JohnBhoy has posted the following as a comment on a thread below. I think it is worth a slot of its own, so here it is.
The views expressed are John’s.
BBC Scotland has failed us all by capitulating to the mob. Its overall remit for radio is to provide “a speech-led service for listeners seeking programmes about the life, culture and affairs of Scotland”; and within the BBC’s six statements of “public service” is a key function to foster citizenship and civil society. Abandoning a planned programme on sport because of the strident and intolerant views of one section of society is to deny freedom of speech to others and acts in clear opposition to a broadcasting body constituted of the people and for the people.
The implication for the BBC is that it can no longer be trusted to act impartially without fear or favour, in contravention of yet another BBC tenet: “to provide a platform for a wide range of views.” As for the excuse that a programme is cancelled because one party refuses to attend and so creates an “imbalance”, thereby causing a failure to broadcast, is unworthy of the BBC. If someone does not want to participate, that is their democratic right to choose not to; however, it should not vanquish an equally important democratic right afforded to other invited guests, the right to be heard. “A representative from X was invited to form part of the panel but declined the opportunity” is the normal phraseology to explain the absence of a particular guest. He was invited. He never turned up. Fuck him.
The Rangers supporters have succeeded in bullying a national media outlet, paid by you and me, only to undermine a fundamental democratic principle, memorably captured in Evelyn Hall’s defiant declaration: “I [may] disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. So much for their vaunted love of Queen and Country. The Rangers – club and fans – are quick to take to the streets and call those outwith their blue perimeter “enemies”. And now the mob has stepped in to suppress our right to free speech and public discussion in a national forum. Why does Scotland put up with this shit?
Let us not forget the origins of this new Rangers. The old Rangers was built on bigotry and destroyed by greed. Who could mourn the passing of such an entity? Yet, the new club has retained its predecessor’s disreputable arrogance and superiority complex, manifested in fiery speeches, a jingoistic march, sectarian signing, a boycott and vengeful premonitions of Armageddon. In an unprecedented display of discourtesy, the official club website now produces personal comment more suited to a tabloid newspaper. Heavens above, even ex-employees are labelled “traitors” by the mob. Earlier this week we had the pathetic spectacle of The Rangers, in a petty display of one-upmanship and a V sign to a fellow Scottish club, offering use of their training facilities to Juventus. This from a club that is barely one year old and wants to “move on”. What will we witness if future events go against them?
In a symbiotic meeting of minds, both club and followers feed off each other to advance an agenda that, based on the deluded premise they are victims and others are enemies, creates nothing but division in Scottish society. The old club was labelled “a permanent embarrassment and an occasional disgrace”. What is different about this new club? Unfortunately, their manufactured anger and irresponsible grandstanding is generating a poisonous atmosphere that may not be as easy to dispel as it was to create. Social unrest is no longer a fanciful prediction.
As much as I love my club, Celtic, I value my freedom more. When a club’s supporters attempt to take away that freedom, coupled with their club’s reprehensible conduct over the last year, then it is time Scotland put an end to this nonsense: kick them out and replace them with The Spartans FC. If Celtic and their fans behaved thus, Jock Stein would be the first to show us the door and send us on our way. Given what has transpired with The Rangers and its supporters, even Bill Struth would have no objections.
As for you, BBC Scotland – you hang your head in shame.
Posted by JohnBhoy