Accountability via Transparency.

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Where transparency exists accountability inevitably follows.​


This is an extract from a post on SFM from 2015. The subject was Transparency and Slow Glass.

The message then was that football governance has to catch up in realising that football has to become more transparent in its dealing with supporters and so more accountable to them.
That transparency is already here via social media because of the ability to share, but the light of truth is constrained by Slow Glass.
Slow Glass from a short story by Bob Shaw slows down the light passing through it.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_of_Other_Days
In the story and others, you have Slow Glass of different thickness in terms of the time it takes for the light to emerge.
You have Glass a day thick/long to Glass ten years thick/long and more.

Resolution 12, if measured from the Celtic AGM in 2013 when it was tabled and adjourned, has taken 6 years for the light of truth to emerge, although it could have happened sooner had main stream media removed the dust of PR that slows the light, but light is inexorable and it is emerging at an archive of events since 2011 that can be read at

https://www.res12.uk/ 

It is in two parts.

Part One
relates to events in 2011/12 including a very interesting link between UEFA Licence 2011 and the commissioning of Lord Nimmo Smith to investigate use of EBTs with side letters by Rangers FC where non-disclosure benefited Rangers FC in 2011 AND 2012.


Part Two
concentrates SFA activity (or lack of it) from 2014 to date as result of the adjournment of Resolution 12 in November 2013 that provided shareholders with the authority to seek answers.
The archive has been constructed in chronological sequence to help readers understand better the detail and separate what took place in 2011/12 which is in the past, from the SFA handling of shareholders legitimate enquiries from 2014/15 to date, which remains current and is a mirror of SFA performance in respect of the national football team.
Many narratives will emerge as a result of the transparency, some Celtic related, but a system of governance, that is accountable in some way to supporters as stakeholders in the game, can only benefit the supporters of all clubs and they are encouraged to read through the archive.

As Phil Mac Giolla Bhain has written here in respect of Celtic and the SFA


https://philmacgiollabhain.ie/2019/04/03/resolution-12-information-on-new-website/


accountability has to be the outcome of transparency to wipe the face and soul of Scottish football clean.

How that is achieved will be up to Scottish football supporters everywhere to take forward via their Associations and Trusts, in collaboration with the clubs they support, but it does seem to me, and I know others with more legal experience, that the SFA would find it difficult to resist a challenge to their refusal to engage with people (in this case minority shareholders of member clubs) who are affected by decisions that they make.

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  1. Shirley, Gerrard's advisers are frantically searching for a new club down south?

    He's had an OK rookie season – and his stock could be as high as it can ever get with TRFC.

     

    He is limited to Bosmans and loanees to improve his squad, and deliver silverware.  Even a highly experienced manager might struggle to satisfy Ibrox expectations with such meagre resources.

     

    CFC is spending £3M+ on a teenager with a lot of potential, (…has he actually signed yet?).

    TRFC simply can't compete with that level of investment.

     

    If Gerrard doesn't get his team to overachieve next season, he will be unceremoniously booted out of Ibrox.

    I'm guessing his contract would have a break clause after his first season?

    Now might be his best/only opportunity to jump on the managerial merry-go-round down south?


  2. Well written last post there, John Clark, and your concluding paragraph is spot on. Can it really be that all these people in high-ranking professional positions (be it DCIs, members of the legal profession etc) are fans too and simply caught up in the 'some bad people did bad things to Rangers' mantra? Without that initial state of mind, it seems unbelievable that they might have acted in the way they did.


  3. StevieBC 23rd June 2019 at 15:35

    "…..He is limited to Bosmans and loanees to improve his squad, and deliver silverware. ..'

    +++++++++++++++

    I wonder does he know and appreciate how financially strapped TRFC Ltd is? Does he know even as much as we on SFM know about the finances, thanks to the efforts of several posters who know about balance sheets?

    Would any one of us apply for a job at Ibrox,  in the knowledge that TRFC  is living from hand to mouth, and faces having to meet some serious damages claims, which might well swallow up such UEFA money that they might receive this coming season?

     

     


  4. The IOC have recently opened a new HQ in Switzerland at a reported cost of £120 million. It’s very nice and environmentally friendly. I would not be surprised if FIFA get a bit jealous and also build a shiny new symbol of wealth and power sponsored of course by whoever wants the World Cup Finals the most. 


  5. Ex Ludo 24th June 2019 at 09:24

    '….I would not be surprised if FIFA get a bit jealous and also build a shiny new symbol of wealth '…

    +++++++++++

    Your post prompted me to have a look ( not that I'm anything other than almost completely financially ignorant!) at FIFA's Annual report for 2018 at this link

    https://resources.fifa.com/image/upload/fifa-financial-report-2018.pdf?cloudid=xzshsoe2ayttyquuxhq0

    They could quite easily afford to blow a couple of hundred million quid on a vanity building project!

    ( I suppose, incidentally, that all the senior bods are covered by some form of directors' indemnity insurance?)

     


  6. Ex Ludo,

    yes, more obscene flaunting of an organisation's wealth – for the benefit of the blazers at the very top of their particular tree / trough.

    And this seems to reflect the increasing likelihood that the only sports on the planet which can be regarded as honest are those played at true, amateur level

    …without the malignant influence of money and business to distort the basic principles of participation.

    wink


  7. Ex Ludo 24th June 2019 at 12:29

    What would be the acceptable answer ?

    Same club = gullible = threat to National security ?


  8. paddy malarkey 24th June 2019 at 12:50

     

    I think you'll find it would be different club = not one of "ra peepul" = threat to national security.


  9. IIRC the case between Orlit Enterprises and TRFC Ltd. was scheduled for the Sheriff Court the week before last over the disputed £200k "finders fee".

    Anyone know if it in fact took place?

     

    Seems to have dragged on since 2013!


  10. Replying to Bordersdon and Paddymalarkey from earlier today. I didn’t see the McKenna article at the weekend however it appeared on my Twitter feed and I note that the estimable Fr. Stone has retweeted it. Assuming it’s not a clever spoof account then it’s pretty worrying that if you believe that the liquidation of Rangers 1872 didn’t happen then you’re one of us. 

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