Comment on Accountability via Transparency. by easyJambo.

    Common sense at last.

    Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic‏ @BonnyriggRose

    CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT – Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic granted SFA membership:



    DundonaldBluebelljfc‏ @dbjfc1938 

    We are delighted to announce after notification this morning, with immediate effect we are full members of the Scottish Football Association. This is testament to the hard working people at this club and the local community who have contributed to make this possible. Thank you


    Hopefully, confirmation of Bonnyrigg's promotion to the Lowland League will follow shortly.

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    Accountability via Transparency.
    Confirmation that Andrew Dallas is to step down as a FIFA ref.


    He cites personal/work reasons, although others have suggested it was because he was going to be demoted in any event.

    Accountability via Transparency.
    Not a huge amount to report on the Grier v Police Scotland case at the CoS this morning.

    Both parties and Lord Bannatyne were content to have the case heard at the CoS. It was previously being heard at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

    There appeared to be some confusion about how the parties wished to proceed, to a procedural hearing, then a summary decree motion, debate or a proof before answer. We didn't get a decision other than a procedural hearing will be scheduled on 12 July, for which both parties were asked to provide notes on the issues they wished to pursue in advance.

    What did come out was that DCI Robertson (remember him) has apparently, as recently as February this year, admitted that errors were made in bringing the fraud / conspiracy case forward against Grier. For their part, Grier's team is still waiting for disclosure of documents requested many months ago.

    As I suggested in a post a week or so ago, Grier, Whitehouse and Clark are all seeking to show malice and lack of probable cause when they were arrested, detained and charged. Reading between the lines it appears that Robertson has acknowledged in the last few months that didn't have an evidential basis for the arrests. I don't know how Police Scotland will seek to defend those "errors" other than they were made in good faith and not malice. The alternative would be to seek immunity from prosecution on the basis that they were acting on the instruction of the Lord Advocate. 

    Police Scotand's QC seemed somewhat put out by something that Grier's team had submitted to the Court about the former Lord Advocate, Frank (now Lord) Mulholland, describing a misrepresentation of Police Scotland's position as "outrageous".

    I'm sure that JC will be along later with his verbatim account of proceedings.


    Accountability via Transparency.
    Yes  …. I mean no …… well maybe yes

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    BREAKING NEWS: Celtic are set to sign David Turnbull despite it looking like the deal had fallen through earlier this week. The midfielder had visited Norwich in the last few days but is expected to sign for the Scottish Champions tomorrow.

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    ” There were even some politicians, including the most senior Scottish one at the time, who thought HMRC should write off all the money Rangers stole from them.”


    Anyway, since Mr Salmond is in the news, and some younger readers may wonder his part in the ibrox saga. Here is a small reminder.


    We should all be careful not to misquote or misrepresent what people actually say, as we all know that they can end up as urban myths.

    Like him or loathe him, and I've no desire to defend Salmond, but I don't ever recall him suggesting that HMRC should write off the money owing to them.

    From the quotes in the linked article. 

    "We’ve certainly been arguing to HMRC on one hand, and indeed to Rangers, to for goodness sake get a settlement, get a settlement and a structure over time whereby Rangers can continue because Rangers must continue for the future of Scottish football and for the fabric of the country."

    The same article also quotes from a Celtic statement expressing their disappointment about the suggestion that Celtic needs Rangers. I wonder if the writer concurs with the current Celtic response to the Res 12 motion as not being "in the best interests of the Company".


    The other non-quote that has become an urban myth is Sandy Bryson's "imperfectly registered". There is no record of him actually using the term, unless someone knows differently.    

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    One of the usual barriers to change in Scottish football is to step down. Stewart Milne is expected to sell shares to US based Dave Cormack, the vice chairman, resulting a change of control at the club.

    I don't know if this will herald a change in approach though.

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    A document lodged with Companies House today notifies us that the Accounting Period for LBJ Sports Apparel Ltd (trades as Elite Group) has been extended from 21 November 2019 to 31 March 2020.

    You could speculate whether or not this relates to the ongoing SDI v TRFC court action, either to simplify or complicate the accounting for their profits, which may be referenced when assessing any damages levied. 

    Celtic’s Questions to Answer
    Nothing to report from the CoS this morning. JC and I were there, but the hearing hadn't been allocated to any judge as yet. With no indication as to when the hearing would start and in the absence of the usual legals and others, we decided that it wasn't worth hanging around.

    Anyway, there was much more interest in what was going on across the road at the High Court with a media scrum awaiting some former political figure emerging from court.

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    Another CoS hearing tomorrow in the David Whitehouse v The Lord Advocate case.



    1 hour – A413/16 David Whitehouse &c v James Wolffe – A & W M Urquhart – SGLD