Historically civil wars and internecine strife have often been more brutal than conflicts between sovereign nations.
Whether we go back to the US Civil War, which cost the lives of more American soldiers than any conflict before or since, or look at the conflicts brought into the open with the crumbling of the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, there seems to be more viciousness exchanged between neighbours than across national frontiers.
Cambodia, China, Russia, many African nation-states – the hatred and violence exceeds wars where patriotism for one’s country can unite a country against another.
(That is not to say that war between nations is civilised and genteel. It is clearly not.)
If we look at the present “conflict” for the soul of Rangers, we can see similar signs – of conflict rather than violence of course. Continue reading
Sandy Easdale (one of the brothers behind the very successful McGill’s bus company) has been very active regarding Rangers over the last few days.
Only last week it was announced, just before Rangers kicked off, that he had been appointed to the Board of the former Sevco Scotland Ltd, now The Rangers Football Club Limited. I wrote about that here.
This week has seen four separate Stock Exchange announcements regarding Mr Easdale.
One related to his acquisition of over 2 million shares, giving him a personal holding of 2,842,957 shares in Rangers Intergalactic Football Club PLC, or 4.37% of the issued share capital. Continue reading
It is common for businesses to have subsidiaries nesting inside like Russian dolls. That happens in football as well as in commerce generally. It rarely provokes any interest and even less comment.
However the existential pondering on the nature of Rangers Football Club, and its separate identity from that of the company/companies/people who own it makes this a rather more interesting discussion when it comes to RIFC PLC and The Rangers Football Club Limited.
How companies are structured – a graphic representation
Let’s first of all have a wee look at how quickly times can change. Continue reading