HOW ironic to hear the Prime Minster speak out against the proposed European Super League (ESL). That the godfather of sleaze, dishonesty and corruption should criticise the formation of a league designed to maximise profits and wholly based on greed demonstrates his political opportunism and sheer hypocrisy.
By joining Prince William in feigning interest in the “beautiful game”, Mr Johnson grasps yet another way of riding a wave of cheap popularity for political gain.
There is no doubt that the ESL is based on naked avarice and unfettered capitalist instincts, with the ordinary football supporter left abandoned, but for the leader of the most sordid and unscrupulous UK Government for a generation to utilise this for selfish political gain is unpalatable, and will be lauded only by the gullible or the politically callow.
He cares as much about the ordinary football fan as much as he cares about those who need to use food banks or the views of people in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It’s just another populist bandwagon for the charlatan that is Johnson to climb on until another easy obfuscatory target comes along.
THE hypocrisy coming from Graeme McGarry, Neil Doncaster and the SPFL is monumental. The SPFL was only set up to retain the maximum revenue from Scottish football fans within a small number of clubs (originally 10, expanded to 12 when Motherwell hit difficulties) and the devil take the smaller clubs. When 12 European teams propose doing exactly the same thing, the vitriol is incandescent.
OF all the reasons – and I could think of many – for flinging oot the be-knighted leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal non Opposition from a pub, supporting measures to curb the Covid pandemic is not one of them. Wot next, being barred from a nail bar by a burly hairdresser? It’s not as if the landlord was wearing a tinfoil hat with antennas buzzing, or a sign in the windae, saying “Only Socialists Allowed Here”.
I wouldn’t pick him as the “bloke” I would most like to share a bitter pint with, any more than the EBC’s favourite interviewee, Nigel the Barrage Balloon in a Withering spoon in a full English Brexit hostelry.
The only thing more ridiculous and unfair is unbiased EBC interviewers in Scotland selectively hand-picking interviewees, such as hostile hospitality business owners in Embra’s Fringeland, complaining aboot that Nicola, and making a special case for pubs being exempt on the grounds that they are social centres for the gathering of many people. Duh!
The only thing being more farcical would be Jackie Baillie and Baroness Davidson being invited to a posh Kayak Klub of CNDers in the Fast Lane.
AT least two of Hamish MacPherson’s recent columns have concerned the Battle of Culloden – except in Sunday’s Quiz it came out as “Flodden”!
I wonder, though, how many others would agree with me that the ’45 was in fact the worst thing that could have happened to Scotland that century, with devastating consequences for generations to follow?
Hamish’s “Back In The Day” article on the aftermath of the battle made it very clear that Charlie had few supporters in Lowland Scotland (Stinking Billy and the undisguised genocide that followed Culloden, Seven Days, April 18).
OK, he and his army won a couple of battles, and got halfway down England before turning back. What if they had taken London – how long would it have been before the inevitable Protestant backlash (with vastly superior numbers) defeated the cause?
In that event, he would have been killed, or more likely captured and dealt with as severely as some of his main followers – hanged, drawn and quartered at the very least.
Given the awful happenings in Scotland in the following century (mainly in the Highlands), is there not a case for demoting the “Bonnie Prince” to that of a minor footnote in Scots history, with far more prominence given to the treatment of the Highlands after he managed to save his own skin (and never set foot here again)?
SO they want the Union flag displayed at COP26. Great, why don’t we mock up 120 nuclear warheads, stick a great big Union flag on them and display them prominently at COP26?
I HOPE that one of the government ministers has a friend or knows someone who can take on a contract to supply Union flag coasters, napkins, paper towels and toilet rolls to complete the theme.