Good Try Mr. McKenzie

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With Chris Jack piling the blame for TRFC’s problems squarely …

Comment on Good Try Mr. McKenzie by Allyjambo.

With Chris Jack piling the blame for TRFC’s problems squarely on Warburton’s shoulders, and continuing to push the idea that there is money available, but not to an incompetent manager, and even letting us know that it was Warburton who wanted Joey Barton and was ‘backed’ by the board, Keith Jackson joins in the ‘Warbo must go’ Monday morning Level5 push with the following:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/opinion/sport/mark-warburton-been-wounded-one-9763040#ICID=sharebar_twitter

And what to make of this from Jackson’s spread?

‘It was almost as if, having restored order behind the scenes at the club, some of the inflated egos inside that boardroom believed they were more deserving of the adulation and respect which Warburton was being afforded by the club’s supporters.
And especially so when they felt strong armed into doubling his wages later that summer, in the knowledge they might be hounded out of office had they refused.
The truth of the matter is King was forced into fulfilling a promise he made to his manager and he did so through tightly gritted teeth. But it meant that Warburton and his bosses were on uneasy terms before a ball had even been kicked in this season’s top-flight campaign.’

See that Warburton, expecting good men like Dave King to fulfil promises! What next, refusing to give up on a lucrative contract without compensation, even if confronted with the evidence that TRFC really, really can’t afford to honour it?

Perhaps Warburton should go, before he loses his ‘legend’ status at Ibrox!

It may be worth noting, though, that Jackson’s puff piece, while continuing with the downgrading of the manager, doesn’t completely exonerate King and the board, but the words he uses are sufficiently soft to be missed by all but the most enquiring bear. For it is at the bears, and the bears alone, that these pieces are aimed.

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bluFebruary 6, 2017 at 11:26

Thanks for the update, Blu, it does explain the journalistic quality to the piece. It doesn’t, though, excuse his apparent reluctance to pursue the issue, and subsequent issues, to it’s logical conclusion! I can only assume he was asked by his editor to do a proper journalistic review of what had happened, and has not been asked to, or has been discouraged from, follow it up in a true journalistic manner.

The link in my last post shows how only one voice, or newspaper (the Munich Post), is not enough to stop the big lies becoming the ‘normalized’ truth! It is, in my opinion, only the continued efforts of online blogs like this, whether we bring ‘exclusive’ news and leaks or just continue to analyse current and old information, that prevents the ‘normalization’ of lies such as the ‘Continuation myth’! 


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Completely off topic, and perhaps not really suitable for this blog, but I felt I really want to share this here. Basically it is an essay by Ron Rosenbaum, an eminent, as far as I am aware, authority on Adolph Hitler’s rise to power. He has been asked, a number of times, to compare Hitler’s rise with that of Donald Trump, and only now can see the true comparison. But it’s not for Trump’s rise that I draw this to your attention, but as an example of how seemingly quite ignorant, apparently unintelligent people can, through ruthlessness and lies, sell a great, destructive lie.

Many people on internet blogs compared certain aspects of our saga to Hitler and Naziism, but that comparison was, rightfully, discouraged as trivialising the horrors of the Nazis, and, in particular, the Holocaust. I am not suggesting that anyone should read this as a tool to compare anything, or anyone, involved in the ‘Rangers Saga’ with Hitler or Naziism, but merely as an example of how people can come to power by hoodwinking the public, and how the lies they use can be ignored and ‘normalized’ once they are in power.

I leave it to the reader to decide whether or not Ron Rosenbaum is right in what he says about Trump and Hitler, and he is mainly comparing tactics rather than character, and warn that it has left me feeling rather more depressed about the world than I was before reading.

On it’s value to this blog, I do find the last sentence to be most pertinent, and, again referring only to what we seek, it’s most depressing words, for they are his only hope for the truth to triumph. I am sure you will, without reading Rosenbaum’s essay, understand what I mean when I say it was;

‘Support your local journalist.’

Please read, though I can assure you, you will not enjoy;

https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/normalization-lesson-munich-post/


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HighlanderFebruary 6, 2017 at 07:28

The writer, Mike Small, got just about everything right in that article, except for the optimism that sporting integrity had been saved. I do wonder, though, what the writer would write now if commissioned to do a short history of Scottish football since 2012!

Would he write how his optimism has been dashed by the continuation of the myth and all that surrounds it, and be justifiably angry at the men who allowed integrity to be lost?

