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My sister just sent me a link on Facebook about the same BBC criticised rightly above for welcoming the return of their vision and version of Rangers to their rightful place.
It was a small piece specifically criticising the Panorama programme on Monday 4th that avoided any focus or even mention of British Dependancies and led the viewer to focus on Panama.
Here’s a para that sums up the piece and drops a wee nugget in at the end.
“In deliberately obscuring the key role of the British money-laundering base of British Virgin Islands in these transactions, the BBC have demonstrated precisely why the entire database has to be released to the scrutiny of the people, rather than being filtered by the dubious honesty of state and corporate journalists. The BBC targeting of two very low level British minions at the end of their programme does not alter this.
The BBC could also address why their Pacific Quay HQ in Glasgow is leased for £100 million from a hidden ownership company in the Cayman Islands.”

Cheap and tawdry journalism masked as real reportage from our self same BBC many of whose “full time” employees are all registered companies to leverage tax breaks not available to ordinary workers.

We are all stakeholders of this organisation.

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The crowd at Hampden is embarrassing with vast open spaces.

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I think and believe that Political Peter and therefore the club he works for were a major part of the creation and the selling to the other clubs of the 5 way fix created in late 2011 and into 2012.
We don’t know if then there were negotiated “packages” for his and the other cheated clubs as recompense (which I think were likely by the way) or if it was just a mad dash with an invented 5 way scheme to protect the status quo of the duopolistic TV deal that all the chairmen feared losing and wanted to preserve.

Peter was never working alone and everything done would have been in conjunction with the club chairmen in the  SFA’s “inner sanctum” and various advisers. 

Fast forward to today in the count down to the UEFA deadline over the fornicated licence application and Resolution 12.

Why would Mr Lawwell want anything or indeed allow anything to revisit and examine his and other linked footsteps in this historical pragmatic fix?

He just wants to move on and fill Fergus’s stadium at least twice a year.

That’s why I think he welcomes the return of the “Old Firm” even though he is politically savvy enough to avoid those two words for a while, and deep down think he knows Mr King’s 55/45 version share of future spoils might be the best financial model for his business.

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Mr Regan

I’m proud to be one of John Clark’s people.
Like John I’m also not particularly anonymous as a person and lots of my pals call me Andy.
I’ve played football at a good level coached kids teams and still work behind the scenes occasionally for an aspirant East Coast diddy club for whom I buy an annual season ticket.
For what it’s worth I wouldn’t be upset if Celtic and Rangers get beat every Saturday and would quite enjoy it if truth were told.
I also know a little more than most Scottish fans about the events in the run up to and during 2011, 2012 and since because of sites like this.
None of it paints you or your committees and our leading clubs in a particularly good light.
In fact many of your actions are contradictory to a lot of what I fundamentally think is important in sport and life .
Bit by bit all the facts are leeching out and will be pieced together by ordinary supporters like us and sites like this.
To fans like John Clark and me Scottish Football is not a well paid job with a plush office at Hampden, first class perks and a PA to write up my notes when I’m rushing to another important meeting.
Its a simple game and we as stakeholders want it managed fairly and honestly.
You’re not doing that for us because while I trust everything John Clark says I can’t say the same about your own particular output or anything that emanates from your self satisfying and or self important committees.

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It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
I heard today that Craig Graham  the Spartans chairman is awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list. 
I’m pleased for Craig and Spartans. 
Craig took a Corinthian and undisciplined club going nowhere fast, rooted it into a previously ignored community and has achieved some incredible health and social goals deep into that community using football as glue.
other clubs are now slowly learning from his vision and Scottish football is better for what he has done  
Yes he could have been and should have been knighted

but to paraphrase our old pal Red Lichtie
Scottish Football needs more Craig Graham’s. 

It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
DECEMBER 20, 2017 at 09:04Given all the recent conjecture re PSC and potential new loans, I am still wondering what exactly it is that King is getting out of his involvement in T’Rangers.
Some maybes…

Its a legitimate business with amazing annual revenue generation capacity and a very committed customer base and friends on high.

It was a unique opportunity to talk down a share price to the disadvantage of some mug punters and to get significant control level shareholding quite cheaply. 

With an inside well-coiffeured friend in situ he had access to knowledge most people wouldn’t have access to.

There are various sub companies in the group where personal unseen revenue streams might be forthcoming.

It might even be a good way to repatriate monies from South Africa or maybe elsewhere into the UK or indeed somewhere else.

