Whilst I agree with the sentiment of JohnBhoy’s post I would just ask for 2 things from this little banana republic of a country that we call Scotland, and that is Truth and justice
As a Protestant who has supported Celtic all my life, I have suffered sectarianism and bigotry, especially in my school years.
Going to Hamilton Grammar in the late 70’s when 10 men won the league was not the best place to be for a known Celtic fan and when the bigots beat me up and spat on me, I recall a teacher saying “what do you expect being a tim in a school like this?”
The truth is that this was almost seen as acceptable and expected and although we have moved on a bit, the same bigots back then now have kids and I only hope they look back and realise how bigoted they were but I really doubt it.
And before any supporters of the former Rangers are offended, I know there are bigots and idiots on both sides.
The truth also is that the MSM have done nothing to try and reduce this sectarianism and have in times made good money on the back of it.
This has been at a huge cost to the Scottish society and instead of publishing some of the inflammatory stories, it would be better if they had a conscience, integrity and the foresight to try and improve things in this country instead of stoking the flames.
In my current job I have always said that in relation to equality “if you permit it, you promote it”
If you put this in a Scottish perspective, it could be said that we could be seen to promote some really narrow minded views.
I wonder how many sectarian or religiously driven murders there have been in Scotland as a result of someone reading something in the paper and deciding to take what they see as revenge.
If it costs over £1 million pounds per murder, they would have to sell a lot of papers to cover the cost but it then comes back to having a conscience, integrity and realising that with the power the press has, there should also be a realisation that they have a huge responsibility to the people of Scotland.
Enough about truth, now let’s talk about justice.
Rangers got £48 million in EBT’s over 10 years and the QC (whose terms of reference was set by the very people who could be severely implicated by the outcome) decided that they never gained a footballing advantage!
Where is the justice in that?
I don’t think anyone in the world believes that if you give a football team £4.8 million per year more than any other team, they will not get a footballing advantage.
Was it not Martin Luther King who once said “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” and there does not appear to be any justice where the actions of this former club are concerned.
I am Scottish and extremely proud to be a Scot. We have given so much to the world for a nation this size and it is often said that our people are our most important asset.
But for educated people like Alex Thomson on the outside looking in, we must look like a complete embarrassment!
So JohnBhoy, before we all shake hands and walk off into the sunset, I would like some truth and some justice – that should not be seen as an unreasonable request in a fair and equal country like Scotland- should it?
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