Hypocrisy


Don’t use them, Paddy is the only one you can trust. The wee fat Cowan wouldn’t even take me and my mum. who had mobility problems. down the road. When I asked him why, He said “If you don’t know then that’s all the more reason why I’m not letting you in this cab”. He’s from the same area where I was reared up from 6 to 18. I was 44 years old at this time. Maybe I threw snowballs at him 20 odd years ago and he has received counseling since. But that’s just petty and by the by. I continued to use Redline faithfully and loyally for over 25 years. I was responsible through my guests, myself and family for nearly £3000 annually. But in the week ending 30th of May 3 cabs allegedly did not receive their fare money. You would think that they would simply warn drivers to take payment up front. If a passenger doesn’t have enough cash on him and has to go into his house to retrieve money to pay the fare, surely the driver need only need some collateral until the passenger returns with the money. (What taxi driver doesn’t do that as standard practice?) Anyway to lift the “blacklist” on my number, I went to the office and paid £12 to cover the three fares. one of which has since been repaid to me. The chap maintains that the taxi didn’t wait for him to come back with the fare. I asked the girl in the office to take my personal details and a password and we agreed that I would be removed from the “blacklist”. We agreed that no taxi was order was to be accepted from my number without my full name and password being used. This was all acceptable but I was having problems ordering a taxi from them. Some of the bovine group in their office didn’t get that I was now removed from the blacklist despite holding a receipt for the fares that they claimed had not been paid. After a few days everything seemed back to normal except it was only I that was getting a taxi so revenue drops from nearly 3 grand a year to under £600 a year. Yesterday — 5th June — the lying cows tried to say that a hire had not been paid the day after I had paid the £12 on the Thursday of last week. They also said that a password could not be set up except for a contract. For all intents and purposes I had a contract with them. It was only them I phoned. Besides they breached their verbal contract with me when I paid their fares — even though I was not legally obliged to — on the condition that the blacklist be lifted and the password protocol put in place. The first liar told that I was back on the blacklist because a Taxi had been “bumped” on the 5th. She told me it wasn’t from my phone number but from another phone,,evidently a mobile. The second fat cow who was there,,she said, when I paid the £12 tried to change the story to that the was ordered from my number. She denied any knowledge of the password agreement I had made with them when I paid the money. So they have simply used me as a debt collector for their unpaid bills. They don’t know that I charge £20 an hour for that kind of service and it took me 2.5 hours to do it. So they owe me the £12 as I only undertook the fare payment under the circumstances described. They failed in that regard so I will be seeking that money back. Then of course the collection fee which I would have waived had I not been lied to, brings the total they owe me to £32
People stick with United and Maxicabs, For a £3:00 journey in a Redline cab, it will cost you only £2:60 – £2:70. So it’s not 266633 but 266333. That one digit makes a lot difference to your purse. And you receive a better service. Apart from Paddy of course. The other United numbers are 357070 if you’re in Wishaw or you can phone Maxi cabs as they together on the same radio and their number is 842525 and of course if you’re in Motherwell phone — TWO DOUBLE SIX TREBLE THREE — 266333.
Good luck and always remember to put you’re seatbelt on when you get in a cab. .it should become automatic.
 

Yes it’s that time of year again when poppygate rears its ugly head and poppygate fascists like poppyscotland attempt to impose upon us British war propaganda and the recruitment machine culminates in what once was remembrance Sunday.

Lets get something clear. The poppy and remembrance Sunday is nothing to do with remembering the dead of all wars and all sides. It is to do with glorifying British dead soldiers. At the time remembrance Sunday began, the remembrance they were meaning was remembering the dead of enemies of Ireland, as Ireland was at a state of war with Britain.  I have no problem with British remembering their war dead but I do have a problem with them inflicting it on the rest of us who for whatever reason may not want to take part in their ceremonies and morbid celebration of war. There is no day for remembering what they call collateral damage – innocent civilians – who have been affected by a war not of their doing and haven’t sought to play a part in it. Poppy Scotland is a registered charity that raises money for the soldiers of war and their families. They do not give any thought or even recognition that the main victims of war are not soldiers but innocent civilians. Who is speaking for them?

