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Dwight D Eisenhower, Peter Lawwell and the Green Brigade

Written by: John McCrae
Sunday, 23rd July 2017

Former American President, Dwight D Eisenhower wrote: In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

Peter Lawwell is, for those who live on a different planet, the Chief Executive of Celtic FC. The former trainee accountant, who lives in a £2.5 million home in an exclusive area on the outskirts of Glasgow, was appointed in 2003 and, was, until recently also on the SPFL Board, prior to deciding not to stand for re-election and has just been appointed to the board of the SFA's Professional Game Board.

The vastly experienced administrator, who many say actually runs Scottish football, has courted controversy on many occasions in the past and has often come into conflict with his own fans, often for taking home what they consider to be an obscene salary, while not spending on the club's player pool, a large percentage of whom in recent years has comprised loan signings and free transfers, despite raking in huge sums on transfers out.

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All Aboard The Rangers Circus

Written by: 1972
Wednesday, 7th June 2017

Once again, the Rangers circus has rolled in to town, and while the football side of the business appears to be promising (more of that later), the Craig Whyte saga has exploded, with him being found Not Guilty of the fraud charges brought before him.

It would appear that the case failed not because Craig Whyte didn't use Ticketus money secured against Season Ticket income to fund his takeover but because the fraud charges were shambolic.

As Whyte's QC, Donald Findlay's defence was that in the transaction itself David Murray was not a victim of fraud, and essentially it was this argument that settled the case

Ultimately, while Rangers fans are angry at Whyte and his cronies, Murray, and Lloyds bank for an arrangement that benefited these parties, and set the business on the road to Administration, the real issue here is that corporate law across the UK is not fit for purpose.

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Independence Transcends

Written by: D'Artagnan
Thursday, 1st June 2017

'The case for full self-government ultimately transcends the issues of Brexit, of oil, of national wealth and balance sheets and of passing political fads and trends'  (Nicola Sturgeon)

I very much doubt the late Stephen Maxwell, one of the SNP's favoured think tank members in the 1980's would agree with Ms Sturgeon. In 1981 Mr Maxwell urged the party to abandon romantic notions of nationhood and embark on an unsentimental appeal to the social and economic interests of the Scottish people.

So why the change?

The answer is simple - the economic and social interest arguments proposed by the Scottish National Party over the last few years are absolutely in tatters, shredded beyond repair or recovery by both political opponents and political commentators over a course of several years. Furthermore, the SNP propaganda machine, once so well oiled, has shown that even the greatest propaganda machine cannot function effectively in the face of incompetent government.

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Truth And Justice - Police Scotland Must Leave No Stone Unturned

Written by: The Colour Blue
Thursday, 11th May 2017

In 1996, a supremely talented 15 year-old Celtic youth player was brutally murdered in his own home by serial paedophile Brian Beattie, who battered him to death then set fire to his body. Beattie was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment for his appalling crime.

During the investigation, which was clouded by accusations of police corruption, former Celtic coach and kit-man Jim McCafferty was one of the suspects. McCafferty had been a regular visitor to the young players’ home and had phoned him on the day of the grotesque murder. That same year, McCafferty suddenly left his Celtic employ for what an unnamed club spokesman described as ‘personal reasons’. It was subsequently revealed that those ‘personal reasons’ were allegations of sexual impropriety towards young boys. Once again, as with an earlier case of paedophilia uncovered at Celtic FC, serious questions have been asked as to why those running the club declined to call the police when the allegations surfaced.

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Do Not Fund The Scottish Press

Written by: 1972
Thursday, 4th May 2017

It's been fairly obvious for a long time that Scottish Football is absolutely barking, and the last week has proven this beyond all doubt.

Over the last few weeks, Craig Whyte has appeared in court accused of fraud regarding his takeover of Rangers in 2011, defended by former Vice Chairman (and friend of David Murray) Donald Findlay QC, receiving extensive coverage in the media salivating over the exchanges in court, while ignoring the arrest of Frank Cairney on fresh allegations of sex abuse of children while at Celtic Boys club.

The front page of the Daily Record on April 27th tells you all you need to know about where the media in modern day Scotland believe their priorities lie. The front page lead is not the growing evidence of what appears to be a decades long paedophile ring operating at Celtic Boys Club, but court exchanges on financial matters about a business entity that used to own Rangers FC.

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