The site is,as ever,grateful for the following article on media cant and hypocrisy by AULDHEID. He doesn’t pull any punches!
My Hypocrisy Knows No Bounds. (Doc Holiday to Wyatt Earp in Tombstone the movie)
Having recently read the Gordon Waddle article from the JJ site and JJ’s references to Jackson’s similar attack based on a moral duty for Celtic to pay up, and an exchange on Twitter with Neil Cameron that brings up journalists past failings starting with a Tweet that says:
“ It’s amazing how this topic is written about by so many sports journalists but in 2012 some refused to be drawn on anything but football due to threats and loss on jobs. I find that rather bemusing”
(see https://twitter.com/NeilCameron5/status/1136363619678064640 for the Twitter chain. The topic being Child Abuse and the moral duty of Celtic to act on it.)
Standard Disclaimer First.
Before going any further I view the damage done by child abuse as the equivalent of spiritual murder for which appropriate sanctions, justice and remedies must apply, but is it not hypocritical to demand for enquiries on moral grounds for child abuse but then use that deeply moral argument to tar and smear anyone asking for moral justice in football as “disgusting” as Cameron did in response to the Tweet?)
Cameron isn’t alone in this of course, Alex Thomson had to face the same sort of judgement when he mentioned Rangers avoiding paying £48M+ in tax via use of an unlawful ebt scheme. The child abuse at Celtic Boys Club provides those who cheated Scottish football for years yet retain the results, with both a shield and a moral weapon of choice. There is obviously an attempt to use events of 30 years ago to cripple Celtic financially, but the question is who is behind it and why?
Have the Rangers Board said anything to their supporters to distance themselves from the supporter’s paedophile ring claims that are a constant attempt at blackening Celtic’s name?
Has there been any statement by the current Rangers Board out of respect for the victims that it is wrong of their support to make such accusations and demands for investigation, or would that be taken to be they know they live in a glass house of their own that they don’t want investigated?
Have Celtic asked that they do so? Why not given the dubiety of the moral basis of their supporter’s motivation and reputational damage to Celtic?
Using morality as a weapon to undermine Celtic is a two edged sword, where the accusations of “disgusting” made by Cameron in response to the opening observation on Twitter is used against anyone seeking football justice but blocked by the 5 Way Agreement.
Celtic must be aware of it’s contents as there is no way Celtic would have been unsighted on it before it was lodged.
Whilst the commercial imperatives that made some agreement necessary are understandable, why were Sevco able to make being given Rangers Full SFA Membership a condition of agreement when after 5 years, had they followed the normal rules in 2012 for a new club, (Registered, Associate then Full SFA Membership after 5 Years) they would have become Full SFA Member? Why were they not told to sling their hook, particularly as such agreement is at SFA discretion under rules with a title prohibiting such transfer, discretion that also conflicts with the UEFA view as expressed by Traverso in his letter of June 2016 (see Res12 Archive) based on Article 12 of UEFA FFP?
We know a side letter to the 5 Way Agreement exists (making it part of the agreement ) it seems to provide immunity to ” Sevco for the sins of Oldco, and something in the 5 Way itself has diverted the SFA limited and so questionable investigation into UEFA Licensing in 2011 (https://www.Res12.uk ) from their own SFA Judicial Panel Protocol Tribunal to the Court of Arbitration on Sport.
All of this suggests Sevco under Charles Greene must have had some bargaining power, even allowing for none of the clubs in Scotland wanting to lose the income that Oldco brought to the game, that would make the SFA/SPL more than willing to bargain integrity away.
Why are SFA and member clubs not reminding The Rangers Board that the 5 Way Agreement, that sacrificed the integrity of Scottish Football at the altar of commercialism is not a pardon for past sins, or is it?
Then there is the sheer hypocrisy from a supporter base that sees nothing immoral about cheating the tax payer of millions that could have helped the sick, that wants to retain titles won by use of a tax scheme Rangers FC used UNLAWFULLY, a support so keen on morality they have never asked for LNS to be revisited when the Supreme Court ruled that their club HAD used EBTS unlawfully , which totally undermined the LNS statement that supported his “no sporting advantage decision viz:
LNS 104. “ Nor is it a breach of SPL or SFA Rules for a club to arrange its affairs – WITHIN THE LAW – so as to minimise its tax liabilities. The Tax Tribunal has held (subject to appeal) that Oldco was acting within the law in setting up and operating the EBT scheme.”
In what world does unlawful and within the law both mean lawful?
To be fair it wasn’t just the Rangers support not wanting an enquiry, the SFA rejected an SPFL request to open one. However is that based on the greater danger to the game of the SFA’s (and then SPL’S) part in attempting to minimise ten years at least of Rangers dishonesty and bad faith to fellow member clubs to one of a lesser registration issue , rather than the breach of faith or the fraud that HMRC considered had taken place, something that can also found from reading the Res12 Archive,linked above.
On the registration issue alone, other clubs have lost points since 2012 for incorrect registration and the Welsh FA have shown recently how much they value upholding the integrity of Welsh football when registration rules were breached. Points deducted. End of, no imperfectly registered but eligible argument.
So let’s take no hypocritical crap that uses one degree of morality to bury another. Celtic should be quietly reminding The Rangers Board that they are only there because of an agreement that Celtic were party to, an agreement reached under fear and possibly threat and tell them to call off their laptop loyal dogs of war and remind their support what decency is, whilst doing the decent thing themselves on both issues.
They should be asking the laptop loyal why when given precise details of events in 2014 showing material kept from LNS (there is a list of journalist names) the SMSM failed to pursue?
They should be asked why they did not follow up the Tax Justice Network report of 2016 and seek answers from the SFA and why when pointed at the Res12 Archive recently , they refuse to comment on the basis it refers to a dated issue.
An excuse that totally ignores the serious questions of governance the Archive raises about the UEFA Licensing process itself as well as the SMSM’s own part in making the original issue dated by not investigating, having been provided with sufficient reason to do so with the Charlotte Fakeover leaks from summer of 2013.
Using the “provenance” of the material issue as an excuse instead of door stopping the SFA and SPFL to confirm or refute the Charlotte Fakeover narrative is surely a dereliction of reporting duty?
I suspect most know they have been derelict and can only attack those who say so.Neil Cameron had one of his regular smears against Phil Mac Giolla Bháin. Something that led to the Herald man leaving the NUJ after internal action was taken by the journalists’ union. See here.”
The problem here of course is that going on the front foot requires Celtic to be honest with their support on what the 5 Way has bound Celtic to and what its consequences have been for Res12. A tangled blue web of lies has been woven to ensure ST sales stay high at both Ibrox and Celtic Park, and in Scottish football perhaps that is all that matters, but it is harder work pedalling a lie than is pedalling the truth.
A wise man once said
“ The Truth shall set you free”
So instead of energies being expended on a corrupt commercial business model that might recreate the same conditions that brought about Rangers demise in 2012 why don’t all parties to the 5 Way Agreement be truthful. Rip it Up and Start Again or is that not the right thing to do?
Our grateful thanks to AULDHEID for his work on the above article,and obviously for all the work he has done over the past six years as one of the Resolution 12 campaigners. You too can have your observations laid out as Article of the Day. Mail it to Mahe