Another problem is that the national question has not yet been resolved in Ireland and until it has been then we should have nothing to do with remembrance days for Black and Tans or any other British soldier that has served in the last 800 years. I don’t care if they supported Celtic or if they supported Hibs, Hearts or Motherwell. Who they supported or even played for does not come into it. Personally, I remember my British relatives and all who died, from whatever nation, in the Great Wars my own  way and I will not have some pipsqueak Poppy Fascist telling me how to do it. I also remember my relatives and fellow Irish and Scots/Irish who died and sacrificed so much to win Ireland’s freedom which is still a Work in Progress. Although I support peaceful political means to meet that end, I can’t rule out supporting the killing of more British Soldiers if they ever again make war on my ethnic family again.  Ireland’s 26 county republic is not what our dead died for so I can’t support the spilling of more blood for that. Even if it was a 32 county Republic, it’s still far from what they envisaged if the 26 County one we have now is any example to go by. It is only a 32 county Democratic Socialist Republic that I would support even working towards never mind spilling blood for.

Another two things that have not been reconciled and remain an obstacle to Scots/Irish from taking part in any ritual to honour dead British Soldiers is;

1. The Ballymurphy Massacre, when the same British para regiment that committed the bloody Sunday atrocity, go unpunished or at the very least, the atrocity goes unrecognised by the British Government. Until put to bed in the form of recognition and an apology. Irishmen or Scots/Irish should NOT be forced to take part in any ritual honouring these murderers. Even if or when they do recognise the Ballymurphy Massacre, no Irishman woman or Scots/Irish man or woman can be forced to take part in the honouring of British soldiers. I don’t see Israel having a remembrance day for German Soldiers killed in the war and I wouldn’t expect them to. Same rules apply. It would be nice to see and it would be nice for us to mourn but not honour Britain’s war dead – relatives or not. I have relatives that have died in the British Army but I don’t feel compelled to honour them while the Ballymurphy Massacre sits there, unrecognised, like a stinking pile of steaming warm shite that I just can’t see past. Get it sorted out.

2. An Gorta Mór or the Great Hunger. Better known as the Irish Potato Famine. If one didn’t know better, one would think that Irishmen and woman are a different species from humans and can only live on potatoes alone. Well as an oft quoted man in history who was supposed to have lived around 2000 or so years ago was supposed to have said “Man can not live on bread alone” Well the same goes for potatoes. Irish people starved while the best quality foodstuffs left the ports of Ireland bound for Britain’s western ports and Europe’s more accessible ports. There was a potato blight in Scotland too. But it was not to have such a destructive force upon the highland Scots as it was to have on the Irish. 1 million people died during An Drochshaol and around the same emigrated. It’s actually hard to say for those assumed to have emigrated may well have died without reaching their destination on the coffin ships that resembled the slave ships. This was in the years from 1845-52. A very clever form of ethnic cleansing that even highland Scots were a victim of. Unless they took the soup. The phrase “Took the Soup” comes from the An Gorta Mór days when protestant churches offered plates of rare nourishment in the form of soup if those that took it would sit through the Sunday Service with the Protestant church. More evidence of ethnic cleansing on the fly. I’m proud to say that not many “took the soup” and to this day the phrase means to compromise your beliefs and self-respect to make life easier for yourself. That’s why it pains me when I see Scots/Irish and Irish taking part in anything to do with the poppy. To me they are “taking the Soup”

Today I read in the Metro that there was a FIFA ban on poppies being on the national football strips at international matches. I also read that the SFA said that they thought it would be far more fitting to simply wear it on the track suit as the national anthems were being played by the bands or over the tannoy. For once, Sepp Blatter was spot on. It’s shameful that even he can see the logic while our own bigots effect deep offence at the thought of ignoring outside influences and getting on with the game. He said that “Football must keep it’s neutrality”. If the SFA could compromise then why didn’t the SPL last season? Were they bullied by the Poppy Scotland Fascists into the ridiculous step to sew on poppies to ALL their clubs jerseys? Did they take the soup and sell the jerseys or did Celtic make it easier for them and offer up the jerseys for nowt? With the war criminal gone, (John Reid) will he have taken his politics with him (picking it up at the door where he said he would leave it) and will Celtic have any backbone that Reid, love or hate like I hate him, gave Celtic in their dealings with the SPL and the SFA . You see that’s how I know Reid was behind the poppygate scandal, the bastard sat back like Pontius Pilate and washed his hands of it by saying it was nothing to do with him, it was an SPL thing. So anyway, we avoid poppygate this year courtesy of the Scottish International with Cyprus.

