What a ghastly day that was yesterday for our media. This blog wrote about the banner at Ibrox and hardly a single outlet did the same. With the exception of The Sun, who did highlight it, there was very little coverage of it at all. Which is to say none that I could see.
I’m a Glaswegian and proud of it. I am a proud Scot.
But there are times when I feel a deep, deep sense of shame about the place I’m from. There are people here who despise me and the community I’m from, and for a lot of people here that’s perfectly alright with them. Even those who don’t have a side to take sneer at us because in their eyes this is all part of the “Old Firm” and we’re just as bad.
Shame on those people for their ignorance.
Their ignorance is preferable, though, to the cowardice of others. It is preferable to the gutless chattering classes who won’t speak up. It is vastly more preferable than our media which pretends it isn’t happening, or worse, which write utter nonsense about great “the atmosphere” inside Ibrox is on nights when the whole stadium is up to its knees in fenian blood.
This country ought to be outraged that their fans believed they could get away with that banner the other night.
Because that banner was an utter obscenity.
But of course, if they didn’t think that they could get away with it they would never have done it.
That’s one of the reasons they did it, for the same reason they think they can take over George Square next weekend if they get a result against us. Because other than us, nobody else seems to care.
The people who put that disgusting banner up should be ostracised for it, and banished to the fringes. But their club tolerates them, the press ignores them, the police indulge them and the rest of society does not seem to care.
Not only was that a naked, open, sectarian threat to Irish and Catholics here in Scotland, along with the implied threats of their George Square announcement about how this city belongs to them, but that banner heaped disgrace upon this country and even if the country does not care about us it should care about that, about its own reputation.
That’s an image of our nation which was beamed across Europe, those words “Surrender or you’ll die” a message to every immigrant community here and abroad, the celebration of a thug, an image that neither their club not Scotland itself should easily shake off.
Nobody cares. The media silence was deafening.
The political class doesn’t bat an eyelid.
One of our football clubs has supporters who did that, on the stage of the Champions League, and that should bother more people than just a handful of Celtic sites.
They did it because they could.
Because nobody will stand up to these Peepul and tell them there’s a line of decency and acceptability and they crossed it.
Yeah this is one of those days when I feel a deep sense of shame at my country, because it will not stand up for me.
More than that, perhaps worse than that, it won’t even stand up for itself.