Posted on Wednesday, 15th February 2012 by lordofthewing
I’m not one for admiring Vladimir Romanov but yesterday when around 2pm HE PAID an outstanding Tax Bill to save Heart Of Midlothian FC being liquidated was a moment I saw him in a new light.
In a day which saw plenty of belly laughs (THE BIG HOOSE) this act was at the top of the list. What a cad Romanov is. It was comic timing – up there with Cooper – to pay Tax on the day (even at the precise moment) that HMRC proved they had a bigger gun than future Celtic legend Craig Whyte by forcing them into administration 5 days before they wanted too.
Vlad proved that he is sitting in his bunker laughing like the rest of us. Mowgli is having his loin cloth removed and Vlad is enjoying the view. The dirty sod.
Romanov and David Murray are birds of a feather. While most people go to Primark for vanity cases they both bought football clubs.
The whole Rangers in administration thing is being reported with a hint of agenda and a sprinkling of lies. The question that seems to being asked is: “What will happen to Scottish Football now Rangers can’t overspend?” and not: “What punishment befits Rangers for almost 22 years of overspending, having an insidious (almost bordering on incest) relationship with a bank that supplied them with a limitless credit facility – NOW Tax payer owned – and gross Tax evasion which the previous two owners have indulged in?”
Instead they are being asked for our sympathy. It’s like being asked to feel sorry for a lion tamer that has been eaten by a wild lion while trying to steal its cub.
We are finding previous board members not being laughed at and asked if they are smoking Indian bovine dung when they suggest that previous owners should pay the tax bill and the club shouldnae be held liable THOUGH they (THE CLUB) gained the benefits of not paying the Tax in the first place!
We are also being held accountable! Aye, us. The prudes from the East. No mention of the balance sheet that we recently produced (reduced debt, small profit, paid tax) and that we are actually in profit from our transfer dealings in the last 5 seasons (while Rangers have a £15m deficit during a period we were told that they were financially hamstrung).
Yes, we splurged the cash when Saint Martin arrived. We handed him a five year budget up top, had a wage bill that resembled the national debt of a small third world country but we trimmed and reduced as the years went by.
Off course we had the: “Where’s the Seville money?” cries (paying off getting to Seville turned out to be the answer) and the usual: “We are showing no ambition!” moans but events of this week has seen history being kind to this strategy and wave of support that Fergus McCann be honoured.
One of the most annoying things is that us – the Celtic support – are being portrayed as rabid tribal troglodytes who want to see our enemy dead and for us to get a chance to dance on their grave safe in the knowledge that they will never return.
We are only digging their grave at the moment. The corpse isn’t quite ready to be suited and boxed yet. It will. Soon. But…….do we REALLY think that R*ngers Football Club will die? Naw, what we hope is that R*ngers Football Club formed 1873, buggered into bigotry for money by John Ure Primrose and a constant sectarian shame both on these shores and abroad will be boxed and buried.
There will be a R*ngers afterwards. We are all not stupid enough to think that they will cease to exist. But they will be freshly packaged, without baggage and without history. THAT IS THE OUTCOME WE WANT. THAT IS OUR UPTOPIA.
Administration seems a cop out when you see it in black and white for what they have done. The10 points deduction still sees them safely in second place and their friendly administrator won’t let their best players (and Kyle Halfwittery) go as they are assets. Faceless youth team players, kitchen hands, janitors and others who struggle to pay the mortgage will pay for the greed of others.
That is wrong.
R*ngers have spent from 1997 £160m more than they have earned. They have deliberately avoided paying tax this season to the tune of £9m and since 2001 an estimated £35m due to the use of EBT’s. Murray invested £50m in 2004 when the share issue bombed and £25m a few years previously. This was all borrowed from HBOS via MIH. Borrowed from the tax payer in other words.
Over £200m to win a few tinpots. The scale of it is staggering. It’s grand theft financial doping. Or in other words cheating.
The self styled President of the best wee country in the world has waded into the affair stating that the best thing is if an agreement is reached for R*ngers to repay the Tax debt sensibly (sic) and for them to continue as a football club as, basically, we need them.
The headmaster is allowing the school bully to continue with his campaign of terror as his father is chairman of the school board.
Idiots will believe this if it is told often enough and it is beginning to (see the scare mongering regarding the future Tv deal).
We ALL know that our CEO was probably being economical with the truth when he said we wouldnae be effected if they went to the wall or disappeared for a few seasons. We would have to downsize further but we have the infrastructure in place. Would it be such a chore to go and watch a team of mostly homegrown players reared (or cloned) at Boaby Lennoxtoon?
I also remember us having a crap Tv deal when the Beeb had the rights in the early noughties. Let me think. Aye, R*ngers were part of that deal.
What we need to get across to EVERYONE we speak to on-line or – shock horror! – in person is that they cheated not just us, not just every SPL club (present and relegated) but the single mother, the nurses, the forces, the education system, health care, the highway agency, the binmen and anyone else who pays taxes or relies on public funds.
They cheated everyone.
This should not be sympathised. It needs to be punished. We are looking for them to be treated like any other club. Something that might not sit well with authority. There is a swell of support from other clubs for this to happen. The turkeys are going to vote for Christmas if they listen to the fans.
We are not just wanting to dance on the grave we want to ensure that our gemme is seen as transparent and fair. We want a beautiful future and that means cheating must be punished. Hey, we will take a hit but in the long term it will be worth it.
So, tomorrow, the next day, next week and next month when discussing the only story in town make sure that we mention cheating, make sure that you the figures that they have stolen from the public purse to feed a superiority complex that came with large fries and an endless refill.
Cheating must be kept on the agenda and not swept underneath the carpet.
I just mentioned the figures to a Falkirk fan. I told him that they were cheated out of the 2009 cup final and probably their SPL place due to clubs overspending because they were polluting the pond.
He said: “Does that mean we get the cup added to our honours?”
“If you want” I replied.
“I hope their sat navs can find Annan….!” He laughed.
It’s game on.