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A Lesson in Blatant Spinning by Rangers – How It Reported the Charity Investigation Decision

Back in the mists of time, when Duff and Phelps roamed the earth, and only investors in Middle Eastern construction firms and fans of Sheffield United had heard of Charles Green, there was a football match arranged to raise funds for the Rangers Charity Foundation and for the AC Milan charity.

However the nature of the match changed and, in some unexplained (until this week) way, it became a game to raise money for Rangers.

I was amongst the first folk (a month before the game was actually played!) to raise concerns about how a charity could effectively treat the football club with which it was closely connected, and whose Trustees were employees of the football club, as a case for charity despite the terms of its founding deed. You can read what I wrote here and here. The issue was also publicised on Scotzine.com. And I posed a couple of questions for the Trustees here.

The dogged pursuit of the issue however came from the person known as @corsica1968 on Twitter and through their blog which can be found here.   Continue reading

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Two Pieces of Recommended Reading – One on Catholic Education and One on Rangers Fans Fighting Fund

Two pieces, amongst many, caught my attention over the weekend.

I commend both, although that does not necessarily mean that I agree with every word in each one. In the latter piece there are a couple of areas where I think the author might not be correct, but these do not affect the thrust of the piece.

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The first is by journalist and blogger Andrew McFadyen. It concerns the future of Catholic education in Milngavie, with potential implications for the rest of the country. You can read it by clicking here.

It appears that East Dunbartonshire Council has rejected the overwhelming views of the parents of pupils at St Joseph’s Primary in Milngavie and instead set the wheels in motion to close a successful, popular and busy school.

This comes despite the offer of concessions by the Archdiocese of Glasgow.

As Mr McFadyen writes:-

Councillors should understand that although the vote went against us our fighting spirit is still intact and this is only the beginning. We are not just angry, we are organised. What happens in East Dunbartonshire is now a test case for Catholic education in Scotland.

St Joseph’s is a popular and successful school. It is strongly supported by parents, the wider community and the Church. There are alternative options on the table. If after all this, East Dunbartonshire Council can still shut us down and bring 150 years of Catholic education in Milngavie to an end, then no Catholic school is safe anywhere.

Mr McFadyen provides a link to the online petition opposing the Council’s decisionhttp://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-st-josephs-primary-school/

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The second piece relates to various questions regarding the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund, set up last year in the darkest days for the Ibrox club.

The fans rallied round their team magnificently, raising around 2/3 of a million pounds. However, ever since the fund opened, and once its embarrassing link to the website of professional clown Mr Custard was corrected, there have been various questions about the Fund, coming from a number of sources.

This man is not a representative of the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund.

This man is not a representative of the Rangers Fans Fighting Fund.

This came particularly into focus when recently funds from the Fund were used to pay the costs of representation of oldco Rangers before the Nimmo Smith Independent SPL Commission.

Alzipratu has written an update on matters regarding the fund and raised various questions. You can read his piece here.

He also ends his piece with the following aside-

PS: I hope to soon complete a piece on the Rangers Charity Foundation but I leave you, in the meantime, with the rather tantalising information that it is now OSCR’s longest-running investigation (outstripping even Glasgow East Regeneration Agency which involved malpractice and maladministration!). Now why is that?

I wrote last year about the excellent work done by the Rangers Charity Foundation over many years. My focus was upon the change of the Rangers v Milan match which was to be for the RCF into a game where the bulk of the proceeds instead went to the administrators to help keep the company afloat.

Nothing I wrote was intended to diminish the sterling efforts of the staff of the RCF and of its donors in meeting its declared aims.

Alzipratu, as a person in tune with the charitable sector, has pursued this issue and, frankly, I am astonished that the investigation is still, over a year after the event in question, ongoing.

Of course the “Rangers” involvement in this matter was under oldco rather than newco, so it has no direct effect on the new regime. However, as Alzipratu puts it in his preamble to his linked piece, where there are concerns about any particular charity it can lead to a general drop in charitable donations.

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Both pieces are worth a read.

As for me, whilst the Whyte v Green story develops faster than I can write about it, I will have some thoughts, possibly posted later in bite-sized pieces, regarding matters.

Posted by Paul McConville

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The Rangers Charity Foundation – Two Questions for the Trustees re Legends v Glorie

According to the Rangers website, the charity match between Rangers Legends and AC Milan Glorie raised £280,000 for the club, with £170,000 going to the two charitable organisations, namely the Rangers Charity Foundation and AC Milan’s Charity.

I have written about the game previously here, here and here (with a link in this piece to Scotzine).