So what if the Internationals weren’t on to save everyone the embarrassment of Poppygate? What should Celtic supporters do to express their opposition to the Poppy Fascists. I don’t presume to speak for Celtic supporters. In fact, shame on them, I am in the minority, I suspect. If only they would open their eyes a little. It’s the middle class prawn sandwich mob of the Celtic support I am addressing. Lets take it as a given that they are not blind and have grown the sense to be on board with me about Poppygate. I am also speaking to the working class and the middle class supporters that are already in agreement with me. I say their protest should be silent and dignified. In three weeks time, it will be near St Andrew’s Day. The Green Brigade and the Talfanzine have been at the forefront of anti-racism along with Celts Against Fascism. These are the kind of supporters who are a credit to the club. It’s these supporters who are the main if not the only reason I am a Celtic fan today. Together, and there is/was a lot of cross membership, they represented what I thought was good about the club. I did not choose to be a Celtic fan, Celtic ‘s fan base that was made up mostly of these types of people made me a natural Celtic supporter. How could I not support a club that had men like these among their ranks. Also the wider Celtic family chose me. They didn’t know it and they probably wish they hadn’t. They are truly the best supporters in the world and it is they who drew me to the club. Anyway, back to the question. What should we best do as Celtic supporters in the face of another Poppygate like the seasons that have gone before, after Mr Reid arrived with his politics left at the door. Celtic supporters should have a Saltire day on St Andrews day with, an anti Racism theme, when everyone brings in their Saltire and wave it instead of the usual flags. This will emphasise that we are a Scottish Club with Irish roots.

We should wait and see what Celtic PLC do for that year’s British recruitment drive but anticipate possible scenarios and have in place the proper response. If they take part in the British Army recruitment drive, then we should protest by leaving the stadium if they adorn the strip with the poppy and if we have foreknowledge of their intentions and they are as we fear, then we should simply not go in. Protest outside and then a few weeks later have a Saltire Anti-Racism Day to coincide with St Andrew’s day so that no one can throw the plastic paddy usual bullshit at us.

That would drive home the message that we are against wars of adventurism such as the 1st World war “to end all wars” supposedly, and for the “rights of small nations to be free”. What about that wee nation just to the west of you Britain you hypocritical bastards? Or Afghanistan for that matter? Wars such as the Iraq war and the war in Afghanistan are all wars of imperialist adventurism and served no purpose other than to lead to slaughter, like lambs, working class Scottish youth. Did you know that Britain or America has been in a state of war with someone in every decade since the war to end wars. In fact they go further back. Ask yourself – can you find a decade in which the Americans or the British have NOT been in a state of war or “conflict” in say the last 1 no 2 no try 3 hundred years. Also these wars of imperialism are about greed, whether it’s the military industrial complex, or simply oil. But Afghanistan hasn’t got any oil I hear you say. No but it has the means to deliver oil to the west. Also it has a multi million pound narcotics industry that needs protecting. Why else are American and British troops protecting the poppy fields instead of burning them. Why are they not encouraging farmers to grow pomegranates which thrive in a climate such as Afghanistan. What the fuck is he on about Pomegranates for now, what are they gonna do for the Afghan economy? Well they are a lot cheaper to grow and harvest and stick on the supermarket shelf. You can stick in big letters on the minimal wrapping “Most definitely not grown in Zionist Israel so it’s OK to buy them!” Of course they are only an example of what can be grown. Fruit and Veg to rival the quality of Turkey’s and Persia’s can be grown there and they can demand high prices for them, for the fruit grown in Afghanistan will be of equal quality because of the climate. They have been protecting the drugs industry and the United Fruit Company interests in South America for decades. Now they are doing the same with heroin and Oil in Afghanistan.  The Nazi Germans in the war had to fall back on heroin substitute, methadone, in the 2nd world war. The Americans and British are making sure they do not need the substitute now that they have 90% of the world’s narcotics in their sphere of influence.  Ask yourself this – If they have control of 90% of the narcotics in the world, why then has the supply not dropped, but it has increased and cut down in potency and purity to make more profits? Who is profiting? Why are they allowed to profit if the British and Americans have control over it. They only answer is that junkies in America and Britain are paying for the war so the oil barons don’t have to. It’s the only conceivable answer. This whole thing keeps working class youths in America and Britain dependent on the Governments for their fix. They become apathetic and never question the motives of their respective governments. This is not some conspiraloon shite, the numbers don’t lie. If I’m wrong then I must be brought before the courts for libel. But they won’t do that because they wont stand up to scrutiny.

