When You Lie Down With Dogs…
I didn’t get the chance to watch the “highlights” of the Livingston v Rangers game the other night as I was too busy revelling in the pleasures of an enjoyable evening at Celtic Park. To be honest,I still haven’t bothered my backside with it,unless these three minutes from BT were really the best they could serve up.
Spoiler alert-save yourself some pain and tap on it around 1’14”.
Now,if you watch the incident you will see what everyone else can. And that includes the co-commentators,Craigan and Sutton.
That there is no touch on the ball by the Rangers defender Helander.
That he clearly brings down the Livingston striker Dykes as he is about to burst through on goal. From behind.
That he is clearly the last man.
That it is a red card all day long. To quote Craigan.
Of course that wasn’t how Don Robertson of the Scottish Masonic Refereeing Cabal saw it-at the time,more later. He simply waved play on.
Job done,get the beers in. Just to add insult to injury,he later apologised to Livingston for his latest honest mistake. Presumably via a sign language interpreter,as it is rather difficult to talk while you have a smirk as wide as the River Clyde. He knows he won’t face any sanctions. He knows his stock will,in fact,have risen as a result of his bravery.
But then,we know what the referees are like. We had one of his brethren the other night,one who takes the same perverse delight in undermining his credibility when refereeing a game involving Celtic or Rangers. His own Roll of Honour needs no introduction from me,and nor does that of any of his follow-fellow travellers.
In any decent society,people like this are held to account by The Press. In fact,in any decent society,The Press would be holding their feet to the fire and demanding a confession,their resignation,the sacking of those found to be responsible for them even being in such positions of authority in the first place.
Sadly in Scotland,that is not the case. Now,I can’t access every news site due to paywalls on some of them,but I have not read one single report from the SMSM which said even a fraction of what the BT co-commentators said last night. And I find that strange indeed. Surely-this is football,after all!-there must be someone who saw it,someone with a different opinion from the prevailing view?
I mean,how often have you heard someone discuss an incident-or read about it in the paper-and said-fuxake,you must have been watching a different game from me? And yet we are led to believe that everyone in the press box saw that incident and arrived independently at the same conclusion-that the Rangers defender made a blinding last gasp tackle,which wasn’t from behind in any way,oh no,and deftly nicked the ball away from the onrushing attacker? Oh,and it barely rates a mention anyway.
What a shame then that the referee removed any lingering doubt that it was you,me,the BT crew and all the viewers who were wrong and that our beloved independent media were right. They must have been spluttering into their double brandies when they read about the Robertson Mea Culpa. Any other country-and I apologise for repeating that-would see each and every one of them up in front of the boss to explain themselves.
Except that there is no need for an explanation,is there? It’s a case of toeing the party line or GTF. The press in this country have so alienated the rest of us with their sycophancy and downright lies over the years that they are actually inured to our disdain and contempt. Indeed,they have turned it against us. It is THEY who now treat US with disdain and contempt.
But that has come about over the years by their own actions,actions such as Wednesday night and their reporting of it. They have sickened the vast majority of us so much that we no longer pay into their masterplan. So they can say what they like without having to worry about us withdrawing our support. Because that ship has sailed a long time ago.
What they simply cannot do is lose the support of the southside simpletons who still need their daily fix of supremacy. We have the referees we have because no-one in The Press will hold them to account. And we have The Press we have because no-one with half a brain cell pays for their crap. Who pays the piper calls the tune,but when you lie down with dogs,you get fleas.
And collective myopia.
Above article by BMCUWP. If you fancy a rant,we will publish it for you as Article of the Day. Mail it to Mahe