Different Types Of Courage


Alex Thomson has returned to the scene of the crimes with some observations in a blogpost about Hunnish intimidation of those who wish to speak the truth about Scotland’s Shame.  

I still have some reservations about Mr Thomson. Although his post is worth two cheers, I feel that he has once again stood in front of an open goal with the ball at his feet and somehow failed to score.  I’ve posted the following reply to his article and I’m reproducing it here before it gets lost in the deluge of “whataboutery” that will shortly clog up his comments page:

Obviously, you’re writing this for a wider audience, Alex, but you’re not quite painting an accurate picture when you say that these matters pass without comment in Glasgow. There are plenty of us with a great deal to say but our points of view are suppressed or misrepresented by the mainstream media.
Thousands of pages of online research into shady dealings at Rangers get dismissed by Hugh Keevins of Radio Clyde as the inconsequential ravings of a shower of “internet bampots”.
Hundreds of thousands of Celtic supporters who have echoed every one of your points – and indeed have been saying them for decades before you took an interest in this scandal – were routinely accused of paranoia by the Scottish mainstream media and ignored by the UK networks.
Millions of hours of broadcasting will avoid any mention of the disease that infects a substantial part of the UK while at the same time no effort seems to be spared to bring us bad news from Middle East war zones, the American political arena or government corruption in some distant country.

The issue of corporate misgovernance is a vital one but the greatest misgovernance of all is the failure of news corporations to report accurately on what has being going on. The BBC is especially guilty because its own charter and mission statement unequivocally affirms its duty to “inform and educate” but no media outlet comes out of this mess with credit. There has been too little fair and impartial reporting on this; what little there has been has mostly been on the outside margins of the established media. While this is a welcome blog, it is nonetheless unlikely that its content will be featured on the Channel 4 television news tonight, once again leaving the inaccurate impression that nobody in Glasgow – or Scotland – is interested in making a comment on these scandals.

Take a look at your own blog roll, Alex; what other subject have you ever blogged about which has produced anything remotely close to the volume of comment which articles about corruption in Scottish football produce? Blogposts on the Rangers scandal do not pass without comment, either from Glasgow or elsewhere. During the close season, tens of thousands of Scottish football fans realised that the only way to make their views clear to their own club directors was by postponing the renewal of their season tickets until it was guaranteed that there would be no place in the SPL for the most corrupt club in the history of British football. That was a powerful and ultimately effective comment by supporters from Ayrshire to Aberdeen and yet the mainstream media has treated it as no more than an awkward interruption to its own determined agenda to misinform its audience.

The media – especially BBC Scotland – relentlessly recycled Neil Doncaster’s prophecies of doom about the prospect of a Hun-free SPL while giving short shrift to the huge volume of commentary from gleeful fans who, if given a voice, would have correctly pointed out that it was the best thing that could ever happen to Scottish football. Now that even Doncaster himself has been forced to concede that he was talking a pile of tripe, there is scarcely a comment from the same media on how utterly useless he clearly is.

There is no shortage of comment on the streets of Glasgow and the rest of Scotland about how utterly inappropriate it is that Campbell Ogilvie – deeply implicated in Rangers’ tax-scam – remains in position at the top of the SFA. But the silence is that of the media, not of the innumerable outspoken critics at ground level.

I could easily go on but the point is clear. There is no shortage of comment about Scotland’s Shame but decades of experience have shown us that there is an acute shortage of desire to reflect that commentary in the UK media as a whole and in the Scottish media in particular.
That is corporate misgovernance on a huge scale. It takes a certain type of courage to crouch in a bombshell crater, ducking out of the way of shrapnel while waiting for a quiet moment to file copy back to an editor. But, without being disrespectful, once you leave the battle arena, the threat is over and you can get on with your life.
It takes a very different – and far more demanding – type of courage for a mainstream journalist to do a piece to camera on location in Govan and resolve to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, with the support of his or her editors and publishers. But nothing short of that kind of determination to stand up to the bullies and their corrupt puppet-masters is required in order to confront the problem of corporate misgovernance in the media. Until programmes like Mark Daly’s excellent two documentaries on Rangers become the norm rather than the very rare exception, then the BBC, Channel 4, and every other media outlet, deserve the corporate misgovernance tag just as much as David Murray, Campbell Ogilvie, Martin Bain, Craig Whyte, Gordon Smith, George Peat, Dave King, Stewart Regan, Neil Doncaster or Gavin Masterton.

