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Subjugating The Indians

Subjugating The Indians

We have come a long way since the ‘West was won.’ As the pioneers pushed west to the Pacific in their wagon trains, they encountered fierce opposition from Native Americans who considered themselves the rightful heirs to the land that the pioneers were prepared to take by force, or by subterfuge. The latter included trading […]

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Defending The Indefensible

Defending The Indefensible

Prior to a more measured and dispassionate look at the SPFL farrago of half-truths and blatant lies, I pause to reflect on an inordinately poor performance by Celtic. It was not so much the result that should trouble Celtic supporters than the shape of the team and the fact that Sinclair might have well have […]

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Crime Pays At The SPFL

Crime Pays At The SPFL

Gerry Moynihan QC, for the SPFL, has concluded that systemic tax evasion is not within their purview. The SPFL apparently cannot penalise the former club because there was and is nothing in their statute books to address the systemic subversion of Scottish football. So why not just do it again? The SPFL will just look […]

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Doncaster’s Sophistry

Doncaster’s Sophistry

One would be astonished if the new board of the SPFL after an hour or so of deliberation and a minimum of e-mail correspondence from Rod McKenzie, to inform them as to whether they can get away with it, do little more than to circle the wagons around Neil Doncaster. Their Chief Executive, more than […]

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Moving On For Dummies

Moving On For Dummies

One does not have to await the 48 hour SPFL review to realise that the fix is in. Different board members – same fix. The pause for dramatic effect is fooling no-one. Rod McKenzie has been well briefed to add a legal balm to the predetermined decision. The LNS decision will be held up as […]

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Sporting Integrity-RIP

Sporting Integrity-RIP

“The Scottish Professional Football League is set to announce that no new action will be taken over the Rangers “big tax case”. Discussions on the controversial topic took place hours after the election of a much-changed SPFL board – including Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson – and one of its members, Hearts chairwoman Ann Budge, […]

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The Hectorcist Claims First Tax Cheat

The Hectorcist Claims First Tax Cheat

One individual for whom the EBT’s have Crystallised (jj passim) is none other than the Incorrigible Barry Barry Ferguson – Tax Cheat Extraordinaire. Ferguson received ¬£2.5 million in EBT payments.He also invested in a film production partnership called Eclipse which was targeted by HMRC after being ruled to be a tax avoidance scheme. Ferguson has […]

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The EBT’s Have Crystallised

The EBT’s Have Crystallised

The logo for this site is ‘cynical reflections from a tub’ which is apposite as it’s my mission statement to cut through the spin, deflection and obfuscation to arrive at a kernel of truth. My cynicism has been piqued by the SPFSA. Are they no more than an elaborate squirrel, a pressure valve if you […]

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A Masonic Hoodwink

A Masonic Hoodwink

Stewart Milne would prefer that the Aberdeen supporters donned blindfolds like first degree initiates in freemasonry. As a house builder he will be up to his knees in the craft. I posit that someone in his lodge has told him to help his Govan brothers out of their cheating fix. Should he assist in keeping […]

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Tarnishing The Club’s Reputation

Tarnishing The Club’s Reputation

The Green Brigade are not the only ‘ultras’ in European football. In a former life I attended a Roma v Barcelona CL tie at The Olympico Stadium in which my seat had been commandeered by ‘ultras.’ I had no intention of asking for its return in broken Italian. For amusement, some in their group had […]

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The Tug of War

The Tug of War

In a close season that has been dominated by the Supreme Court dismissing an appeal by the joint liquidators of Rangers, the green shoots of UEFA progress are apparent at Scottish football’s two pre-eminent clubs, namely Celtic and Aberdeen. Rangers Lite in their debut season in a UEFA tournament let the side down badly with […]

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Lawwell’s Long Game

Lawwell’s Long Game

The decision by Peter Lawwell to rejoin the SFA’s Professional Game Board came as a surprise to many. It could be perceived as a vote of confidence in the severely compromised Stewart Regan. Conversely, given that Doncaster is also joining Lawwell on the SFA board, while retaining his Chief Executive position at the SPFL, it […]

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The Discredited LNS Commission

The Discredited LNS Commission

1. From: Duncan Fraser Sent: 07 March 2013 16:26 To: Ralph Topping; Iain Blair; Neil Doncaster; Stephen Thompson; Eric Riley Cc: Rod McKenzie Subject: RE: Appeal to SFA Gentlemen, I wish to put on record to you all my position. The circumstances we find ourselves in is that we have been unable to get together […]

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The Anatomy of a Cover Up

The Anatomy of a Cover Up

Ralph Topping, who is a member of the SFA’s Professional Gaming Board, would have us believe that there is no collusion between the two governing bodies in Scottish football. Let’s be quite clear on this point: they are a concert party working together to avoid title stripping. I would go further and contend that during […]

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Bigots in Fancy Dress

Bigots in Fancy Dress

When it comes to mindless knuckle-dragging sectarian hatred, no-one does it better than The Orange Order. How this organisation, which celebrates a famine in Ireland, is not proscribed, truly beggars belief. Terrorist organisations like the UVF and UDA are proscribed, but you’ll find them alive and kicking in The Orange Order as they conspire to […]

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Neil Doncaster – The Cover Up MC

Neil Doncaster – The Cover Up MC

To say that Ralph Topping, the outgoing Chairman of the SPFL, made an arse of himself in his interview with Alan Patullo does a discredit to other fundaments. He is not fooling anyone. The go-to-counsel for the rebranded SPL, who now refer to themselves as the SPFL, is Rod McKenzie. He is not a QC. […]

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Campbell Ogilvie – The Gallant Pioneer of Tax Evasion

Campbell Ogilvie – The Gallant Pioneer of Tax Evasion

Regular readers will know that I produce some of my best work at weekends despite scant reward. I awoke this morning to one donation of ¬£5 from Donegal. I can confirm that it was not from Phil Mac helping out a fellow award-winning blogger who is down on his luck. I digress. Prior to my […]

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A Mushroom’s Guide To Sporting Integrity

A Mushroom’s Guide To Sporting Integrity

Making a case for Rangers at the present time is to make a rod for one’s back. Making a case for Rangers in the face of an internet petition: ¬†#stripthetitles¬†– which now has 7,000 signatures – is an onerous task. However if the new SPFL Chairman, Murdoch MacLennan is to have a good working relationship […]

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Hector Rides Again

Hector Rides Again

We are in the midst of a propaganda war waged by James Traynor via his mouthpieces in the SMSM and the licence funded Hun that is Kenny Macintyre at BBC Scotland. What possesses BBC Scotland, that is run by hard-drinking Rangers-facing Teuchters, to pay tax dodgers to appear on their shows? Have these tax evaders […]

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Bringing The Game Into Disrepute

Bringing The Game Into Disrepute

The events of just one week ago have galvanised many who lurk on this site to make a comment. I concur with their view that the tectonic plates of Scottish football have shifted, but this does not alter my view that The Sitonfence Speakeasy should be partly funded by those who make comments. I requested […]

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