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If we don’t, we will be weak as a group."
- Mark Warburton

Scotland's Eternal Shame

Written by: The Ref
Saturday, 7th January 2017

In the 60's and 70's the likes of Stuart Hall and Jimmy Savile were given celebrity status. While one regularly appeared on 'It's a knockout', the other was an icon of BBC television. Both were very popular: both were paedophiles. Such was their popularity, and power within the BBC, neither were investigated properly into claims of sexual abuse and molestation against very young children, until after the death of Savile.

I want you to think about those crimes. Molesting a child, raping a child, taking away the purity of a child's mind; forever.

Imagine if it was you, or your child.


How would you feel?

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Scotland's Media - Decision Time

Written by: 1972
Thursday, 5th January 2017

Scotland's Mainstream Media

I didn't enjoy The Ref's piece on VB about Scotland's Mainstream Media. This is because his main observation is that Scotland's mainstream media has long forgotten how to at least make a pretence at impartiality.
It may manifest itself in different ways, but the end result of consciously negative or inaccurate reporting about Rangers and Rangers supporters is the same.

I'm well aware that in this supposed post-truth environment of the SNP, Trump and Brexit era, it is easy for the unhinged online obsessives to manufacture grievances and fake 'news', without facing the consequences of their actions.

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Media Impartiality and Integrity. Rest in Peace

Written by: The Ref
Tuesday, 3rd January 2017

The BBC, the Scottish mainstream written media, and BT Sport. All guilty of doing nothing to promote equality and impartiality in the media; indeed, all guilty of killing off impartiality and integrity in Scotland.

The BBC. From taking any, and every opportunity to attack our club and us: its supporters, to creating television programmes using unlawfully obtained information, in order to cast our club as some kind of social pariah.

If you have happened to have had the misfortune to tune into BBC Radio Scotland, you may be forgiven for thinking you had tuned into Radio Dublin.

Scottish accents have been replaced by southern Irish, and I do wonder whether this is due to the BBC Bias against Rangers in Scotland. If it's not Pat Bonner, it's Tom English. Both barely conceal their hatred of our club, and gush over a club that concealed the fact that a paedophile was operating in that very same club.

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Cultural Genocide In Scotland

Written by: The Ref
Monday, 2nd January 2017

In 1944, Raphael Lemkin distinguished the concept of cultural genocide (also referred to as cultural cleansing), as a component to genocide. The term was considered in the draft of the 2007 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; however it was removed in the final document. The precise definition of the term is unclear, and although some people have tried to align the term with ethnocide, it is important that we do not confuse genocide based on ethnicity with genocide of a culture.

In Article 7 of a 1994 draft of the United Nations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the term cultural genocide was used; however the draft failed to define what it meant. The complete article in the draft is reproduced below:

Indigenous people have the collective and individual right not to be subjected to ethnocide and cultural genocide, including prevention of and redress for:
[a] Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities;
[b] Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources;
[c] Any form of population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights;
[d] Any form of assimilation or integration by other cultures or ways of life imposed on them by legislative, administrative or other measures;
[e] Any form of propaganda directed against them.

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'Without fear or favour' - we will accept no other

Written by: General Schomberg
Tuesday, 13th December 2016

As the child abuse scandal currently shaking Scottish football rumbles on, it’s plain to see that Celtic Football Club sit uncomfortably at the top of the league table when it comes to paedophiles who operated in their midst. Only the most one-eyed, shameless of Celtic supporters – and unfortunately there seems to be a lot of them – could deny that Celtic have a huge headache. To their continued opprobrium there appears to be a policy of omerta from the Parkhead hierarchy, with rent-a-quote Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell and his posse of on-message journalists apparently having suddenly lost their tongues. Is there still a reluctance to put the welfare of children before “keeping the name of the club clean at all times” at Kerrydale Street? It’s high time Lawwell broke from his bunker and answered that question. Celtic will be judged not only by their flagrantly reprehensible history in this regard but also by their conduct now and in future. To date, their response - or lack of it – has been ignominious.

Serious questions must also be asked of Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP, who appear to be determined to shirk any obligation for an enquiry into historical child abuse in football. Speaking on BBC Scotland’s Sunday Politics show, the bumbling John Swinney crudely attempted to switch focus and responsibility from his party to the Scottish Football Association. Are the football allegiances of SNP MP’s and MSP’s and the potential votes from supporters of certain football clubs more important to the SNP than a heartfelt in-depth investigation to find out what went wrong and hopefully negate the possibility of any repeat?

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