That’s what these wars are all about. Oil and drugs, the most expensive minerals outside silver and gold which they have bought up anyway to inflate the prices.

Did you know the South African Government during apartheid, I don’t know about now, held back the diamond stock simply to impress the rarity and so could inflate the prices of Diamonds. Other gemstones are far more rare than diamonds. Diamonds were only given the appearance of rarity to  increase their prices. OPEC does it with oil and the Americans don’t like it one bit because they had no control over it. Now they have control over more than 45% of the world’s oil. They are trying to get, with this pipeline through Afghanistan, control over the supply of 75% of the world’s oil. They do that by offering working class kids in America and Britain a way out of the drugs cycle. Join the Army, be cool, see the world and shag loads of woman, or men or camels, whatever takes your fancy. You can even rape them if you want. We’ll just turn a Nelson’s. Just go out there and shoot loads of people. It’s the American way and Winston would want it that way.

What they don’t tell them is that they will stand a good chance of losing some limbs due to IED ambushes, for Afghanistan is great country for ambushing invading troops. Just ask the Russians. But every year a few months after armed forces day when the British soldier is held up as a super hero who chose to defend his country against the invading hordes of Islam. The Glorification of that shite is given a further nudge by Armistice Day and in between, our television sets are covered with Armed Forces promotional adverts that, clearly hide the truth from the simple 16-17 year old working class kids. Fight for your country and be a hero. It’s no better than the Islamist videos exhorting young Muslims to become martyrs for Allah. They will be repaid in paradise. I’d like to see their faces when there is no paradise but only death for one who takes an innocent life in any name. Same goes for British soldiers, I’ve looked down the business end of the British Rifle being held by a British soldier many times from the age of 8. I can not and will not support any movement that encourages that kind of behaviour from British soldiers. I don’t care if most of them are all right, and my mates sister is getting married to one. I can only wish them a horrible day until they come home and get their heads fixed. I’d be grateful if they didn’t beat their wives went they got drunk or pished on their bed sit fellow ‘s shoes in the middle of the night because they are incontinent. Oh and leave out the war stories ‘cos they bore the tights off me. “I lost friends in Crossmaglen”, ” Well that was fucking careless”.

I’m sorry, I’m making light of a very serious problem that doesn’t get spoke about in the armed Forces Day to Armistice Day recruitment drive by the armed forces.  Post – Traumatic – Stress – Syndrome. They don’t tell you about this in their glossy magazines in the recruitment office waiting room. They don’t mention it in the adverts. They don’t really have anyone telling them they might become bed-wetters by the time the Army’s finished with them. And that’s ones’ that haven’t seen any combat yet! Don’t be fooled either by the myth that soldiers aren’t taken care of by the Government. They get a nice pension, excellent job prospects on Civvy street for what employer is not going to give an ex squaddie a chance. Problem is though that they will invariably fuck it up and leave the misguided employer with egg on his face for employing a man who has been broken down and turned into a human being, bordering on sociopathic. He or she may not be as far gone as that but serious mental health issues are almost definitely a by-product of what the British army has done to the person. It just not possible for someone to go into the Army and come out as a normal rational human being. Most cases are walking time bombs. This not from some anecdotal evidence or some uni research. This is just my own personal experience of dealing with and interacting with ex-squaddies. They are just not right in the head. Simple.

It is not for us to clean up the MOD’s mess. Nor should it be left for a war-chest masquerading as a charity. The poppy fascists should not be foisting upon anyone to give in to this farce. The MOD should get the money from the drugs and Oil barons it’s fighting it’s dirty wars of adventurism for to contribute to trying to fix their mistakes they have made with our fellow working class citizens. Another thing… Working class recruits almost never enter the army at officer level but the upper class almost always do. I often wondered why a Scottish Regiment was nearly always led by an English accented officer. That’s the reason. Class, Class, Class. The noblest class, the working class will get shat upon from a great height in the armed forces and never seem to know it. In fact they seem happy to be shat on. It beggars belief. In a normal society this would not be put up with by anyone, never mind someone who is risking his very life to appease the Army Hierarchy.