Or! Would he give an explanation of how he, and everyone else, got it wrong in the aftermath of the failed CVA, and that the SFA, the SPL and the media just needed to take the word of a lying spiv to learn why a club called Rangers could never die?

Or! Would he just write it as though he’d never written that fine article in the first place and be as complicit as all the rest?

I have to wonder how a journalist, for that article was clearly written by someone deserving of that title, could write such a scathing summation of the SFA and SPL and, in particular, Regan and Doncaster, and yet be so silent over the Resolution 12 issue! That must have seemed like manna from heaven to a journalist who could write, just a few years earlier, of the saving of sporting integrity, as this was a signal that something much worse than the loss of any sort of integrity had taken place! If he genuinely believed, as this article suggests, that Regan, along with Doncaster, should have been chased from Scottish football, here was the perfect opportunity to make that happen!

I can only assume that Mike Small has retired, or else has allowed his own journalistic integrity to fall beside the sporting integrity of Scottish football! Shame.


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Big PinkJanuary 2, 2018 at 13:54 
AJI suspect the TDs are not from SFM folk (remember the ratings are available to all manner of trolls). It is a disgusting world-view if made in earnest. A shocking way to score a point if not.
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I didn’t, for a moment, suspect they were from anyone who posts here, even the more prolific troll posters are better than that, I am sure. 

For some time now I have had the feeling that there is someone, or some people, coming on here and just TDing a number of posts without bothering to read their content, either out of malice or as some sort of concerted effort on behalf of people with reason to dislike our message. It really is quite strange how, suddenly, a number of posts receive one, two or occasionally three thumbs down in very short order, and often posts like uth’s, that could offend no one, receive these petty TDs as a result. 

I can honestly say that I have never read anything from our regular, or occasional, posters that might suggest they would TD anything relating to that terrible day. I include, of course, all supporters of Celtic and RFC/TRFC who have, over the years, made their arguments on SFM. My experience of Celtic supporters talking of that day is one that leaves me certain in the knowledge that only the basest of their support (and we all have them) were not badly effected by the disaster and in full sympathy with the deceased, their families and the wider Rangers support. 

I can still remember that night, sitting in the Queens Arms in Edinburgh, watching the death count rising on the TV, waiting for one of our mates we knew was at the game, getting more and more nervous until he appeared. It had a lasting effect on me.


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upthehoopsJanuary 2, 2018 at 08:52 29 2
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On this day in 1971, the Ibrox disaster happened during a Rangers v Celtic game at Ibrox. 66 fans died in a crush. Some of us remember that day, some of us may even have been there, while some of us would not even be on this earth at the time. We are all football fans. Nobody should go to a football match and never return home. Rest in Peace.
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Wow! I know we are not meant to put much store on the thumbs up or down, but two people have given thumbs down to this post! Who on earth could find fault with a post respecting the dead from the Ibrox disaster?

It kind of confirms my belief that there are people coming onto this site who don’t read the posts, but are assigned with the task of creating the appearance that there is some disagreement with posts that mostly criticise Rangers(IL) and TRFC and hit the TD button without thought.

Alternatively, of course, it could just be that others, like myself, have difficulty hitting the correct symbol on tablets or mobile phones, I certainly hope that is the case here.

Thanks to Upthehoops for reminding us of that sad day, something we should do every year as a mark of respect for those who died on Scottish football’s worst day.


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DarkbeforedawnJanuary 2, 2018 at 03:48 
Stevie BC, the issue with declaring himself bankrupt is it stops him holding any director role in a company in the UK and possibly South Africa. I can’t see him doing that “for the sake of the club”. I think like Murray before him he likes the limelight. He knows very well the best option for the club would be resign as any acting party in the club and still provide the soft loans. It would take all scrutiny away from the club and could leave the chairman role to someone more respected such as Alistair Johnston. That would stop the risk of the TOP ruling having such a huge impact on the club. It’s the selfless and obvious choice to make and he could still be seen as the saviour from abroad saving the club through loans, but he wouldn’t get the same exposure he so much craves. His defiance is what will lead to his downfall and his selfishness could lead lead to the downfall of the club.
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DBD, though I used your above post to highlight the impossibility of separating club from company, I have to agree, to some extent, with the thrust of the post. While I am not sure that by declaring himself bankrupt that King could escape the wrath of the TOP and CoS, he isn’t going to do anything for the benefit of your club if it doesn’t benefit him, or save him, at the same time.

