Your Silent Face
Morning,all. Another powerful GUEST ARTICLE for you this morning.
I originally entitled this ‘Power, Corruption and Lies’ after New Order’s second LP but had second thoughts on completion,and thought the first track on Side 2 was more relevant….
After taking the moral high ground again in retaliation against the Morelos Racism claims of the 29th Dec, I was gutted to hear of the arrest and charge of a suspect…until I heard the finer details, of which to be fair, there were few.
This from the Police Scotland website;
Boy charged in connection with racist chants, Glasgow
Published 10 February 2020
Police Scotland can confirm that a 12-year-old boy has been charged and reported in relation to racist chants directed at a Rangers player at the Celtic v Rangers SPFL match on Sunday, 29 December, 2019.
Superintendent Mark Sutherland, of Greater Glasgow Division: “Abuse of any form is completely unacceptable and Police Scotland will continue to rigorously investigate any reports of abuse we receive and bring those responsible before the relevant authorities.
“We’d remind the public that, as the person charged is below the age of 18, he cannot be named or identified for legal reasons as per the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995.”
We’ve read plenty about this, from the Red Tops to the Broadsheets to the blogs so we’re all very aware of the difference of opinion on the situation. Everyone appears to be singing from the same song sheet regarding the alleged crime…we all agree it is disgusting and there is no place for it in any modern society.
Most of the articles I’ve read have been about the timing of the news release or the supposed Season Ticket holders who informed the authorities or the Press release by The Rangers or their fan group Club 1872 or even our own bloggers and posters who subscribe to the stories of the Unseen Hand playing a vital role in proceedings but what really piqued my interest was the actual story. Not the reportage that exploded immediately on its release but the actual story itself.
I am not convinced this is real, it might well be but I am not yet convinced. There is no information at all contained in the Police Scotland statement which allows us to come to any opinion as to the veracity of how the charge was arrived at and on that basis I suppose we must accept it as truth. Although the fact there is very little detail should lead us to ask why that should be the case.
Did two adult season ticket holders at Celtic Park actually report a juvenile to the Police for this action? Although Paul67 has a moral point that we should all agree with I think it is an extremely unlikely course of action for TWO adults to take. Surely one, at least, would take a temperate attitude that ‘He’s only a daft boy! You can’t report him, mate! How would you feel if it was your boy?’ And, in the event of a disagreement one manages to convince the other it’s the right thing to do? No way! I like to think I have high moral standards but it would have to be absolutely exceptional circumstances for me to report a 12 year old boy to the police at a fitba match. If that part is true these two adults really need to have along hard look at themselves. It just doesn’t ring true for me.
Too Much Too Young:
It is also convenient that the boy, if he exists, is of an age where he can be charged but not identified. He is at a criminally-convenient age, in this case, whereby he can be charged and convicted of a serious crime but in the child’s interest he can never be named…and none of the parties involved can ever disclose what if anything actually happened. I don’t think we’ll never know the truth. This gives Police Scotland a ready-made reason to withhold information if, of course that information exists.
Six Weeks and One Day:
The next thing was the timing of the whole incident, from it being reported after the match to the Police Scotland press release of the charge. The match was played on Dec 29th, the news of the charge was released on Feb 10th. FORTY THREE DAYS! Really? Did it take that long? Is that a reasonable amount of time to take, is it worth requesting a Freedom Of Information to ascertain police man hours spent on this incident! It doesn’t stack up for me.
If we knew the WHY of this case we would surely be on our way to solving the wider issues facing this divided little country. Why would Police Scotland invest so much time and effort on this to finally come up with ONE 12 YEAR OLD BOY. Seriously! If there is truth in this story, and if the boy is guilty then you could argue it is worth it. It would be one more step towards a racism-free society. A hard lesson learned for a boy who is still too daft to really understand the world. And here comes another but, BUT how much time do Police Scotland spend pursuing the ABSOLUTELY BLATANT SECTARIAN SHIT that flows out of Ibrox EVERY match day and at the grounds around the country that have the misfortune to host this lot!
I don’t believe a fucking word of this trumped up charge. Excuse my French, please!
Your Silent Face
A thought that never changes
Remains a stupid lie
It’s never been quite the same
No hearing or breathing
No movement, no colors
Rise and fall of shame
A search that shall remain
We asked you what you’d seen
You said you didn’t care
Sound formed in a vacuum
May seem a waste of time
It’s always been just the same
No hearing or breathing
No movement no lyrics
The sign that leads the way
The path we can not take
You’ve caught me at a bad time
So why don’t you piss off
Above article gratefully received from McCAFF. We always publish the contributions of our members for Article of the Day,and it can be your turn next! Mail it to Mahe