Not in my fucking name. Simple as that. If you want to go on a National Lampoons Holiday don’t insult my intelligence by pretending you are doing it to protect me in any way. You are only upholding and reinforcing the Status Quo which is not what I want and I’ll have no part in it. The Status Quo being the class system in Britain that hasn’t gone away. Yes the lines between working class and middle class have become blurred. But they are still there and they are discernible. You are middle class when you work as a civil servant such as a police officer, soldier or anyone in the criminal justice system. You are middle class when you work for most employment department jobs in the DWP and the Job Centre. You can still hold a position in that field and be working class if you apply your efforts to helping the client get back to work or not hinder their return to work by issuing sanctions for silly mistakes that only serve to keep a person’s morale down and thus hinder their return to work. You are middle class if you are a boss of someone whether it be middle management or even a lowly foreman. Basically if you hold the power to withhold someone’s income and if you do the business owners’ bidding and not represent the worker’s interests. You are middle class if you own a business and employ someone. You are working class if you depend upon someone for your income, if your liberty or livelihood is at the whim of another. I hope that clears that up for you. Whether you own your own home has no bearing on your class as it once did. Maggie Thatcher tried to give people the illusion of being middle class by selling off the council house stock and giving working class people affordable housing to own. She just gave them a mortgage and then put them on the dole to have their homes taken away from them. Well done Maggie. We’re still picking up after you ya fucking cow.

So anyway, to summarise.  If you are a soldier, you are no longer working class Jim from Wishaw. You are an upholder of the British class system and deserve everything you get. We’ll pick you up again once they have finished with you and try and fix you. But I hear soldiers bragging about where they’ve been and sunbathing on beaches around the world. Don’t tell me you need me to support you more by supporting the Poppy Fascists. I’ll remember all our dead, combatant or not on November the 1st all souls day. I’ll remember our republican dead at Easter. I’ll remember all soldiers, including Brits, on a non-British day foisted upon us by PoppyScotland Fascists. I’ll remember them on May 5th when a man gave up his life for his fellow-man, no greater love has this, than to give up your life for your fellow-man.

Last November during the poppy silly season, a worker at Asda was made a scapegoat, harassed and even demanded that she be sacked by the mindless sheep that follow the Army recruitment campaign, that not only takes place in November, but all year round. I am glad to say that Asda did not succumb to the bully tactics employed by the faux outrage that the poppy gangsters display year in and year out.

Now all you reactionary fools have had your chance to vent your faux outrage at this non incident, perhaps Sarah Arrowsmith from Northamptonshire, Mike from Flint, Tony from Halifax, Sue from Bacup, Lancashire, Alec from York, Julie Seymour from long Buckby (to a lesser degree), Janine Barnes from Leigh, Jim from Glasgow, Paul from Ashton-under-Lyne, Tracy from County Durham, Ian Yarrow from Darlington, Julie Letten from Middlesbrough, Claire from Poole, and last but not least, the murderer, Warrant Officer Class 2 Mark Jones from Littleborough who so proudly served in the six counties, can apologise for jumping to premature conclusions. Maybe a handwritten letter to the employees in question apologizing for their disgusting comments. And maybe a letter of apology to the employee in question would not be out of order, even at this late stage.

Perhaps they will look at what they wrote and apply some of the comments to themselves. Lesson number 1096754839907 of living in Britain, don’t believe the shite you read in the Sun, or the Daily Mail for that matter and don’t act like sheep when you see people jump on the poppy bandwagon used cynically by this government to attract more fools to the slaughter in these neocolonialist wars of adventurism, these wars on democracy, these wars on innocent civilians, these wars to get our oil that somehow managed to get under the sands of foreign countries.

You’ve been named, hang you heads in shame. Well done ASDA for not bending to the will of reactionary idiots. I am now going to order my shopping online with you. I hope the customer in question has hay fever if she did indeed receive flowers. I should also hope that she be banned from ASDA. Let her live on poppies, Afghan ones at that.

