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  2. Bill

    Is Scottish Football Corrupt?

    I'd go a step further and say if Rangers as a club don't do something very soon to expose this corruption then there will be an awful lot fewer Rangers fans in ten years time.
  3. The food chain isn't fucked up. People have choices, they choose poorly. The main staple foods of a proper, balanced diet are still there, as they have been for centuries. You even state as much with your "if you want to improve the quality of life, don't eat shite". All about choices. You lay the blame of all ills at the feet of corporations. The reality is actually that if people chose to eat healthier then the corporations you so despise would either die or change. People make choices which allow corporations to generate outsized profits.
  4. Children were being abused on an industrial scale on Corbyn's doorstep Much of Corbyn’s Islington North constituency was made up of white English and Irish workers alongside immigrants. Most inhabited either unrepaired private houses or dilapidated council estates. They suffered bad schools, stretched health services and one of the most corrupt Labour councils in the country. But Corbyn never issued press releases about local issues. His frequent publicity flyers were about Palestine, Ireland, the Western Sahara or Nicaragua. He seemed oblivious to Islington being ranked as London’s worst borough for social services, housing, education and street maintenance. Under Margaret Hodge, the council leader between 1982 and 1992, the People’s Republic of Islington boasted a red flag fluttering above the town hall and a bust of Lenin inside. Despite levying London’s highest council tax, nearly half of its residents lived in 35,000 council houses plagued by crime, drugs, damp and dilapidation because Islington’s unionised labour force refused to undertake repairs. Jerry MacLochlainn of Sinn Fein (left) with Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn (centre) and Sinn Fein Councillor Franis Molloy, during a demonstration march which marked 20 years since Bloody Sunday Yet while Hodge regularly received complaints from Chris Smith, the Labour MP for Islington South, she never heard from Corbyn. Preoccupied by the needs of immigrants and foreign conflicts, he appeared uninterested in the many woes of his constituents. Most shamefully, he didn’t seem to care about the systematic sexual abuse of vulnerable children in Islington’s residential homes, all of which were staffed by council employees, members of his old union, NUPE. Horrifying evidence of sex orgies run from a ‘hot house’ on Islington’s Elthorne estate was exposed. Children had been rented out from a brothel to paedophiles. Among the many victims was Vivian Loki, a 17-year-old girl whose decomposed body was discovered on the estate six months after her murder by a paedophile. Further north, at Gisburne House, another Islington home, children were being abused on an industrial scale. ‘All this,’ Islington social worker Liz Davies discovered, ‘was happening on Corbyn’s doorstep. He knew all about it because it was raised by [Conservative MP] Geoffrey Dickens in the Commons’. In October 1992, five Islington council social workers, led by Liz Davies, confronted Corbyn in his office at the Red Rose Community Centre. By then, dozens of drugged, hungry and distressed young people of both sexes living in 12 council homes were being routinely raped by council employees. Paedophile gangs were rampant across the borough, and at least 30 employees who were suspected of crimes had been allowed to quietly resign. Peter Righton, founder of the pro-paedophile group the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), had been given authority by the Home Office to brief council social workers to place vulnerable children with known sex offenders. Having set out this appalling scenario, the social workers told Corbyn that their complaints to Margaret Hodge had been ignored. After London’s Evening Standard newspaper published a detailed exposé of Islington’s employment of known paedophiles, and the officials’ shredding of documents to cover up the crimes, the council accused the paper of ‘gutter journalism’. The council employees’ meeting with Corbyn lasted 90 minutes, during which he pronounced ‘I’ve heard similar issues from other constituents,’ and then said little else. As usual when confronted with complicated or unpalatable facts, he retreated into his shell, mumbling and smiling but offering no meaningful replies. At the end, he promised to speak to Virginia Bottomley, the Health Minister, but she does not recall any such conversation having taken place. ‘We heard nothing more from Corbyn,’ Liz Davies recalled. ‘We don’t know whether he did anything to help us.’ I told Corbyn bad things happened to me 2 months before child sex scandal in his constituency was exposed...so why did he stay silent? Jeremy Corbyn is facing damaging questions over claims he failed to respond to repeated warnings about a paedophile scandal in his constituency. The Labour leader attended three meetings where shocking evidence of abuse in care homes in the North London borough of Islington was detailed, yet stands accused of taking no action. An investigation by The Mail on Sunday has unearthed new details of the meetings which took place in the early 1990s, around the time that newspapers were beginning to expose the scandal of the widespread rape and sexual abuse of vulnerable children dating back to the 1970s. In a devastating attack on the Labour leader, whistleblowers accuse him of remaining silent and failing to challenge the Labour-controlled council as it sought to cover up the scandal. Our investigation revealed that: A man abused from the age of ten by two council employees told Mr Corbyn in August 1992 – two months before the scandal broke in the media – that ‘very bad things had happened’ to him at a council care home; Five social workers met the Labour MP just weeks later and he promised to raise the matter with Virginia Bottomley, the then Tory Health Secretary – but this weekend she said she had ‘no memory’ of any such approach; Fearing a council cover-up, an investigative journalist who exposed the vile abuse urged Mr Corbyn to speak out, only to be brushed off with a bland statement that the council were doing ‘everything that needs to be done’ – although it later emerged that they were actually destroying vital evidence at the time. A string of sexual predators infiltrated Islington’s care system from the 1970s and their sickening activities are now regarded as among Britain’s darkest child abuse scandals. Abusers – including paedophiles, pimps and child pornographers – had been employed at each of the council’s 12 children’s homes, but staff who raised concerns were accused of racism and homophobia. At least 26 workers linked to abuse were allowed to leave their jobs without being investigated, but when the London Evening Standard first revealed the scandal in October 1992, Margaret Hodge, the then-leader of Islington Council and now Labour MP for Barking, described its report as ‘a sensationalist piece of gutter journalism’. She has subsequently apologised for what she described as the council’s ‘shameful naivety’ in ignoring victims’ voices. In the aftermath, Mr Corbyn’s only public intervention was a short comment to the Evening Standard, saying: ‘These allegations are extremely serious and must be properly investigated. Yet Demetrious Panton, who was one of the many abuse victims in Islington, believes that inaction by local politicians, including Mr Corbyn, may have allowed some of the paedophiles to escape justice. None of the alleged abusers is thought to have been prosecuted and at least three of the ringleaders, including Bernie Bains who abused Mr Panton, fled abroad. ‘I never heard him [Mr Corbyn] say anything,’ said Mr Panton, 51, now an employment law adviser. ‘I don’t think I fitted into a political paradigm.’ Mr Panton was ten when he went into care in 1978. His mother died when he was a baby and his father was unable to cope. Yet instead of finding safety, he was abused at the hands of Bains, who ran the home in Elwood Street in Highbury. When Mr Panton revealed his plight to a health worker in 1979, Bains was allowed to resign. He later fled to Morocco, where he was jailed for child abuse, and killed himself 18 years ago in Thailand. Shockingly, Mr Panton was later abused by another staff member. From the age of 14, Mr Panton wrote letters detailing the abuse to Islington Council. ‘I still have copies,’ he said. ‘I demanded a proper investigation, to save other kids, but they all just told me, in writing, to “move on” with my life.’ Remarkably, he did. After gaining a polytechnic degree, he won a place to study a PhD at the University of Hull but was denied funding by Islington Council. In August 1992, he met Mr Corbyn at his constituency office at the Red Rose Community Centre to ask him to support his funding application. During the meeting, he told the MP that he had been in care in Islington and that ‘very bad things had happened’ to him at a home. ‘He was behind a desk and there were papers everywhere. It was like being in a room with one of your university lecturers,’ said Mr Panton, who had not even confided in close friends at that point. He told Mr Corbyn that he felt the council had a ‘duty’ to help him because of his terrible experiences in homes that they ran. Mr Corbyn did write a letter in support for Mr Panton’s funding bid, but does not appear to have acted on Mr Panton’s ‘very bad things’ comment – even after the Evening Standard revealed the abuse scandal weeks later. ‘When the story broke, I never heard him say anything,’ Mr Panton said. ‘The problem that I have is this: for about four years, Islington Council was denying it and Margaret Hodge was calling it gutter journalism. He could have said, “No, actually it’s not because an individual came to my surgery.” ’ Mr Panton believes that, had more pressure been put on the council, some abusers may have been prosecuted. ‘With a more robust response from Islington, helped by a more robust response from the politicians who represented Islington, perhaps those individuals might have been brought to justice, who knows?’ Just weeks after the scandal broke in the media, the Red Rose Community Centre was the venue for another meeting involving Mr Corbyn and a delegation of five social workers, led by Dr Liz Davies. They had identified at least 61 potential abuse victims and, for more than an hour, detailed their evidence. Mr Corbyn assured them that he would talk to Virginia Bottomley, the then Health Secretary. However, Baroness Bottomley has no recollection of any contact. ‘Having worked in a child guidance unit for ten years and chaired the Lambeth Juvenile Court, I had significant expertise in this field,’ she told The Mail on Sunday. ‘It is inconceivable that I would ignore any such approach. But I have no memory of it whatsoever.’ Dr Davies was surprised when she received no further contact from Mr Corbyn. ‘No letter. No phone call. I never, ever saw him speak about it,’ she later recalled. In early 1993, Mr Corbyn met Eileen Fairweather, one of the Evening Standard reporters who had revealed the scandal, at the Commons. There, she begged him to speak out publicly and warned that Nicholas Rabet, a former care home manager and suspected child abuser, was still running a children’s activity centre in Sussex. Rabet, 56, would later kill himself in Thailand while awaiting trial after being charged with molesting 30 underage boys. ‘I went to plead with him,’ Ms Fairweather told The Mail on Sunday. ‘We sat in a corner and I took him through the strength of the evidence. I said, “This is really serious, you’ve got to do something.” He listened very politely. He promised to make enquiries.’ But she heard nothing until she rang him several weeks later. ‘He said, “I have made some enquiries and I have been reassured that everything that needs to be done is being done”,’ she recalled. It emerged later, however, that crucial documents were being destroyed by Islington Council at that very time. Last night, a lawyer who acts for abuse victims urged Mr Corbyn to make his position clear. ‘His response to allegations of abuse in Islington raises very serious questions,’ said Richard Scorer, from law firm Slater and Gordon. ‘If he wants to command confidence on these issues, he needs to acknowledge if and when mistakes were made.’ Islington Council has agreed a compensation package of £2.1 million for victims of the abuse scandal and said that it provides personal and psychological support to those affected. Its current leader, Richard Watts, said: ‘We’re very sorry for Islington Council’s past failure to protect vulnerable children in its care. The council today is a very different place, and protecting children from harm is our top priority.’ Last night a Labour spokesman said: ‘The claim that Jeremy Corbyn failed to speak out about child sexual abuse is false. ‘In October 1992 he publicly demanded a full investigation into abuse of children in care in Islington. He is on the record describing the allegations as “extremely serious” and demanding they be ‘“properly investigated.” ’ A source insisted that Mr Corbyn had raised allegations with Islington Council’s director of social services at the time, and believes he raised Dr Davies’s issues with Baroness Bottomley. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6713063/Children-abused-industrial-scale-Corbyns-doorstep-did-nothing.html
  5. ian1964

