In which I look at Mr David Leggat’s explanation of how a conviction of Craig Whyte (should there ever be a prosecution) means that the last two years did not happen, and I respectfully disagree with him.
I also remind readers that, in October 2011, I identified who could stop Craig Whyte, and indeed how they should do so, but also why it was never going to happen.
And possibly I explain or debunk some of the numerous myths which have accumulated around this saga.
There is a natural human tendency to look on the bright side; to think that, no matter how bad the situation is, it will improve. This is one of the factors which explains the domination of the planet by the human race, and many amazing feats of endurance and survival, facing the greatest odds.
So when someone or something close to one’s heart is threatened, there is almost a default reaction of “it will be all right”. Sometimes it requires the construction of elaborate means by which the happy outcome will be achieved – this being part of the process of keeping one’s spirits up.
Yesterday saw such an effort from that mater of the “inky trades” Mr Leggat. He is a man with many decades of experience at the sharp end of the newspaper industry and someone whose qualifications in that field are clear. Continue reading
Sometimes I read a story which is nothing less than a comedic masterpiece. A story so ridiculous that you check the date on the newspaper to see if it is 1st April. A story which takes reality and twists it through 180 degrees, creating an alternative universe of the wonderful humour of Monty Python, or Chris Morris’ Brass Eye. A story which makes you realise that the person quoted has a career on the biggest stages performing comedy.
The new King of Comedy – *”It’s the way I tell them!”
Today I read such a story…
This morning’s Scotland on Sunday has the story which explains why Rangers league performances have tailed off recently, culminating in yesterday’s goalless draw with Stirling Albion.
Can you guess what that explanation is? Continue reading
I posted last about Gordon Smith’s BBC interview where he seemed, undoubtedly by accident, to have re-written the history of Rangers entering administration.
I don’t know whether it was the Administration Anniversary celebrations that brought them out of the woodwork, but the lesser spotted baloney seemed prevalent over the last couple of days.
I turn now to Mr McCoist.
(As an aside, have a look back at the Share Prospectus. Three times it refers to Mr McCoist as “the Club’s all-time leading scorer”. Nowhere does it praise his managerial performance.) Continue reading
Filed under Press, Rangers
A couple of quick points here, now and soon, about how issues are covered by the Scottish media relating to Rangers. I have had discussions before with journalists who say that an interview or report is usually just for getting down what the interviewee has to say, and there is no scope for pointing out that they might actually be talking rubbish.
That view has helped contribute to the “succulent lamb” ethos and has allowed stories of Motherwell Born Billionaires, and “war chests” filled with millions to be trotted out uncritically.
A year on since Administration, on 14th February 2012, how are the media covering these issues?
First up we have the BBC. They published yesterday a report of an interview with Gordon Smith. You will recall that Mr Smith is a former CEO of the SFA and former Director of Football at Rangers, appointed by Craig Whyte and made redundant by Duff and Phelps.
His interview is mainly about how soon Rangers will be on top again and I will leave others to comment on that, if they want to.
However a part of the interview seemed not quite right. Continue reading
Filed under Press, Rangers
Bill McMurdo, the well-known, prolific and always interesting blogger on Rangers-related issues, wrote a blog post which prompted me to post a comment on his blog.
He was good enough to publish it, notwithstanding his openly-stated comments policy:-
“Only supportive comments will be approved. This is not because I cannot take criticism but because those who disagree with me abused the privilege allowed them here of saying so.”
It provoked some questions from his commenters, and I now see a whole blog post!
Rather than clutter up Mr McMurdo’s comments thread with my brief reply, I thought I would do so here. Continue reading