This has been a comment by one of those Glaswegians who reportedly watch corruption and criminality occur without comment. I’ll gladly amplify these comments if I’m ever allowed to do so on television but I won’t hold my breath while I’m waiting for the invitation.

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Posted on October 12, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Excellent HenryC! well said

  2. Now that there is the realism, honesty and character sadly lacking from so many. Bravo Sir.

  3. Celtic___Tigress

    Brilliant!! Well said !

  4. good stuff mate, nice to see you blogging again

  5. You’ve summed it perfectly for me.

    My sentiments (and I suspect I’m not alone) exactly.

    Thanks for posting.

  6. Great piece HC – sharp and pointy!

  7. Well written piece that reflects the views of me and many, many others in Scotland! Cheers!

  8. Great article, well said (written) cheers

  9. Arsene Parcelie

    Well put. I assume that’s your online status sorted and we can look forward to erudite contributions to internet bampottery in the future? (…and a return to Toryglen, or have you emigrated?)

  10. great to have you back blogging HC ,the death of RFC has cured my paranoia

  11. Strachan McMaster

    Bullseye Henry! This cancer is far from being Glasgow-centric and the mining villages of Ayrshire.
    Living and working in Aberdeen, I doubt you would be surprised at the local press taking the side of RFC(IA) when a harmless Hector Tax banner was unfurled at Pittodrie. Charlie Allan, the chief sports reporter for the Evening Express rebuked the Dons fans for such an act. He then went on to state how important it was to have the tax dodging cheats remain in the SPL.
    What a tit.

  12. Von Schiehallion

    Good piece (as usual) but Tomo is due some credit for ‘staying’ on the case post Admin: he could easily have said “job done, cheerio” back in June and left it at that.

    Having said that, the points you’ve made are both relevant and important. This is indeed Scotland’s shame…

  13. Nice to see you back Henry. You make your points in a most erudite fashion.
    I have to say that you are my favourite blogger and this is the only time I have made a comment on any site. I enjoy your blogs and look forward to them. It is great to have someone who writes in a grammatically correct fashion and with clarity. As previous replies have stated, you are ‘spot on’ as usual. Many thanks for this post and I look forward to further postings.

    Hail, hail! YNWA.

  14. Another excellent piece, Henry, though long overdue. You have been missed.
    Alex does a very good job, as do you, but I don’t need either of you to be perfect.
    May you both continue to do what you can as best you can. That way, I’m sure, with others, the desired result will be accomplished, eventually.
    With very best wishes

  15. This blog is absolutely bang on the money…to his eternal credit, Alex Thomson got involved and highlighted the issues to a wider audience, for which we should be grateful, bu then if you read the comments on any of his blogs, this story hasn’t spread south of Hadrian’s Wall, and that is the great shame here.

    I’m not entirely sure just how deep the masonic/hun influence runs in our general society, but at a guess I would say it’s pretty damn deep, and gonna be pretty damn difficult to overcome, so buckle up bhoys, this is likely to be one very long and bumpy ride…

  16. Henry, I was very pleased when Alex Thomson and CH4 got involved, seemed we had a national champion at last who would spread the word. Didn’t stop to think of possible shortcomings in his conclusions. As well we have our own champions of which group you are a most worthy member. I’m grateful to have someone so knowledgeable fighting my corner.

  17. I read this on Alex Thomsons Blog Henry,what else can folk do to get the MSM to take their heids out their derriers?Keep up the good work incidentally

  18. Excellent again. Many thanks.

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