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Who Is Conning Whom?
As you know when you debate regularly with someone over a lengthy period of time their writing style  and content become easily recognisable.I can safely say the writing style and content in quite a number of JJ’s blogs bears no comparison to the one i debated with for years on RFC Share Chat and RSL.
I too used to follow the share chat on LSE (i posted for a while, but got kicked off pdq), and enjoyed the amazingly prolific posts of sitonfence, now posting as Johnjames on his own blog. A few months ago I read something on the JJ blog that seemed at odds with my memories of his posts on LSE. So I had a look at the LSE archive.
His contribution to the chat on LSE is still accessible (google sitonfence lse), but beware, there’s an awful lot of it. 144 pages, in fact, and that’s just his posts. Anyway, he makes it very clear that he is a RIFC shareholder, and long term Ibrox season ticket holder. His views on old club/new club, certainly in his early posts, represent a marked contrast to his current offerings.
I disagree that his writing style has changed. He is always literate, grammatical, and writes a well structured prose that is a pleasure to read. In my view what has changed is the content. Just my opinion, of course, but I think it has been the same author throughout, and I do think that someone has been paying him for his prodigious output from day one. Why do it otherwise?

The Vice Closes
It seems that Broadfoot’s amateur hour PR ploy of leaking a 5 year old confidential letter from Celtic to the SFA has spectacularly backfired. Now it’s all out in the open- and having first broken confidence themselves, the SFA cannot complain about that.
Celtic’s 5 year restraint, in keeping their dealings with the SFA confidential, cost them a lot, not just my season ticket money, but  doubtless the money of a few others besides, plus, and more importantly, the erosion by many others of their faith in the club they have loved all their lives.
Now Regan is staring at the abyss. As I posted yesterday, even the leaking of Celtic’s 2012 letter would, in itself, finish him in any normal association. Can he now do anything other than resign? He faces pressure from the SPFL for an enquiry. He faces a Judicial Review which could extend to all shenanigans going back 10 years and more.
Even his own Compliance Officer, who I assume is a solicitor with something to lose professionally, will shortly be opening a few rusty old filing cabinets in Ogilvie’s old room. I was going to say look under the carpet, but that really is a stretch for an internal enquiry.
On a personal level, I can now resume my relationship with CFC, happy in the knowledge that my club were not ignoring the corruption, but challenging it in a professional manner. That feels very good indeed, believe me.

The Vice Closes
If it is correct that Celtic’s 5 year old letter to the SFA was leaked to The Times by the SFA’s former employee and current PR guru, Mr Broadfoot, presumably as the opening shot in a “divide and rule” campaign, then the SFA have some serious questions to answer.
Is that how a competent governing body treats one of its members? A leak of private correspondence? Really? Celtic should kick up such a stooshie about this leak that the instigator (and you can be sure that Broadfoot is only carrying out instructions) is identified and booted out of Scottish football.
There are clearly individuals within the SFA who think that they can act as they like with total impunity. They have learned nothing from the Farry episode. It’s time they were taught a lesson once and for all.  

Time for Scots Government to Take Bull by the Horns
DarkbeforedawnJuly 9, 2017 at 15:55  
The Rangers Tax Case was seen as a test study into EBTs in football, and many media outlets think this is the tip of the iceberg, particularly in England. Surely the SFA should consult with their cross border counterparts on what actions may be taken? Arsenal have already settled an EBT case for their title winning year, so if we are applying the logic Rangers should have titles stripped because they were using illegal means of paying their players, surely Arsenals league titled should be taken away? And what if a number of other big fish in England are found guilty?
All English clubs involved either already have, or very soon will, reach settlements with HMRC. Nobody is going to court, because they aren’t stupid enough or arrogant enough to assume that they can win in the face of the facts, just because of who they are.
It was open to Rangers to correct matters by being open and honest with HMRC, and paying up, but firstly they didn’t see why they should, and secondly, they had no way of paying.
The fact that Rangers evaded more tax than they could subsequently repay just highlights the industrial scale of what went on at that club.
If the English clubs involved  took it a step further, as Rangers did, and concealed EBT payments from the FA, or had undisclosed side letters as part of players’ contracts, then of course the FA should take action.
The footballing offence is not tax evasion as such, but false reporting to the SFA of payments to players, and failure to lodge correct player contract details with the SFA.
What the SC judgement blows away totally is the “no sporting advantage” reasoning of LNS. Other clubs could not save on PAYE by using the EBT payment method. That is now an established fact.  
I’m pretty sure that industrial scale tax evasion could, in fact probably should, also lead to footballing charges along the lines of “bringing the game into disrepute”, but it will be snowing hard in hell the day that the SFA take that line with any club playing out of Ibrox.

Time for Scots Government to Take Bull by the Horns
HMRC will only divulge information about a taxpayer to a third party with that taxpayer’s express authority. There are no “gateways” which would allow HMRC to provide confidential information directly to the likes of the SFA.

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