By now, I assume everyone has heard the story of The Cross Keys bar in Wishaw and the avalanche of bile they are getting over their flying of the Japanese flag.
The council has been inundated with complaints. The press has written false stories claiming the license owner has told them to take it down. The most repulsive of the Peepul continue to put on the pressure, which now manifests itself in some of them threatening to take it down personally. And through it all, the bar stands firm and the flag still flies.
The racism behind this, and the anti-Celtic hatred, is not even thinly disguised; it’s worn right there out in the open.
Even the pathetic justification for the “anger” is brazenly bigoted.
Apparently that flag is an “insult” to those who fought in the Second World War.
Now, let me be clear; when they make this claim it’s not as spurious as it seems to be on the surface, where it seems about as ersatz as powdered egg. I have no doubt that some of them do genuinely lose their minds over that flag, but to them you’d need to ask why the Italian flag doesn’t offend them, and it flies from restaurants all over the country.
Equally, I am sure there were German flags flying outside their own stinking boozers when Albertz was scoring goals and that didn’t seem to annoy them either.
They might not realise it – they are thick so I assume they don’t – that it’s this failure to get so upset over Italian flags or German flags which is the root of my contention that their behaviour here stinks of racism.
The reason is that those are predominantly white, European countries and a certain subsect on this island has always been more ready to forgive them than the one Asian nation to take part on the Axis side of that war.
I can, of course, think of one imperial flag, and a European one at that, which is even more steeped in blood than the Japanese one will ever be; Bloody Sunday was only a few weeks ago, after all, so it’s kind of hard to get the idea out of my head.
This country could give the world lessons in imperialism; we were amongst its outriders and first offenders, after all. It’s not for nothing that citizens all over the globe refer to the British flag as “the butchers apron.”
Aside from that, there’s also the pungent stench of militarism and the glorification of war itself in this perverse holding onto a grudge almost 80 years after the war ended.
Japan, since then, has become one of the most peaceable nations on Earth; they learned lessons from the war in the way the French and Germans did, namely that war itself was a grotesquery which should never be repeated.
Too many here haven’t grasped that, and especially not at the Ibrox club which alone of every one in Britain is probably praying for a major flare-up in the Ukraine (don’t even get me started on that subject) so that they can swing into action “behind the troops.”
It is as ghastly and sickening as their other dark obsession.
It all stinks to high heaven, even if you buy this excuse in the first place.
Because although there’s a core of truth in it there’s a bigger truth of course, which is that it’s a convenient cover for another version of their hatred, which is the hatred of us.
It makes them sick to see these players come over here and so utterly dominate … and what that flag is to them is a sign of where this club is, and how its global footprint is making us attractive to people everywhere.
I’m sure the story of The Cross Keys going viral – which it has lately – makes the Japanese people wonder if everyone here is playing with a full deck … but once again, that doesn’t reflect on our community but on theirs.
And their community is increasingly batshit, right-wing, viciously bigoted and blind to the tremendous damage that is inflicted upon it by its own rabid behaviour.
The guys from the Cross Keys should have the full backing of everyone who sees Scotland for the multi-cultural nation that it is.
It is the goons who are banging their drum about a flag who are the aberration and this whole affair only demonstrates how desperately Scotland needs to move completely away from their toxic mind-set.
Keep on flying the flag boys, for the good people out there.