I’m not surprised by the amount of people demanding the sacking of a worker in this country without any investigation or evidence of wrongdoing. I’m just disgusted. Fucking Idiots

When I heard that Celtic FC were going to don poppies for the Motherwell match at Celtic park last Saturday, I felt literally nauseous. I actually did feel like I was going to vomit. I would liken it the feeling in my stomach I get when I’ve been told a close friend or family member has died suddenly. I didn’t want to believe it. I hoped it was just a sick joke or that someone had got their wires crossed. Seemingly Poppy Scotland contacted the SPL and asked that all the clubs wear poppies for the remembrance weekend. Of course the SPL need no prompting to glorify imperialism and help in the army’s recruitment drive. And now of course, with our current warmongering misogynist chairman in place, it’s inevitable that Celtic would go along with this farce. I would have thought that someone upstairs at Celtic would have voiced concerns though. Maybe suggested sporting white poppies for example. But no, it was not to be. Everyone at Celtic Park it seems, are spineless or are out and out pro-imperialist. What happened to leaving your politics at the door Mr Reid???

So it was left to the few decent fans left, who go to Celtic Park, to voice their disapproval by walking out after 10 mins. They had leafleted around the stadium before the match so that people would know what it was about. Considering that we only had a week to get the protest organised, I think it went extremely well. Well done to the green brigade and tál fanzine, as well as those who joined the protest.

The News of the Screws reported the incident in their usual hysterical fashion and predictably missed the point by a mile.

By James Mulholland, 08/11/2008

HARDCORE Celtic fans were jeered by their fellow supporters yesterday — after refusing to honour the nation’s war dead.

Around 60 anti-poppy protesters walked out of Parkhead 10 minutes into the clash with Motherwell.

But their views weren’t shared by the majority of the Celtic support — who honoured our fallen heroes with a minute’s APPLAUSE before kick-off and BOOED the protesters as they filed out.

The departing fans were joined outside by around 140 others to stage a noisy demo, singing rebel songs and waving the Irish flag.

Their movements were closely monitored by watching Strathclyde Police officers.

The angry fans were demonstrating at the club’s decision to play with a poppy sewn onto their hooped shirts. They claim the red flower is a symbol of British Army brutality in Northern Ireland.

But last night ordinary fans branded those who took part in the 45-minute demo as ignorant — and pointed out that ex-players and fans fought bravely in both world wars.

Celtic follower John Ballantyne said it was “a privilege” to wear his poppy when he attended the game with wheelchair-bound family friend Alexander Tavendale, 15.

John, 49, of Blantyre, Lanarkshire, said: “For goodness sake, we’ve got former players who have won medals fighting for their country. My son is serving in the Army right now. I don’t see why there should be any protest.

“These people fight for our country. It is a privilege to wear the poppy.”

Fan websites urged supporters with Republican leanings to gather at the Cairde na h’Eireann — Gaelic for ‘Friends of Ireland’ — shop in the Gallowgate at 1pm.

Applaud

At the stadium, they handed leaflets to supporters explaining their reasons behind the walkout. It said: “In recent times many of our supporters in Ireland have suffered directly at the hands of the British Army, an army whose soldiers we are expected to applaud and commemorate today.

“This is an insult to our supporters in Ireland and to all of the many thousands with Irish heritage and ancestry that follow the club. Our protest is not aimed at individuals who wear the poppy, it is against the idea Celtic as an institution should be backing British imperialism in any way.”

Shortly before kick-off, the names of Celtic players who had died in the two wars were flashed up on giant screens.

But 10 minutes after the game started, around 60 fans were seen leaving the ground to attend the demo at Parkhead’s front door.

The fans accused Celtic chairman and ex-Defence Secretary John Reid of being a war criminal and called for him to be sacked for “betraying” the Celts’ Irish heritage.

And they belted out foul-mouthed versions of pro-IRA songs.

Protest organiser Stephen McAleese said: “We don’t mean any disrespect to those who have died in the two world wars — my grandfather was in the Army during World War II.

“But the SPL and Celtic PLC have politicised this issue by making the wearing of the poppy compulsory.

“When John Reid took office, he told us to leave our politics at the front door. He would do well to follow his own advice.”

Last night, after Celtic’s 2-0 win, ordinary fans condemned the demo.

