A Long Cold Winter,,,
So many things that I can talk about this morning,and none of it good. A year ago we were up in arms after a defeat from the huns,as it gave them an opportunity to usurp our lead in the table and perhaps even to steal our title.
I’m getting quite misty eyed,thinking back to such happy times!
A year ago,what we have in front of us and the wreckage that strews around our club would have been unthinkable. In fact,there are a lot of things that would have been unthinkable a year ago-yet here we are. I wonder how many people’s last words were-
“Oh,I never thought that would happen!”
Not many,I reckon-because doubtless there will be someone else there to remind them that they had been warned. So the last words were probably-
“Aye,I wish I’d listened.”
When you’ve been traduced for years because of your misgivings about something close to the hearts of so many of us,it actually gives no pleasure to be right. We all wish we were wrong as we warned of a car crash ahead,but sometimes it needs the car crash before something can be done. And the best we can hope for is that the car isn’t written off,that the next driver will do better. But it seems that the same driver will be at the wheel for the rest of the journey,and with the same back seat driver in control. Same bloody car too,weighed down by excess baggage yet missing a few vital components.
Some of us will choose a different mode of transport,I reckon,and that is an issue for another day,another article. Meantime,we have more pressing things to deal with,such as the Jolly Bhoy’s Outing to Dubai. Two weeks ago it was announced that pubs in Swindon would close,so some of my friends planned a “Jolly Bhoy’s Outing” to Wootton Bassett. A few minutes on the bus,but even that dubious pleasure was denied to us. Meantime,lockdown restrictions were being tightened everywhere-and Celtic finalised the details for Dubai!
Bit of an own goal,it seems. And the Scottish Government,not overly known for showing Celtic a kindly disposition,has leapt with some alacrity down our throats over it. As it happens,although I disagree with the trip,I am quite sure that the club had all the relevant clearances required when it was planned.
But were those clearances still relevant and valid on the date of departure? This pandemic has seen many normals discarded already,it will not surprise me if one of them is that the clearance had to be validated nearer the time.
One normal that hasn’t been discarded is that bigotry is alive and well in Scotland,as witnessed by so many of us on Saturday. Indeed,I received a phone call from a friend yesterday to let me know that his son had footage of it on his phone,as he was actually there! That led to the discussion of how and why it was permitted,despite a heavy police presence. That police were there is undeniable,and so too is that they stood by and did absolutely nothing! On the spot arrests,even of one or two,would have nipped it in the bud,but we know how that works in Scotland. Ongoing enquiries,etc,which means that nothing will happen and it will all be forgotten.
Yes,just like so many things over the years,things that are simply incredible in the third decade of the 21st Century in a country that people tell us we should be proud of,The Best Wee Country In The World. The country which also permits the proliferation of graffiti proclaiming Kill All Taigs! And KAT when the fuckwits aren’t too sure of their spelling-or would rather sniff the spray paint anyway.
Where government ministers can,on international TV,congratulate a crowd for a two-hour bigotfest!
That this and so much worse,is tolerated,seems incredible. But when something is tolerated,it is encouraged. The perpetrators have no fear of sanction,and with repetition their actions become more extreme. You only need to look at social media,where I think only one person has ever been imprisoned for an incidence of anti-Irish or anti-Catholic hatred. Or Canon White,whose vestments were drenched in the DNA of the saliva of 26 different peepil,only one of whom was ever charged-and that only after a public outcry,because,as on Saturday,the police had watched the events unfold but stood back and did nothing.
Yes,there are many problems at our club. And yes,people are sticking their heads in the sand and getting their arse kicked as a result. But the very same people who are up in arms,playing to the gallery about an officially sanctioned trip,are the very people who say and do sod all about the above. Replace the word Taig with a pejorative term for any other minority and see how far you get. The inside of a prison cell,and in jig time too. Rightly so.
Kill All Taigs. It’s the new national sport.
Above article by BMCUWP