CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS!
We’ve just seen some strange events in a hugely Tory-dominated House of Commmons,where over 10% of the party’s MPs actually voted against their own party-risking the wrath of His Gollumness,Cummings-as well as saying goodbye to any shot at a ministerial post under the new Prime Minister Boris Johnston-a man known never to bear a grudge.
A few hours later,it was revealed that Department of Health minister,Nadine Dorries,had tested positive for COVID-19 and was self-isolating less than a week after being present a function at No 10 where Johnston was present. Don’t worry,Johnston will be fine. Nothing ever sticks to him. Immune to the lot.
So what has this got to do with Sentinel Celts,you might ask? Well,the common denominator is a fear of viruses of Chinese origin. In the first case,the fear is of using Chinese company Huawei in the roll-out of the 5G technology that we urgently need. Sadly there are strong suspicions that Huawei may be beholden to the Chinese governmental and military apparatus and that they may use this opportunity to “backdoor” their way to sensitive information such as listening into GCHQ at Cheltenham-even as they,as part of The Five Eyes,listen into everyone else.
(I’m pretty sure that GCHQ,just up the road from me,needs a specialised translator to listen into my calls,and as he is likely to spend most of his time in the pub-otherwise he wouldn’t be able to understand me anyway!-I should be ok. You lot are f…d,though)
The second case is the important one though. We have seen an explosion of COVID-19 cases across Europe and elsewhere since it was first identified at the tail end of last year in China. While China was able to use methods normally unavailable in a free society to curtail the spread,it was very late in admitting to it in the first place. As a result,South Korea has huge problems with it for instance,as do swathes of The Middle East,but the worst effects of it are being felt in Italy,where the entire country is-to use some licence here-effectively under house arrest. Other countries,such as Spain and France,are heavily restricting gatherings.
Such as football crowds. Aye,play behind closed doors,or possibly with a maximum of 1000 spectators.
And that’s where we come in. It may be true that flu kills approximately 600,000 people per year worldwide and that the casualty rate from this virus is less than 1% of that in two months or so,but its rate of contagion is alarming. It is also true that the people most at risk,in everyday environs,are the very young,the very elderly or the vulnerable due to pre-existing conditions where their immune system is already overloaded. And we have to be concerned for anyone who falls within those categories. But unless this contagion disappears overnight,we are almost certainly going to face restrictions on our footballing pleasure over the next few weeks and possibly months.
Last Wednesday,the UK had 52 cases. The total rose to 87 the following day. By Monday,less than a week later it was 372. A sevenfold increase in six days means that the rate of contagion is to double approximately every 54 hours. The government cannot risk that continuing,and there is little doubt that we too will soon face restrictions,even if that rate begins to drop.
So what about the fitba,Mick? We can read all this in the paper,I hear you ask. Well,it’s why Sunday is so important. We are well on course for our ninth successive triumph,despite the setback on December 29. We have 80 points from a total of 90 available to us so far. 2.67 points per match,a stunning average. The huns have 67 from 29,an average of 2.31. Win on Sunday and our average is little changed at 2.68 but theirs reduces to 2.23. Lose and those averages become 2.58 and 2.33.
There will by then have been more than 80% of the matches played. Do you see what I’m getting at here? We must not let that closing of the gap become an argument in favour of them actually winning it over the next 20% of games.
If there is a decision made at government level that football cannot continue for the entirety of this season,a decision will have to be made on how to deal with promotion and relegation. And with titles. I wouldn’t,for instance,like to be a Leeds United fan or even a Swindon Town fan denied promotion. And in horse racing and Formula 1,if a race cannot be completed it is declared void. Cricket use The Duckworth-Lewis Method,and football may do well to figure out its own version.
Fortunately,Liverpool are so far clear in England that there is a precedent. But only if they haven’t mathematically won the title beforehand! All in all,it’s a mess. And we know the SFA cannot make the correct decision even when presented with the facts and figures. But we can go a long long way on Sunday to making any attempt to withhold the award of our title an act of theft.
Sunday may well be our chance to doubly guarantee that title. Eyes on the prize,Celtic. It’s THAT important.
Above article by BMCUWP. There have been a number of terrific guest articles recently from various contributors. It’s an open forum,and we invite those contributions from you all. Mail yours to Mahe