Motherwell supporter Matthew Canning, 50, hit out: “I can’t believe people are protesting about the wearing of the poppy.”

A Royal British Legion spokeswoman said: “We asked for the support of all 12 SPL clubs and we are happy that they obliged. We have nothing to say about the boycott.”

A Celtic spokesman added: “The tribute inside the stadium was impeccably observed. The demonstration isn’t worthy of comment.”

See it’s not about the 1st or 2nd world wars. It’s not about dead soldiers. it’s about being part of the army’s arsenal of weaponry. It’s about being used to help recruit for the British Army. That’s what poppy day is all about now. As evidenced by the blanket advertising they have been showing on the telly. Not in my fucking name. If it was about dead soldiers then a minutes silence or the now fashionable applause would have sufficed and that would have been that. We could then have went to the game a wee bit late and missed it so as not to offend the news of the screws or those morons who booed us. I thought we had made it clear in the leaflets, if anyone had cared to read them before making up their tiny little minds about it.

PROTEST AGAINST BRITISH IMPERIALISM

WALK OUT OF STADIUM ON 10 MINUTE MARK

CONTINUE PROTEST – MEET AT WALFRID STATUE

The SPL has decided that all Scottish Premier League clubs should support the Poppy Scotland Appeal. Celtic PLC without proper reference even to its own board, supporters groups or employees has decided to comply with the SPL’s recommendation and has produced a special strip embroidered with a red poppy to be worn by all players in today’s match against Motherwell.

For Celtic to support such an enterprise is extremely insensitive to the huge fan base that the club has in Ireland. In recent times many of our supporters in Ireland have suffered directly at the hands of the British Army, an army whose soldiers we are expected to applaud and commemorate today.

This is an insult to our supporters in Ireland and to all of the many thousands with Irish heritage and ancestry that follow the club. How can the Celtic PLC board expect our supporters to lend support to an army that has plundered and murdered many of our own people?

Bloody Sunday, The Ballymurphy Massacre, the murders of Aiden McAnespie and Peter McBride – these are just a few of the atrocities committed by British troops in Ireland.

This is not about the fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers who were conscripted to fight in two world wars. This poppy day is about the British Army in the here and now – and is being given extra impetus this year because of the falling recruitment figures as a result of its involvement in unpopular conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Our protest is not aimed at individuals who wear the poppy, it is against the idea that Celtic as an institution should be backing British imperialism in any way shape or form.

We believe that the poppy appeal has long passed its original aims to commemorate the fallen conscripts of two world wars and has now become a focal point to rally support for the modern professional volunteer soldiers of the British Army and its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

An honourable compromise could have been reached if the club had opted to wear the White Poppy which symbolises peace and opposition to all wars, but it seems that other political agendas are now at work in our club.

The Celtic Chairman John Reid is fond of telling us to “leave your politics at the door” yet this former minister in the British war cabinet continues to bring his own British imperialist and unionist politics into our club. Dr Reid should follow his own advice.

It is a disgraceful turnaround in the history of our club that we should even consider endorsing a celebration of the British Army. Celtic was founded by Irishmen who opposed British military involvement in Ireland and whose lives were devoted to this club, the Irish community in Scotland and the struggle to free their homeland from British rule.

It’s time to reclaim our club from those who would prefer to wrap it in the Union Jack rather than the Irish Tricolour.

Printed & Published by Celts Against Imperialism
Supported by Cairde Na hEireann, TAL Fanzine, Green Brigade

I think that says it all really. So to those neanderthals who booed, hang your heads in shame.

Link to BBC Panorama

Should be interesting…

It was the right decision to postpone the old firm match today. Rangers players, as well as Celtic players, had a great respect and some had a close friendship with their fallen colleague. The scum on follow follow would have us believe that this was a cynical attempt to move the game so that Celtic have time to get their best players ready.

They’ve got short memories. Do they not remember the gretna game being moved to accomadate the huns’ pathetic attempt to qualify for the euro champions league? Do they not remember Ally McCoist refusing to play for Scotland when that daft posh bint diana got herself killed?

Hang yer heads in shame scum. Again.

This started on Monday 26th there. here and then here, here and here.