STV reported on 6th March that the game had:-

“originally been organised to raise funds for the Rangers Charity Foundation, which was going to receive 60% of all money gathered by the game on March 30. The charity, which has donated more than £2.3m to various causes since it was set up in 2002, has reduced the amount it will take from the game to 10%, meaning the majority of the money raised will go to the club, which is currently in administration.”

As I said in each of the pieces above, the work of the Rangers Charity Foundation is much to be admired, and one hopes it continues, no matter what happens to Rangers. Despite what some doom-mongers have said, as the RCF is a separate entity from the football club, it is possible for the charity to continue, even if the football team ceased. As one of my friends pointed out to me, the Earl Haig Fund continued for many years after the noble lord passed away, and indeed still continues under another title. Continue reading

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The Rangers Charity Foundation – Rangers Legends v AC Milan Glorie – From Scotzine

“When faced with the possible administration and liquidation of the football club they all supported or had an interest in, the Trustees placed the interests of the charity secondary to those of the football club.” – a statement from the regulatory body for charities.

I have written already both here and here about the complications caused by the changed arrangements for the above charity match.

In both pieces I have referred to the excellent work done by the Rangers Charity Foundation, and I reiterate that.

I have a new piece at Scotzine.com recapping and updating the position.

The above quote is not from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, which is investigating the circumstances surrounding the match on Friday, but by the Charity Commission, in relation to a charity related to Plymouth Argyle lending the club money.

There are some interesting parallels in the two situations – pop over to Scotzine to read the full piece.

 

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Part 2 of the Rangers Charity Foundation Question – Rangers Legends v AC Milan Glorie

On of the problems of a detailed post-blogpost argument in the comments is that some of the issues can get lost amongst the various threads. For that reason, I hope my reader does not mind me putting a fresh sheet into the typewriter and continuing the discussion on a blank page?

I am very grateful to all of the commenters, especially iain, Duplesis, The Black Knight, Kevinjohn and cavansam, amongst others, who kept the discussion going whilst I was otherwise engaged today.

Anyone who feels that we are flogging a dead horse is free to pass on by – I am sure the administrators will say something soon for comment!

Or indeed I might get to finish my post re the book about Mr Al-Megrahi.

However, for now, this is a follow up to yesterday’s post regarding the proposed match between Rangers Legends and AC Milan Glorie on 30th March.

 

The Story So Far

The excellent Rangers Charity Foundation (RCF) organised a match at Ibrox to raise money for RCF and the AC Milan Foundation.

It has now been stated by RCF that, in light of Rangers’ present predicament, the charity is going to waive the majority of its share of the proceeds for the game, allowing these to be retained by Rangers.

I pondered whether or not such a decision (a) was properly made by the Trustees who are legally responsible for the actions of the Charity and (b) whether such a decision by RCF could fall foul of charity law, as it appeared to be contrary to the object and purposes of RCF.

My purpose in doing so was not, as some suggested, because I have an axe to grind, or because I am a bigot, or “Rangers hater”, nor because I wish to “twist the knife”. It struck me, as I mentioned in my comment on the piece that, with all the upheaval at Ibrox it was possible that a well intentioned decision had been taken without anyone considering whether in fact it was one the charity could make.

Nor was this a case of my “mask slipping” and my “bitterness oozing out” as was suggested.

For the avoidance of doubt I was not calling for a write in campaign to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator. Indeed, as the match has not yet taken place, and is a month away, there is plenty of time for RCF to check the position, if it feels it needs to, and satisfy itself that its actions are proper. If this results in extra money for the charitable causes supported by RCF, and avoids any additional legal difficulties for the Chairman of the Trustees, Craig Whyte, then who could have a problem with that?

The Defence

The defence advanced vigorously by, amongst others,  iain and Duplesis was as stated below (and if I misrepresent their views I am sure they will correct me).

  • If the match was organised by Rangers, and Rangers was giving a donation from the proceeds to the charity, then there was not a problem, as it was legitimate for a charity to decline a donation, or part thereof. This would allow Rangers to keep a larger share of the proceeds, and to do so legally.
  • Rangers is entirely justified in keeping as much of the gate as it wants, whilst still doing good by giving some money to charity.
  • Because of the intervention of administration, the administrators were entitled to change the basis on which the match was to take place.
  • The administrators were also entitled to charge the charity extra for use of the ground and facilities to maximise income.
  • No one had yet bought a ticket for the game, and therefore no one could be misled as to the nature of what they were paying for.
  • The match remained a “charity match” but now more of the proceeds were going to Rangers, rather than RCF.
  • In addition, if the support of RCF towards Rangers helped keep the Club afloat, then this would enable RCF to continue with Rangers’ support, thus securing the long term future of the charity. Continue reading

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