What makes an institution? The dictionary definition reads thus;
“An organization, establishment, foundation, society, or the like, devoted to the promotion of a particular cause or program, especially one of a public, educational, or charitable character.”
The institution is always as a fabric of society, no mater where it’s abode is.
The Israeli “institution” is there and its followers believe it is right in what it’s doing. A righteous claim to “their” land. The story is familiar.
The free world, including Barack Obama, believes in the right of Israeli to defends its “borders”.
That makes it okay, right?
The first black President of the United States of America believes that the bombing and killing of innocent Palestine women and children is justified. I really wonder why I supported his re-election as opposed by Mitt Romney.
I thought he was the good guy, didn’t you?
This draws me to the recent judgement on the FTT by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs; you know, the good guys. Those who look after OUR pennies.
Those who catch the “working poor”, mothers and fathers, who cheat the system and jail them, all because they screwed the system out of a few bob. Good on them eh? How dare people like this avoid tax, and cheat their way to better lives.
Yesterday’s verdict legitimised football clubs who excel in the same exercise.
Rangers Old co had their day in court, and have won a hollow victory – one that has seen their stunt double do backflips, although they are still playing in Scotland’s fourth tier of Football. Would Mr. Obama court such sportsmanship? Do you see the face painter who was duly owed £40 somersaulting at the news? Will he be painting a Union Jack on his face and then performing a double-back front-facing pike knowing he’s getting the square root of hee-haw?
It really is a dilemma. Let’s show proportionate sorrow for the injured party eh? And who is the injured party here? The once dominant force in our game? Or the mother of three working 20 hours a week?
The verdict proved nothing other than that the payments were loans. I got a loan from my work last year. £500 payable over 10 months. It showed on my payslip – as a payment, an agreement from employers. A benefit? I could have went to the Provident, but that would have cost more. I didn’t pay interest, but it was clearly shown as an employee benefit on the slip. Yep, a loan. And it was a necessity to declare it.
Did the EBTs, which were ruled to have been ‘legal’, show up as payments on Rangers’ players payslips? Did it form part of Clause 28 of their SPL/SFA contract? Undoubtedly not. Having spent almost six years of my life administering such contracts, I can categorically state that they weren’t. Any side payments would have been kicked out and been asked to be re-written and justified. Did I catch sight of the side letters? Nope. But that’s the point, isn’t it? They were never declared to the SFA, or the SPL.
These guys were slightly less vigilant than a blind night watchman. Can you tell me that both bodies missed at least 35 agreements? Hector didn’t.
I knew the rules when I was there, and whilst I don’t envy the legal team who will sit on the SPL Commission when it takes its decision theirs is a simple task, and they don’t need to be at the level of Obama’s legal team to see it.
Do they believe these “loans” needed to be declared or not? They are supposed to be members of an institution we trust, yes? It will take balls of steel to rule against that other Scottish institution, but it can be done. There’s plenty of evidence to support such a position. They need to stand up and be counted.
This is the final act of Sporting Integrity, and unless these people are putting a quiet life before their responsibilities, at least one out of control institution will, in due course, have to answer for what it has done.
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