    Is Scottish Football Corrupt?

    The corruption involved in us being kicked out of the top league down to the bottom was evident, see Hearts FC the following season! and has just got worse, I have always said if it wasn't for Rangers I would not be watching/attending any Scottish football.
  6. Bill

    Is Scottish Football Corrupt?

    I already have, except for Rangers. I never watch Scottish football, except Rangers, and that includes the national team, which I long ago abandoned as a sick joke. Football in Scotland is a sad farce and relentlessly corrupt - and perhaps the worst of it is almost no one cares.
  7. craig

    Is Scottish Football Corrupt?

    I can't be the only fan who is struggling to even watch games anymore. Corruption ? Inconsistency ? Honest mistakes ? When the majority of them go against you, or in favour of your biggest rivals for trophies, it effectively removes the word "competition" from the equation. It obliterates your energy for it, knowing that it isn't a level playing field, unless of course we actually believe that "they even themselves out over a season". We are currently 8 points behind Celtic, fair enough We have dropped points of our own making too many times, fair enough. But if you ask yourself how many points Celtic have dropped that were because of poor officiating - and how many points they have gained because of poor officiating.... and that is before you even begin looking at the same thing for us, it is galling. We had a 3 point swing in the 1st OF game (Jack foul, game would otherwise have ended 0-0, despite us being pumped), you also then have a 2 point swing this past weekend where a player scored a winner who should not have been on the pitch to score it - and, indeed, their opponents were down to 10 men AFTER he should have been sent off). That is 5 points in just two games (one game I watched, obviously - the other I just saw the images. I don't watch them but you can be sure there are more examples of points gained due to poor officiating. That is 5 out of 8 of a difference. Now, not for one minute am I excusing us dropping points we shouldn't, or indeed even poor performances against teams we should be beating - but when your rivals seem to be getting an unproportionate amount of "good luck" from officiating, and when the national media cover up any misdeeds (or show inconsistency - BBC said Brown's was a yellow card, yet absolutely hounded the authorities to give McGregor a two game ban) and attempt to derail us at every opportunity.... then your energy and passion for it just vanishes. We aren't playing on a level playing field - and that is the most galling aspect. If we were, and ended up second best, then fair enough. But I would just like to know how close we are if there actually was a competition in place. Lawwell has exactly what he always wanted - Rangers back at the top table but being crippled to prevent us from challenging, not just financially but from his vice-like grip on the media narrative, a very compliant media and a CO who, it seems, is more than willing to further assist in ensuring that Rangers will not challenge their run at the title. It is his dream scenario. It's sickening - and is edging me towards just shutting off from Scottish football - I probably would in fact, if it weren't for the love of Rangers that I have.
  8. ian1964

    DK offer fails

  9. pete

    Gersnet Live Podcast this Sunday!

    287 views already. That is getting good or is it just Ross and Frankie keeping checking.😀
  10. buster.

    [FT] Rangers 0 - 0 St Johnstone

    I kind of agree with what you are saying whilst making the point that a good attitude will only get you so far. A blend of decent ability and good attitude tends to be the hallmark of a successful team. The three players you mentioned represented that very well.
  11. cooponthewing

    [FT] Rangers 0 - 0 St Johnstone

    Halliday is our most consistent and reliable left back at the moment tbh.
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  13. Although we know nothing about him it's great to hear we're picking guys up from sides like Man City at this age on the back of the Alkass tournament. Man City seem to be the best team at U16 level and this guy seems to have played a big part in that. The Sun and the Scotsman claim he was a "key man", I take that with a pinch of salt but his twitter shows he has at least been playing and scoring regularly.
  14. Bill

    7 Labour MP's quit

    It has to be seen as a positive move away from chaos. As a right of centre person myself I absolutely see the need for a left of centre alternative and that no longer seems to exist in Britain today. I wish them luck, they'll need it because all sorts of shit is about to be poured over them by the lunatics behind Corbyn.
  15. Bill

    Is Scottish Football Corrupt?

    It's downplaying it by descriptions such as "inept, or "incompetent" that allows the corruption to flourish. Worse still is the self-doubter reaction that prefers to blame the situation on our own lack of vigilance or our "laziness". Refusing to see the worst in people might be seen by some to be a positive characteristic but it's largely just a product of social engineering and in fact all it does is hand immunity to corrupt people. For so long as folks pretend the entire edifice isn't controlled and orchestrated by a (not so) narrow section of society, the shit will continue to happen and those who perpetrate it will continue to flourish. (And no, I don't mean those big bad corporations 😁)
  16. forlanssister

    7 Labour MP's quit

    That they did this in the knowledge their own political careers are effectively over now highlights just how f*&ked up the Labour Party currently is.
  17. Bluedell

    7 Labour MP's quit

    It'll be interesting to see if this new alternative gets anyone from Scotland joining. It's good that those on the left have an alternative to electing a terrorist supporter.
  18. pete

    Is Scottish Football Corrupt?