Much has been wrote about it but here is about the best and most authoritative account of what happened. It appeared on Guardian unlimited… (full text)

My dear friend and colleague, Gillian Gibbons, is the head of Key Stage One and teacher of Class 2X at Unity High School, Khartoum. Gillian joined the school in August, after a long and highly respected career as a teacher and local education authority Inspector in Liverpool, UK.

In late August, or early September of this year, Gillian came into possession of a teddy bear (a gift from a parent). An Early Years activity (designed to encourage, in particular, achievement in literacy skills) plays out around a class teddy. He does the rounds of the children, going home with them, just in case the child concerned writes a diary entry for the teddy about his visit to the child’s home. This was Gillian’s intention and it is in line with our whole school plan to raise literacy skills – a target especially pertinent as the overwhelming majority of our pupils are of English as Another Language (EAL) status.

In line with this, the first task was to give the teddy a name. Gillian wanted to call the bear “Faris” (in honour of my new son); now we all wish she had gone with this first idea – but, excellent teacher that she is, she chose instead to ask the children what they wanted to call the teddy.

The children voted and chose the name Muhammad. All but one of the children in her class are Muslims.

Gillian then wrote a letter to the parents of Class 2X explaining that the children had chosen the name Muhammad for their class teddy bear. Not one parent raised any objection. (my emphasise) Since late September, the teddy has been visiting many of the children of Class 2X’s homes. Three of the parents are teachers in the school.

We became aware of this issue a few weeks ago. We suggested to Gillian that it was inappropriate that the teddy bear was called Muhammad, as this might offend cultural sensibilities. The school issued a letter to parents to say that the teddy bear was tired of visiting so many homes and his friend (another stuffed toy called something entirely inoffensive) would be visiting instead. The Islamiyat department in our school was consulted and they suggested that this should resolve any potential problems.

However, on Sunday, the school was visited by officers of the Ministry of Education. Our school director, Robert Boulos, was interviewed at length by these officials. The government officers declared themselves unsatisfied with his responses.

The government men then asked to see and interview Gillian. Gillian gave exactly the same report of her actions. Again, the men from the ministry found this unacceptable and demanded that Gillian present herself at the police barracks.

On arrival at the police barracks, accompanied by the school principal, Gillian was interrogated for five hours. Gillian was then remanded to the cells.

Early yesterday morning I was informed that Gillian had been charged under the Sudanese penal code with blasphemously defaming the Prophet – an offence that is incredible serious here.

Having consulted with a number of religious Muslim people hereabouts, all are of the opinion that Gillian’s offence (if it may be described as such) was to inadvertently offend religious sensibilities by allowing the children to name the teddy bear with the same name as the Prophet. As this was not done maliciously, or with deliberate intent, they are puzzled about why Gillian has been detained.

All our parents, both Muslim and Coptic Christian, have stepped forward to offer their support; and the parents of Gillian’s class have gone on record to assert that they never had any objection to the name of the teddy bear. I reiterate, the vast majority of these parents are themselves Muslims…

I’ve been saddened by how people have failed to grasp that this lady done absolutely nothing wrong. She did not break any laws even in that islamofascist dominated country. Don’t take my word for it…

…But Adel Darwish, the political editor of The Middle East magazine, says that Muslim children – “like children everywhere” – give their pets the names of characters they liked, be it a religious figure, sports hero or pop singer.
“Millions of Muslim children in Muslim nations give their dolls, pets and teddies Muslim names of the Prophet and his mother, daughters and wives.”

So it is quite clear that allowing the kids to name the teddy Mohammed did not contravene any laws or customs in Sudan or any other country. So why all the fuss? Well people can be arseholes and some get a hard on for this kind of stuff. Muslim fundamentalists, like any other religious fundamentalists, love the chance to whip up a storm and they love more than the deity they supposedly worship, to be offended. They love playing the victim whilst wanking themselves into a frenzy about there own righteousness and overseeing the punishment of lesser mortals.

Cunts the lot of them and those on the left here on these islands who give credence to their bollox need their head looking at. They have tied themselves in knots worrying about offending the sensibilities of people who would rather believe in fairy tales than facing up to the realities of life. Anyone who does not condemn, unconditionally and outright, the actions of religious dogmatic fascists and instead, appease them, are complicit in the crimes against humanity that are perpetrated by these sadists.

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