That said, however, King’s ‘ownership’ of the NOAL Trust was established in court to the judge’s satisfaction, and I doubt that he would get away with making further loans to RIFC plc through it or any other hidden avenue, once declared bankrupt. Indeed, despite my limited knowledge of bankruptcy laws, I am certain that King (or anyone else) can’t just announce bankruptcy and clear themselves of all fiscal responsibilities, they have to prove they have no money to meet their debts, and as far as we know, King doesn’t have any – and if he had, the court would make sure the funds in his NOAL Trust would be used to meet them, as far as possible, with, I am sure, an investigation into what other (disguised)investments he holds. One thing’s for sure, he would not be allowed to ‘lend’ any money to RIFC/TRFC, and, if he does, indeed, have substantial debts, his creditors might well force the return of his existing RIFC loans to meet his debts.

One thing’s for sure, the law will not allow someone to avoid the consequences of breaking the laws and regulations of the land by availing one’s self of the laws of bankruptcy! While a little tax cheating scrote like Barry Ferguson might get away with transferring his assets to his wife, just prior to receiving his tax bill, King and his money are already on the court’s radar and I doubt that even his Masonic connections would be enough to let him get away with further fraudulent behaviour.

Something I am sure of, and has to be considered before wondering if bankruptcy is a way out for both/either King or RIFC, and that is – you have to have debts that you demonstrably can’t meet before you can petition for bankruptcy. Unless King has very substantial debts, that outweigh, at least, the funds held in the NOAL Trust, then he has no grounds to declare himself bankrupt.


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DarkbeforedawnJanuary 2, 2018 at 03:48 
Stevie BC, the issue with declaring himself bankrupt is it stops him holding any director role in a company in the UK and possibly South Africa. I can’t see him doing that “for the sake of the club”. I think like Murray before him he likes the limelight. He knows very well the best option for the club would be resign as any acting party in the club and still provide the soft loans. It would take all scrutiny away from the club and could leave the chairman role to someone more respected such as Alistair Johnston. That would stop the risk of the TOP ruling having such a huge impact on the club. It’s the selfless and obvious choice to make and he could still be seen as the saviour from abroad saving the club through loans, but he wouldn’t get the same exposure he so much craves. His defiance is what will lead to his downfall and his selfishness could lead lead to the downfall of the club.
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Hi, DBD, and a Happy New Year to you.

While your recent posts have been pretty good, showing a realistic approach to what’s happening at your club, might I ask how it could be that the chairman of RIFC’s selfishness, and I presume you include his dishonesty in that, could lead to your club’s downfall, if, as you’ve previously claimed, the club is separate from the company? Surely, in your belief structure, it would only be the company, TRFC Ltd, that would ‘fall down’, and the club would just sit around, responsible for none of the inherent financial chicanery of the ‘overspend our way to success’ ethos that permeates at Ibrox, until some new ‘football company’ is set up to carry the can again!

I know it’s a bit early in the year to reintroduce the OC/NC debate, but I am wondering if you’ve, perhaps, come to realise that the idea that a football club can, for some skewed reason, escape the consequences of it’s own greed, is pretty ludicrous?


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ODDJOBJANUARY 1, 2018 at 13:42
Allyjambo,Thanks.I also suspect that the assignation of ” ra deeds” would provoke an angry response in some quarters
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And I suspect that the assignation of ‘ra deeds’, should it ever come to pass, might well be the last throw of the dice! What’s more, once any assets are used as security, it reduces the amount the current lenders are likely to get in the event of liquidation. It may well be that the directors, who are now refusing to give more loans, have, rather than reached the end of their free funds, decided that the lending has reached a level greater than, or close to, the total value of the group’s assets.

It’s one thing lending without security when in a position to ensure there is enough in the pot to, more or less, cover the amount of the loans, it’s an altogether different thing once someone else gets that security!

Whatever the accounts give as a value for the fixed and current assets, the directors will all have a very good idea of the realisable value of those assets (particularly the heritable asset value), and should total creditors begin to outstrip that value, they may well begin to wonder if it’s time to call in the administrators. Granting security over some of the heritable assets would only hasten the moment for unpleasant decisions.

If PMGB is correct in saying King is looking out for loans secured on the club’s heritable assets, then I am certain that the rest of the directors would carry out proper due diligence on the potential lenders before granting any security. Not that they have any dodgy characters in their midst, or anything, just that they are canny businessmen.


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