Chairman of an establishment club is also a nice position to have if you have an ego that needs constant tending and you know that no media outlet will ever look at what is really happening under the bonnet. 

Maybe there is also an opportunity to take advantage of some other directorial shareholders, who may be real Rangers men, but are just not be as incisive with the particulars skills G&SL seems to have built his wealth upon.

And finally if there is a sort of nod and wink understanding in certain quarters that when the time is right that SDM and a new consortium will come to the rescue then the shares will be worth having.

Or control of a situation that needs Blair Nimmo or Bryan Jackson called in?

But what do I know anyway?

It Is Better To Offer No Excuse Than A Bad One
John Clark – Have you been tapped up?

Fans for Judicial Review – Counsel Opinion
A few initial thoughts on the counsels view that “There is not a case in law to force the SFA to comply”.

i.e. The SFA has the right not to have a review because there is no precedent.

(I wish Paul McConville was still with us).

Firstly there may be no precedent and yes in law that makes it difficult but surely there must always be a first to make a precedent.

Could this be a first?

Then two thoughts are about following the money because that may also be a route that offers traction.

As someone who paid money to watch the game over the period do I personally and or jointly with other fans who similarly paid have the right to take action either against my club or the SFA?

Are there precedents here?

And on a larger scale if our government have provided funds in any way during the period do we as fans have the right to take action against the government or the government the right to take action against the SFA?

There will almost certainly be precedents here because Government money always comes with built-in controls and conditions attatched.

And looking forward will the Scottish Government ever agree to be seen to provide future funds to an organisation which has highly questionable internal and no external controls?

Who Is Conning Whom?
So the Derek McInnes “Tapping by Media” project failed well after the 11th hour when the media had told us he was already choosing curtains in Glasgow.
The Ibrox club and their fans were convinced by their chairman’s statement last week at the AGM and the media barrage too and last night were in shock and caught napping – hence the stupid press statement and attempt to make it known to us all that they didn’t really want him anyway and were just having a concomitant kick at the McInnes/Docherty tyres.

However that isn’t all that happened yesterday.

There was a wee meeting at Hampden called “The SFA Congress and Convention”.

Its a kind of series of regular very important meetings where everyone who is valued in football gets invited to see what a great job Stewart Regan and the SFA are undertaking on our behalf. 
And let me say that there is no doubt that some of what The Congress seeks to do and does will indeed be for the good but we the fans wouldn’t know it because we were not invited.
This is a paragraph from this weeks SFSA (Scottish Football Supporters Association) newsletter that I received having filled in their recent survey on Scottish Football.

The SFA Convention this ThursdayOn Thursday, member clubs will gather at Hampden for the 2017 Scottish FA convention to share best practice, discuss current trends and participate in workshops geared towards improving the game: scotfa.co/convention17  according to their publicity on social media. Sadly the SFA has failed to invite any representative from Scotland’s only national fans organisation, the SFSA. We had anticipated that given the huge amount of unpaid work that we do for fans and clubs and being Scotland’s representatives at the Football Supporters Europe network our presence might have been merited. Despite claiming it has invited the “football family” the SFA have missed yet another opportunity to engage properly with ordinary football supporters. Could it possibly be related to the independent academic research that we organised last month that dared to criticise the governance of the game or maybe the invite was just lost in the post?
The failure to engage with fans is nonsense.

SFSA’s recent research asked some real questions from over 16000 bona fide Scottish fans. This was an incredible response that provided an incredible insight into what we the fans really think.
I know that Supporters Direct Scotland who are funded by the SFA were there as valued guests but SFSA who have people like Henry McLeish (of the report) and Cathy Jamieson (of Bernard son) on their board were not even invited.

Given that economic analysis of revenue generation confirms that in Scotland the real stakeholders and economic generators are us the fans
We are the people (Sic) who pay for season books and buy merchandise and pies and fund the clubs and their wages.
The people who get to see English Internationals on council telly but not our own country’s.
The people whose game seems to only have Betting Company Sponsors.
The people whose administrators cannot organise things like properly numbered balls in their top cup competitions so that there are two Brora Rangers in some draws!

Why were the SFSA not invited as valued members and contributors to your Congress Stewart?

Are the real fans and their views such a threat to your Congress and Convention?

Is there a danger they might ask questions that don’t fit with your pre determined script?

And a wee hint to the SMSM
Isn’t there a story in this?

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