Category Archives: BBC

“Newcastle’s Ashley ready to buy Ibrox share” – A Study in Succulent Lamb

Chris McLaughlin is the BBC Scotland Senior Football Reporter. This piece is not intended to be critical only of him, but of the wider issues known by the phrase “succulent lamb”.

Succulent Lamb Shanks

It seems that the media are still willing to churn out stories about the Rangers Football Club, apparently without any checks at all as to whether the story makes any sense.

We can treat the following story from the BBC website yesterday as a case study.

The headline is “Rangers: Newcastle’s Mike Ashley ready to buy Ibrox share”. Continue reading


Filed under BBC, Press, Rangers, SFA, SFL

Rangers, Sevco and the Law – Threatened Court Actions – Duff & Phelps v BBC

Following the BBC Inside Story, Part 2, recently it was made clear by Duff & Phelps that they were poised to embark on court action against the BBC.

As the Scotsman reported on 24th May, “RANGERS administrators Duff & Phelps last night threatened to sue the BBC over claims a senior partner in the firm was aware of Craig Whyte’s scheme to buy Rangers using cash from the controversial Ticketus deal.”

The piece quoted the statement from Paul Clark which said:-

“The allegations made in tonight’s programme against Duff & Phelps are untrue, a distortion of the facts and highly defamatory. Discussions are already underway with our solicitors with a view to bringing legal proceedings against the BBC.

 “We made a number of offers to assist the BBC in order they would not make the fundamental errors broadcast this evening and for some inexplicable reason the reporter Mark Daly declined these.

“We had also hoped to give interviews stating our case on camera but received strong legal advice against this course of action, bearing in mind the legal proceedings Duff & Phelps have raised against Collyer Bristow. The BBC were informed in writing from our solicitors.” Continue reading


Filed under Administration, BBC, Defamation, Rangers

Who Are the New Bidders for Rangers, or Sevco 5088 or Sevco Scotland…

In which I look at the new bidders on the scene regarding Rangers, wonder where they have made the money to buy the club, and point out that they have had a wee difficulty with paperwork in the past.


Please welcome aboard Aleftav Ltd. According to Chris McLaughlin of the BBC, this company, owned by two Glasgow land developers, is willing to bid £11 million to buy “Rangers” from Mr Green’s consortium. Quite what they are looking to buy is not yet clear. Is it Sevco, or Sevco 5088 or Sevco Scotland or Steve Ovett or the assets and business of Rangers?

No! I wanted a picture of SEV Co!

 As Mr McLaughlin reported earlier today:-

“Allan Stewart and Stephen McKenna plan to bid about £11m for the club. They hope to run Rangers for two to three years before floating the company on the Stock Exchange and handing the club over to the fans.

A source close to the bid said: “The money is in place, it’s now up to the owners. I believe people who know Scottish football should be in charge of the club. The plan is to run Rangers for a few years before handing the club and the stadium back to the fans.”

Hands up who thinks the “source close to the bid” is either Mr Stewart or Mr McKenna? Continue reading


Filed under BBC, Charles Green, Football, Rangers

Well Done to the Orwell Prize-Winning RTC!

I am delighted to see that has won the Orwell Prize for blogging!

The full story can be read here.

The judges commented:-

“The 2012 Blog Prize showed that not only could blogs comment on current events, they could drive stories forward.

“Rangers Tax-Case takes what might be a dry topic – the tax affairs of a sports team – and shows how a striving for transitory success has severely distorted sporting, legal and ethical boundaries.

“Displaying focused contempt for those who evade difficult truths, and beating almost every Scottish football journalist to the real story – Rangers Tax-Case shows how expertise and incisive writing can expose the hypocrisies the powerful use to protect themselves from the consequences of their actions.

It is a worthy winner which not only proves that independent blogging is as healthy as it ever was, but also offers a mirror in which our times are reflected.’

I have added the emphases.

This shows that the story is beyond the west of Scotland bubble – national recognition is entirely deserved.

And not just RTC, but Phil Mac Giolla Bhain, Paul Brennan, Alex Thomson and Mark Daly, not to mention many wise commenters and posters on websites, including those who make their contributions here…every one of you deserves credit for showing that big news stories can still get out, even if there is a deliberate or uncoscious wish to keep them under wraps.

Tonight maybe marks a watershed, or even a Wattereus, where the recognittion given to RTC combined with the BBC programme might ensure that sporting intergrity and values triumph over mere money.

There is a lot to write about, and I will get some thoughts up soon. Other pressing matters need my attention first, but I will make sure I post some thoughts…



Posted by Paul McConville


Filed under BBC, Blogging, Rangers

Craig Whyte and His Court Actions – A Quick Update, including Andrew Ellis v Whyte?

Mr Whyte is already embroiled in litigation personally, and through several of his companies.

However, the potential is there for even more expensive and lengthy litigation.

Let’s have a quick look, shall we?


Craig Whyte v the BBC and Mr Burns of the Insolvency Service

On 18th February 2012, the Scotsman reported that Mr Whyte’s much threatened court action against the BBC had been raised. This stemmed from the BBC Inside Story programme in October.

However, since then I have heard and seen nothing about the case.

As the media has written far more serious and damaging stories about Mr Whyte since then, one wonders if he has decided simply to let the matter drop.

As I have mentioned before, I saw little prospect of success in this case, but even if he did win his claim, what damage can there be to his reputation now?

For good or ill, Mr Whyte’s reputation would seem to be worth little.

The article quotes a spokesman for BBC Scotland confirming it had received a writ from Mr Whyte and saying: “We stand by our journalism, all the allegations made, and we will defend our action vigorously.”

Carter Ruck, the esteemed libel firm, still refers on its website to advising both Rangers and Mr Whyte in connection with the BBC programme. One assumes that we will not see an action raised by Rangers against the BBC.

Will Whyte v BBC ever see a court hearing? I doubt it.


Kim Whyte v Craig Whyte

Mrs Whyte took her estranged husband to court for an award of aliment (maintenance). This case settled in February.

However, Mr Whyte paid his first payment late, and did not make his second, so the case went back to court in March, as reported by the Daily Record.

The reports indicate that an order was made against Mr Whyte to pay his wife aliment of £5,000 per month, and in addition, it seemed that Mr Whyte was not represented at the March hearing.

He was, and presumably still is, represented by Harper MacLeod Solicitors in this case, as in another noted below.

It is an interesting fact that Harper MacLeod has been engaged by the football authorities to investigate contract and registration issues at Rangers. Some have suggested there is a “conflict of interest”, as Harper MacLeod also acts for Celtic.

The fact that the firm acts for the Chairman if a company it has been engaged to investigate is not, as far as I am concerned, a sign of concern, but rather indicative that the procedures and processes that HM has in place to prevent conflicts occurring, including use of Chinese Walls etc are robust and effective.

In due course Mr and Mrs Whyte might return to court for a divorce action, but a prudent businessman like Mr Whyte would do his utmost, one imagines, to reach a mutually agreeable settlement with his wife, rather than have more arguments aired in court. Continue reading


Filed under Administration, BBC, Craig Whyte's Companies, Daily Record, One Stop Roofing Supplies Ltd v Tixway UK Ltd, Rangers, Whyte v Whyte