    One thing is certain, Liewell has Scottish football in a half nelson.
  19. Turkeys not voting for Xmas is the very reason we'll never see a Labour government under Corbyn & Co. Even the most fervent hard-Brexiter acknowledges there will be reciprocal rights just as they acknowledge Brexit won't end immigration. Especially those who vote for a Corbyn led Labour Party. No I don't and below is a perfect of example of why. For the avoidance of doubt I say the same thing today and will tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that yada yada yada. The Israeli's didn't invent Corbyn & Co's antisemitism just as MI5 didn't invent Corbyn & Co's love and support of terrorists that they use his own actions against him is of his own making.
  20. der Berliner

    [FT] Rangers 0 - 0 St Johnstone

    Putting a winning run together ... I said it during the split and at the beginning of the season, the Yahoos have been given favourable starts to the respective parts with regards to opposition, whereas we did not. Things - as people like to say - even themselves out over the course of the season (as we all have to play these games at one point or another), but what we have seen in recent weeks is that - "according to plan" - the Yahoos smashed their way through all the weaker sides one way or another, while we stumbled at the expected hurdles at Killie (essentially twice). So essentially nothing unexpected happened, the Yahoos got their headstart and pulled away. It hurt more than it should as we had all the opportunities both to put Killie to the sword instead of handing them 3 points or indeed drawing to the Perth Saints (who shipped 9 without reply against the Yahoos in recent weeks). Even against Livingston and St. Mirren we failed to hit the heights that we are capable of, heights we have shown in Europe and against the Scum. Obviously, these teams play a different style and simply try to stop us playing. Some better, some worse. And, like it ir not, SG much like MW or PC have not get answers to beat that on a regular basis ... even though this time about I would lay quite some responsibility at the players' feet. NOW ... what puts a spoon of salt in that though is the amount of decisions that wen against us and the clear and open bias by the CO in their favour. As it stands, we have people suspended on various occasions for offences that have at least been contentious, while over on the other shre of the Clyde a guy like Brown has the Freedom of Scotland. A Simunovic floors a player and does not even get a cauition or Burke falls in the box to gain a penalty and doesn't get a card either. Remember Gordon's attempts at kung-fu or Brown's appealed and reduced dark REd against Ross County last season ... That's two red cards for Brown in two games ... what are the chances that he will be free(d) to play against us in a few weeks time? A quick look at the results since the turn of the year will show that we actually gained more points than I would have expected, even though the St. Johnstone score really hurt - not least with the Yahoos drawing till Brown, who should have been off again for this ... ... if we'd apply the "McGregor evidence" system. https://postimg.cc/CByJC9ss ... managed that late winner with a deflected shot. Much snickering down Yahoo way, I would imagine. Kilmarnock 2 - Rangers 1 Livingston 0 - Rangers 3 ( Cowdenbeath 1 - Rangers 3 ) Rangers 4 St. Mirren 0 Aberdeen 2 - Rangers 4 ( Kilmarnock 0 - Rangers 0 ) Rangers 0 - St. Johnstone 0 I had my doubts about getting full points at Livingston and Aberdeen, but we did. Next up are a couple of games against Accies and Dundee, games we should really aim and accept nothing less than 6 points. At the same time, the Scum will play home to Motherwell and away at Hearts. The gap may come down a little by then. Early March could be that turning point, as we will play both Hibs and the Scum away, while they will have Aberdeen at the Scumhut. We need to sort out the tactics for teams like St. Johnstone and some level-playing field with suspensions and decisions by the CO would not go amiss either.
  21. StuGers

    Is Scottish Football Corrupt?

    Fair enough point. I would genuinely be pleased if we tried that but in the current climate I can’t see it being successful.
  22. Frankie

    Rangers - Kilmarnock (3-0)

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