The Vice Closes


AllyjamboSeptember 12, 2017 at 08:07 ‘…. So how can we, or …

Comment on The Vice Closes by John Clark.

AllyjamboSeptember 12, 2017 at 08:07
‘…. So how can we, or anyone fully aware of these known knowns, believe that the advice given was as a result of a full appraisal of the facts, rather than as a result of selective details given to counsel by these conflicted participants in the greatest crime Scottish football has ever had committed against it?’
In essence, Aj, and while keeping a true appreciation of the relativities, what we have is the near equivalent of a Hillsborough cover-up.

There are men in office in Scottish Football who have so much to hide that, as you say, it has taken them a number of years to get their lying act together.

They now feel that they are home and dry, just as those under scrutiny after Hillsborough must have felt.

It might indeed be that conscienceless men such as they will stagger on for a generation or two before we get the full truth.

But they will stagger on as reviled,despised, and worthless human beings, deliberately choosing expediency over truth.

And, whether they be in their unhallowed graves when it happens, happen it will: the truth will out.

Very, very bad cess to them.

And to the despicable ‘gentlemen of the Press’


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If the SFA had  over the last 5 or 6 years put as much energy and commitment into developing our national team as they put into trying to protect SDM’s/CW’s RFC(IL) and creating and supporting the Big Lie to benefit CG’s new creation ,destroying all trust in their integrity in the process, perhaps we might not yet again have been humiliated on the world stage.
If there is any consolation for us, the punters, it is in the fact that our Administrators cannot bask in unmerited glory.
Bad cess to them.

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 Thinking idly of this coming week’s Court hearings, I had occasion to browse through the reports of one of the two previous cases of ‘cold-shouldering’.
 I detest all financial shysters, tricksters, conmen, Del boys, and barra-boys I read with relish this little piece of the report.see
page 11, para 27
“The Panel’s public statement of censure of Mr Morton on 23 February 2015 caused Investec to undertake a review of previous transactions in which they had acted for Mr Morton.
On 25 February 2015 Mr Hollier telephoned Mr Morton to tell him that the July 2013 purchase of Hubco shares had taken the interests of the Morton family to 31.6% of the Hubco issued share capital. The material part of that telephone conversation was as follows: 10“ EH: It looks like that took the percentage from about 28.2 to 31.6. RM: [Snort] EH: Yeah. So my compliance department have asked if you could seek advice on that now you are aware and if you could notify the Takeover Panel and get their… RM: [Incredulous laughter] EH: … opinion on where you stand. RM: Oh dear. EH: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. RM: Shit. That’s the one that’s… where’s that listed on? EH: It’s listed on the ISDX Market which used to be .. .RM: ISDX. EH: … which used to be Plus Markets. I don’t know if it was Plus Markets whenthe trades were done. So I’m not sure. RM: [Sigh]. Right, right, right, right, right, right, right, right, right. Oh f*** EH: So, I’m guessing you weren’t aware of that and I wasn’t aware of that and obviously having everything analysed has brought that up. RM: Christ, I wasn’t aware of it either. Just a cash shell sitting there. EH: I know, so obviously, I’ve been asked to call you to notify you as obviously we found out this morning and I think the Firm’s position is we need to notify you as soon as we realise that there’s an issue thereand obviously they’ve asked if you can notify the Takeover Panel and obviously seek their….”
and so on. The guys acting in concert were ‘ cold-shouldered’, guilty as charged. I found that little extract quite amusing. Would it be very bad of me to hope that the next case of ‘cold-shouldering’ might be of someone known to us?
( Just noticed this post went into moderation-I forgot to put asterisks into a certain four-letter word!)

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It’s round about now, I suppose, that the material for this year’s Celtic’s AGM will be getting put together. 

Can we take it, I wonder, that shareholders will be reminded that Res 12 from 2013 has still not been formally debated and voted upon, and, as far as I know, has not been formally withdrawn?

And that the Board will confirm that they will be scrutinising whatever the Compliance Officer comes up with, with a readiness to take legal action if trustworthy evidence suggests that criminal conspiracy may have taken place?

‘Horse-trading’ in such circumstances simply will not do.The loss to a small-to-medium sized business of 2 or 3 million pounds is not so trivial and insignificant as to be blithely brushed aside.

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Questions, questions, questions
Wokingcelt 20th August 2022 At 23:54
‘..Is it too much to ask that the pundits I (we) are paying for know the freaking rules????.
What I have often wondered is why ,when refereeing decisions are being hotly debated on TV or radio football programmes , the text of the relevant rules of the game aren’t flashed up on screen or quoted verbatim on the radio, so that the discussion is based not on what people THINK the rule says or on what they think it SHOULD say but on what the rule ACTUALLY says
(I’ m listening to Michael Stewart wittering on just now on Sportsound)

Questions, questions, questions
” There are shades of Mandy Rice-Davies in this explanation – ‘They would say that,
wouldn’t they ?’ ”
So remarks Mr Justice Julian Knowles in the judgment issued today in the case
Ghanem Al-Masarir – Claimant
– and –
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Defendant.”

