The Day Of The Underdog

As a Celtic fan it is very rarely we can call ourselves “the underdog” apart from the majority of European nights these days, so why does it continuously feel like every battle is an uphill one ?
And now hopefully, I have your attention we can leave the footballing world, well not quite.
Rarely do I blog however, on the occasions I have they have mainly concerned the link between being a football supporter in this modern age and politics. Never more so since the SNP introduced the latest piece of legislation, a crossover was always going to happen.
Many will remember the FAC campaign, and will probably look back and think they tried and failed however, behind the scenes this organisation has never been more active believe it or not. The SNP have given our Police force a free reign (as many predicted) to now attack any fabric of Irishness which runs throughout this great wee country even to the extent that doors are now being kicked in at 6am on a Friday for being caught on film singing Roll of Honour.
The Irish diaspora are being attacked, again, and few will speak out as they know they will be patted down and heaven knows may even get to meet Hazel the sniffer dug.
The legislation was steamrolled through despite many worried voices exclaiming the Police would expand the powers they already have to harass and arrest for little or no reason. So far 4 cases have gone to court from arrests inside  section 111 of Celtic Park and how many have the Prosecution won ? None. Evidence either proven to be non-existent or agreed in court of being of such poor quality that no crime could be seen or heard being committed. The review period of the legislation will be during the 2012/2013 season so there will no doubt be even more “test” cases, for that is what they are.
1 man has decided to take the fight further, in fact he is attempting to take it all the way to Parliament.
Thomas Rannachan is standing as an Independent candidate for Ward 9 at the local elections on May the 3rd. Please take a look on his website, especially worth reading is his blog “SNP and the prize of Glasgow”
http://thomasrannachan.tumblr.com/
Ward 9 covers the Calton area and there are 3 seats up for grabs. Lets not beat about the bush here, Thomas is an Independent campaigner amongst the big hitters of SNP and Labour in this ward, he has no chance right ?
Wrong.
For any residents in Ward 9 who maybe feel politics is a lost cause, run by crooks or people who don’t really care, here is someone who has put his time and effort into standing up to the big guns, not for personal gain but to highlight the hypocrisy of a Government determined to stamp its authority all over our social life.
As is with the case of most Independent candidates Thomas is running for election on an issue he feels deeply about and has been willing to put his all into this, including his own finances. If anyone who is reading this is eligible to vote in Ward 9 (I’m praying someone reads this) then give the guy some consideration when putting your numbers in the boxes. If you feel that the SNP walked all over people when introducing the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act then tell them that…….at the ballot box on May the 3rd.
It’s easy to bump our gums over issues but unless you stand up and say NO this is wrong, people’s lives are potentially being ruined here just so that King Alex can claim he has done something (look at the figures Alex 4-0) then why let them away with it ???
I am not Thomas Rannachan but I am most certainly someone who goes to football and stands for 90 minutes being filmed, even though I have committed no crime.
I am not Thomas Rannachan however, I am someone who goes to the football and is continuously asked to give my details over to the Police although I have neither committed nor witnessed a crime.
I am not Thomas Rannachan however, as someone who feels the SNP have abused their power, brought in legislation that looks to attack anyone not conforming to Alex’s views on how Scotland needs to be seen, and determined to attempt to give the Police the power to ruin someones day / weekend/ life with no credible evidence then I sure as hell wish I was Thomas Rannachan.
The underdog  will have his day irrespective of vote counts however, only votes will decide if he will bite where its required.
Crutches
 
 
 
 
 
 

Comments

  1. Aye, yer right. I’ve already decided to vote for an independant candidate in my Ayrshire ward. SNP no more for me.
    Also, the independant guy taught my old school, St Anns in Mossblown, so he can’t be be bad.
    Time to tell King/President (delete as appropriate) Alex what we think of him and his sectarian policies.
    Hail Hail, KTF.

  2. Aye, yer right. I’ve already decided to vote for an independant candidate in my Ayrshire ward. SNP no more for me.
    Also, the independant guy taught my old school, St Anns in Mossblown, so he can’t be be bad.
    Time to tell King/President (delete as appropriate) Alex what we think of him and his sectarian policies.
    Hail Hail, KTF.

  3. I agree that the recent legislation is wrong and it is correct when you say that it gives legitimacy to what the police have been doing for decades.
    I will though vote for the SNP as it is the only party that will deliver what I want, a free and independent Scotland, My family fought for the same in Ireland and I do not think Scotland deserves anything less.
    I will not let myself be swayed by a one policy argument wrong though it might be and sacrifice what I think is right in the long run for this country.
    Remember this….if the SNP deliver an independent Scotland there would be an election almost immediately and a government would be elected that would quite possibly be that of another party or parties. Then we could look at reversing bad policy.
    I am socialist by nature and a republican at heart so I see the SNP as a vehicle to get what I desire for this great wee country. I am most certainly not a unionist.
    The alternative is a future tied to the butchers apron.

  4. I agree that the recent legislation is wrong and it is correct when you say that it gives legitimacy to what the police have been doing for decades.
    I will though vote for the SNP as it is the only party that will deliver what I want, a free and independent Scotland, My family fought for the same in Ireland and I do not think Scotland deserves anything less.
    I will not let myself be swayed by a one policy argument wrong though it might be and sacrifice what I think is right in the long run for this country.
    Remember this….if the SNP deliver an independent Scotland there would be an election almost immediately and a government would be elected that would quite possibly be that of another party or parties. Then we could look at reversing bad policy.
    I am socialist by nature and a republican at heart so I see the SNP as a vehicle to get what I desire for this great wee country. I am most certainly not a unionist.
    The alternative is a future tied to the butchers apron.

  5. Appreciate your comments John but this is only a local election. These are times more to register your disgust or anger in my opinion on smaller but still important matters, and yes make a point.
    The bigger picture comes later.

  6. Appreciate your comments John but this is only a local election. These are times more to register your disgust or anger in my opinion on smaller but still important matters, and yes make a point.
    The bigger picture comes later.

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