Grey Men In Suits
Yesterday at the AGM went as expected then. That’s what happens when you allow people to build a controlling share of a company and then allowing them to appeal to regulatory watchdogs that they shouldn’t be forced to table an outright bid for the company. Votes at the AGM will almost certainly go in their favour,the ordinary shareholders left with the crumbs of being permitted to voice their frustrations once a year while the people in charge snigger at them.
While it was a pleasure to see the re-election of Bankier and Wilson being denied on the initial vote from the floor,there was never any doubt that the proxy votes-including our notoriously absent landlord-would carry the day.
I’ve had a look at the official site for members of the board,and taking Nicholson out of the equation as he was only officially appointed yesterday after eight years at the club,there are six board members with 81 years on the board between them.
Add in Lawwell-who hasn’t gone away-and that is nearly a century of grey men in suits,plus a recent addition of the fairer sex,running the affairs of our club. This is far from good governance by any company,and various bodies recommend a refresh of personnel around five years in any position. Indeed,most of us are of an age to remember the days of the Politburo in Moscow,when the attendees looked like they had been warmed up after a few years in a mausoleum.
Anyone who attended yesterday will have had flashbacks-although I expect the suits were of a better cut.
While I commend everyone who attended yesterday in order to make their displeasure plain,I can’t help thinking that we are pissing into the wind. We simply don’t have the clout to make our presence felt. The board can simply sit there stony faced and not GAF about a word that is said. Even the vociferous complaints about a potential appointment of a certain police officer fell on stony ground,and if they won’t listen to us on this matter then it is clear that they have no intention of GAF about any of our opinions.
The grumble about the appointment of Walsh for Saturday? Not our problem,we don’t run the SFA. No,and they don’t utter a word of criticism about it either. The non-appearance of DD? Not a problem,he’s told us how to vote anyway. The various resolutions about governance? We will leave that to the proxy voting system,see how it goes.
Spoiler alert-went the way of the board,as you might expect. I could go on…
Banging our heads against a brick wall isn’t how I envisioned life as a Celtic supporter to be. But it’s become a situation that I’m well used to over the last few-MANY!-years. This will not change under this current board,or under this current ownership structure. We might be used to it,but it doesn’t mean we have to like it.
Yes,it is true that all we can do is howl into the wilderness even as we are ignored. But awareness of the situation is becoming wider,many more are questioning what is going on,how certain things have been allowed to come to pass. And it’s not just the refereeing fiascos,not just the financial mismanagement from the soo’side. It’s not even the utter shitshow that was last season,or THAT imminent appointment.
It’s the contempt with which we are being treated by this board of incompetents which is rousing the ire of the fans on so many fronts. Their own Ratner moment will come,but bloody hell it has been a long wait already.
Above article by BMCUWP