Boy, that took me back a wheen of years- Christine Keeler, Stephen Ward, John Profumo and all that.
I mention it partly from nostalgia for that period of my life, in which Cabinet Ministers who lied to Parliament were not able to brazen it out, but mostly because of the delight I would feel if I were to hear a Judge of the Court of Session say those words in relation to the out-thrust-chin and/or whining , aggrieved assertions by the Ibrox Board and the SMSM that ‘it’s the same club’!

Oh, for a ‘litigation-expenses-worth’ of a Lottery win!

[the case is about whether the Kingdom of Saudi is immune under The State Immunity Act 1978 and cannot be sued in the UK in an action for damages etc brought by a Saudi national granted asylum in the UK some years ago who claims that the Saudi government authorised the hacking his iPhones etc, eavesdropping on him remotely by means of ‘Pegasus’, harassment of him , and the ‘ beating him up’ in London.
If you are interested the link is ]

Questions, questions, questions
Further to my post of 18th August 2022 At 12:22, I had to look up where exactly the New Town Theatre is.
I had a chuckle to myself when I discovered that The Strand’s New Town Theatre (venue 7) is in the Freemasons’ Hall, George St Edinburgh!
Unbidden , a couple of lines from T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” sprang to mind:
” I grow old…I grow old
I shall wear my trouser bottoms rolled”
Incidentally, the last Festival Fringe thingy I attended was Spiers ‘chatting’ with Stuart Cosgrove-in 2015, I think.
Cosgrove was flogging his new book “Detroit ’67” at the time. I bought a copy , of course, and he happily scribbled ‘ To John Clark, SFM ‘ seemingly aware of the blog.
I’ve half a mind to go see Thomson. I wonder is he flogging a book?

Questions, questions, questions
Wokingcelt 18th August 2022 At 09:30
‘..I see that Graham Spiers is interviewing Alex Thompson on Friday 26th August.’
As to which ,Wokingcelt, Spiers had his chance in 2012 to speak the truth about the Big Lie created by the football authorities and eagerly supported and propagated by the football hacks of the SMSM and the BBC. And didn’t take his chance.
Alex Thomson began well and bravely enough, but either his courage failed him or he became so disgusted with the Scottish media sports hacks and editors that he despaired of their biased/frightened/ partisan/ lying hearts being willing to tell the plain, simple sports AND business truth: namely, that RIFC plc is not the holding company of RFC of 1872 foundation, but of the football club that was set up by CG’s consortium and newly admitted into Scottish football in 2012, and that it’s a monstrous fiction that TRFC is 150 years old and laden with sporting honours.
It’s with this in mind that I read a piece by Alistair Grant in ‘The Scotsman’ this morning, and laughed hollowly, as you will too, I’m sure when you read this excerpt in which he quotes with approval these words of the First Minister:
” Hurling abuse at journalists is never acceptable. Their job is vital to our democracy and it is to report and scrutinise, not to support any viewpoint”
Apparently, BBC Scotland editor James Cook was the target of abuse at some hustings in Perth on Tuesday evening, being called among other things ‘a liar’.
I know him not.
But he works for BBC Scotland, which propagates , deliberately, an untruth- in a mere matter of Sport!
I don’t know Alistair Grant either: but I have never heard him, or read of him, ripping into any of the Scottish football hacks for failing in their ‘vital to democracy’ job of ‘reporting and scrutinising’

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Big Pink 17th August 2022 At 11:47
‘..The workaround is to click on the “login” menu item at the top of the page.’
Well done, that man! It’s good to be able to post, and thanks for the ‘workaround’

I had wanted to post yesterday[Tuesday, now] because, pursuing my curiosity about how the Board of the SPFL can( apparently] accept that 5 of the member clubs, Hibs, Aberdeen, Dundee, Dundee United, and Hearts, could without Board authorisation, commission a ‘review’ into the business of the SPFL, I had read in the Scotsman that
” As a follow-up to the [Deloitte] report, an innovation and strategy group of representatives from Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Hibs and Rangers has now developed a five-year strategic action plan”

All of a sudden, two clubs that were not part of the ‘commissioning’ group are in there , grubbing away!
Is the SPFL Board really and truly operating as a Board of Directors?
What kind of numpty organisation is the SPFL?
Geez, it’s surely bad enough to be defenders and promoters of a lie: to be in addition useless toss-pots that are not in charge as any kind of board of directors should be is quite, quite telling.

Not immediately related to that, was I alone in thinking that the ‘Asset and Undertaking Transfer Agreement’ between the SPL and the SFL occasioned extinction of the SFL?
I learned today that the SFL was never an incorporated company registered with Companies House.

If you look up Scottish Football League on CH, you will see that there is indeed a company of that name; but
incorporated only on 27 June 2012, with share capital of £2.00, 2 shares both owned by the SPFL! with Neil Doncaster as CEO.
Not at all sure why the SPFL should want to own a new SFL?
Anybody explain?

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