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“Whyte, 44, is accused with Grier, Whitehouse, Clark and Withey …

Comment on Two wrongs and a right by Homunculus.

“Whyte, 44, is accused with Grier, Whitehouse, Clark and Withey of failing to pay a £2.8million tax bill and VAT, PAYE or national insurance while running the football business.”

I think they will find that if it was Rangers which was registered for VAT and for PAYE then it was Rangers which failed to pay it’s VAT, PAYE and NI contributions.

That may have been through the decisions and actions of it’s officers at the time, however that is exactly the same for every other body corporate.

How often do we read that Starbucks, or Vodaphone, or Amazon failed to pay their taxes. Why is that different for Rangers.

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Two wrongs and a right
Inspired by reading Phil’s latest, in particular with regards Walter (no surname required) and finances.

He said: “People come out and say ‘Ah, it’s not necessary for them to have those players in that division’. But it’s not just the division that matters at Rangers, it’s the fact that you have 45,000 people coming to watch something on a football pitch…they are still losing money. But when you make a decision to be involved at Rangers, there is no common sense to it. The financial bit of Rangers Football Club and common sense don’t often go ­together.”

Tom English’s comment

Why not? What makes Rangers so different that financial common sense has no place at Ibrox? Smith’s analysis was plucked from the David Murray era; freakonomics born of hubris. No common sense? He’s right, there hasn’t been. That’s not to say there shouldn’t be or that there can’t be. There must be. It’s just as well that Wallace has arrived and seems determined to cut costs. Somebody had to shake the club out of its economic time warp and bring certain people to their senses.

I think the above goes a long way to explaining what happened to Rangers and what could happen again. I think it may also explain why they are not paying the fees required to bring the targets in. They simply don’t have the money to.

Only this time it’s more difficult to get credit, either from a bank or from another club. “Somebody had to shake the club out of its economic time warp and bring certain people to their senses.” Or stop giving them credit they can’t afford.

Two wrongs and a right
“Enormous amounts of money have been pumped into the club account by King and a number of his allies and it’s estimated that so far, including cash spent on shares and in repaying Mike Ashley’s £5m loan, the running total stands close to £15m.”

Can we just clear this “pumped into the club” thing up as well. The money for shares did not go to the club, it was private purchase and not a club issue. The money went to the seller.

The rest of the money, including the money to repay Ashley is loans. They can call them “soft loans” if they want but it is still loans which will have to be repaid. They could well be repaid as shares, but all that will mean is that the money from any share issue has already been spent and will not be new money going into the club.

Two wrongs and a right
From Keith Jackson’s piece

“Since bursting his way into the boardroom to liberate his football club from a long line of charlatans …”

I’m assuming there was a charger involved, almost certainly white and probably rampant.

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JANUARY 2, 2018 at 16:03

Not the humility then.

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JANUARY 2, 2018 at 15:37

You guessed, what gave it away.

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Our hero, and he really is a hero is at it again with his self-effacing prose.

“I cover every issue and more often than not you will read it here first. If I were a Superhero and not a mere blogger I would literally champion the oppressed. However as one who believes  that the pen is mightier than the sword I revert to keystrokes. I have never had a tattoo but if I ever decided to go down this route I would choose the Palestinian flag. However as this might offend one of my my best friends, Max in Tel Aviv, I continue to demure.”

I’m assuming he means demur, however he could well be a shy, modest lady. 

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Can you guess who it is yet. 

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THE case for retaining Hampden as the home of Scottish football has been dealt a blow after a survey found just 15 per cent of fans were happy to stay put.


The Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) carried out a survey of just under 3,000 of its members and found only a sixth wanted to see major internationals and cup finals staged at Hampden.

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