Rangers are once again rattling sabres over the matter of their moving to England. Now they have jurists and pseudo-jurists (how is Giovanni’s court case going, by the way) claiming that the English FA, Premier League and Football League are guilty of discrimination under European law by restricting trade due to nationality and that the European courts will find in their favour, forcing English football to accept the club into their midst. Quite how they work this out is anyone’s guess, though I may, myself, head off to Strasbourg, just down the road from where I am presently living, and claim that the refusal of the Paris Bourse to accept my one-man boat-repair company onto the CAC 40 listing is limiting my ability to trade.
So Rangers head off to the courts, represented by shareholder and defender (by his own admission) of half the war criminals and mass murderers of the last 30 years, Giovanni Di Stefano who puts forward the argument that being limited to playing in a tiny, Vatican-controlled backwater inhabited by alcoholic, unemployed layabouts and which is intent on flushing itself down the pan by building the New Panama Canal along the border with its cash-rich southern neighbour, is indeed a restriction on their ability to rake in billions of pounds. The question of why it didn’t just buy one of the existing clubs facing bankruptcy will, of course, never be brought up.
Fast forward a couple of years. By the time Scottish independence becomes a reality (in 2016 if things go to plan), Rangers’ case may have worked its way through the slowly turning machinery of European justice and we may find that, just as Scotland becomes a nation once again, its biggest football club is making its way down the M74 to become Perfidious Albion FC, though few in the newly freed land, with its empty oil wells and foreign-owned distilleries, will shed a tear for it or its psychotic supporters. It is announced in the Scottish Sun, the only daily paper left in the country due to a mass boycott of the others, that well known bloggers have committed suicide, having no further purpose in life, and BBC Scotland’s sport department is to be shut down as there is nothing left to talk about.
And so, finally, to the Union Flag which the faithful will be waving as they sing “God Save The Queen.” With Scotland no longer part of the union, the Cross of St Andrew will be removed from the flag, to be replaced by the Cross of St David. This will result in the design shown below. The new colour scheme seems totally appropriate as it reflects the Germanic origins of the present Royal Family.
So, future fact or totally fantasy? The first indications will be given in 18 months time.
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