Category: Politics

Rangers & The Strange Case of Mark Warburton’s “Resignation”

The best line about Mark Warburton’s departure as Glasgow Rangers manager came from Irish-based blogger Phil Mac Giolla Bhain. Mac Giolla Bhain has recently produced running commentaries on Rangers board meetings (the continuing anonymity of his source(s) is a wonder). Yet even he hadn’t seen this coming. “I was very surprised when Mark Warburton resigned last night and, in fairness, so was he.” The story, Rangers claiming that Warburton and his management team had resigned and Warburton denying all knowledge, might simply be that Rangers wanted rid of their under-performing management team and attempted to portray the departures as...

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FA In The “No Confidence” Vote In The FA

The debate on the House of Commons’ lack of confidence in the English Football Association (FA) took me back to some grim trade union conference days. In conference halls dominated by a Trotskyist political far-left, debates were repetitively tedious. Delegate-after-delegate would rail against “this vicious Tory government,” (even after Labour’s 1997 election victory, in the more deranged cases). The first speech would make ALL the required points in support of a motion and the subsequent dozens would offer nothing new, merely allowing the speakers to report to their branches (Socialist Workers’ Party, not union) that they had played their...

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Football Shorts: Seventeen MPs Possibly Care

With setting up meetings to ensure that Rupert Murdoch’s representatives are in key positions, shouting “BREXIT MEANS BREXIT” through a loudspeaker, and arranging for the building of a five hundred foot high golden statue of Donald Trump to be installed on one of the plinths at Trafalgar Square, it has been somewhat surprising to see that the state of football in this country has been anywhere near the top of anybodys’s agenda over the last few weeks or months. Indeed, given the eerie silence that has emanated from the Football Association over the last few months, it has frequently...

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The Curious Case of Rangers’ “Relegation”

A curious Scottish court case involving Rangers is barely news, given the events of the last decade. But the latest is, if you’ll forgive the descent into impenetrable legalese, a “doozy.” The case’s central question looks simple. Were Rangers “relegated” in the summer of 2012? And the question remains the same, for the knee-jerk reactors out there, even if you avoid the interminable new/old club argument about Rangers (as I so intend). Even, indeed, if “the gambling industry is still acting as if Rangers is the same club,” as was suggested in court. However, this central question proved far...

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The 200% Review of the Year: Goodbye. Good Riddance

Anyone hoping for a positive take on 2016 in this article is about to have their hopes dashed. Dashed again, probably. I was in the mood to find upbeat angles for this football-year review but there’s precious few. 2017 needs to be a belter to make up for this 12 months of shite and more shite. Just before sitting down to type this, Professor Phil Scraton clinched the “Non-football Person Involved with Football” of the Year. The leading Hillsborough justice campaigner’s refusal to accept the Order of the British Empire, partly on the grounds that (to paraphrase) the British...

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