Thank you- all of you!


If last night was presented in a script, I would have thrown it back at the writers as being too contrived and corny for words.  Just minutes before the BBC broadcast “Rangers- The Men Who Sold The Jerseys” the @rangerstaxcase twitter feed exploded with activity: this blog had won the 2012 Orwell Blog Prize.

I had been asked to prepare a statement in the event of winning and the following was read out by the writer Sean Dodson:

Winning the Orwell Blog Prize is both a tremendous surprise and a great honour. The quality of writing from the other short-listed candidates was just so high that I did not really think that my blog stood much of a chance.That rangerstaxcase would win a prize named for George Orwell is particularly apt. Orwell created the lexicon for fighting back against the interests of powerful individuals and a co-opted media. Over the last decade, prominence and wealth were able to silence the story of what was really happening within Rangers FC. The story of how a single businessman could bend the banking, football, and newspaper businesses in a small country to his will is a microcosm of the dangers lurking within all free societies.
The blog answered a need for the facts when it was obvious that the Scottish media had no interest in taking on the vested interests who wanted this story kept under wraps. I would like to thank all of those people who have contributed to the debates on the blog and I am especially grateful to those brave individuals who have made it possible for me to tell the truth about this story.

Tonight is important for the Rangers tax case in two major respects. In addition to the Orwell Blog Prize, BBC Scotland will broadcast a documentary tonight entitled: “Rangers- The Men Who Sold The Jerseys”.

 

A project that was born out of frustration at the Scottish media’s refusal to investigate this story comes to an end with the finest investigative journalist in the country, Mark Daly, laying out the facts on television for the whole country to see. To watch this project achieve its primary goal and to receive this award on the same night is truly something special.

Thank you to the judges, to the other entrants and shortlisters, to Alex Thompson at Channel 4 News, and to my long-suffering family who have provided tremendous support while working on this project.
 
Speak up: individuals can make a difference.
I want to start naming names and thanking the best contributors to this site. However, there are just too many of you and I dread the idea that I would leave someone out. As most of you write on here under pseudonyms anyway, it is best to avoid a long Oscar-style list of names. You all know who you are.  This blog would not have had any impact without the debates and discussion that you all contributed so much towards. Thank you.

About rangerstaxcase
I have information on Rangers' tax case, and I will use this blog to provide the details of what Rangers FC have done, why it was illegal, and what the implications for what was (updated) one of the largest football clubs in Britain.

3,539 Responses to Thank you- all of you!

  1. scapa says:

    Tigertim says:

    29/05/2012 at 10:52 pm

    It was the SPL not the SFA that granted an extension to 15th June to produce accounts.

    I’m inclined to cut the SFA a little slack, they have some options, including seeking to overturn this ruling. I would bet on a statement after tomorrow’s SPL meeting.

  2. Tangerine Taysider says:

    Time is needed for a calm consensus to emerge on the legal options open to the SFA.

    But from a tactical point of view Rangers have today seriously antagonised the SFA, FIFA/UEFA and a number of SPL chairmen (recall JIm Spence said a number were incandescent when they found out Rangers were taking this appeal to a civil court.). I’ll be unhappy to be proved wrong, but I think the decision today will turn out to be bad news for Rangers in the long run.

    If Doncaster does articulate the consensus of the Chairmen, it will be interesting to see if there is any change of emphasis after the yet again postponed decisions are announced tomorrow.

  3. Bo Ningen says:

    (Longtime reader, never made it through moderation before, so hoping this one gets through…)

    Here’s the only question I have…

    Why is Campbell Ogilvie still president of the SFA? How can he possibly not be put on gardening leave? Why hasn’t anyone demanded his head for all of his conflicts of interest?

    (I know Alex T finds it bewildering too, but he’s never really pushed that hard either.)

  4. VertWolf says:

    Can anyone recall if there was a specific incident for which RFC(IA) were deemed to have brought the game into disrepute? If it relates to signing players from other football clubs in the full knowledge there was no chance of paying for them then surely a one year suspension would be entirely appropriate – a cup ban would be less than a slap on the wrist

  5. Galway Joyce says:

    ThirdParty says:
    29/05/2012 at 10:41 pm

    thank you, ThirdParty.

    From what you write:

    1) we should not be surprised by today’s ruling;

    2) the SFA panel now have to re-assess the existing sanctions to impose a penalty they believe commensurate with the crime (even though they already stated that they do not believe there to be one); and

    3) should the SFA survive this situation, then the current sanctions regime is generally workable but should perhaps be reviewed with a worst-case scenario in mind.

    Does point 2) also imply that any more-severe sanction than already imposed will be challenged by Rangers(iA) because of what was stated in the judgement and appellant review? and, Is it certain that FIFA will insist on a punishment to R(iA) for the challenge(s), or is there any possibility that they would look on the SFA’s inadequate regulations as being the root cause and punish the SFA irrespective of what is done to R(iA)?

  6. Michael says:

    Private Land says:
    29/05/2012 at 10:55 pm

    I think painting yourself into a corner is one thing but being able to move the corner to anywhere you fancy is another.

    I see where you are coming from but I just think open ended laws / rules / contracts have no chance of going unchallenged.

  7. Lord Wobbly says:

    Frank Galvin says:
    29/05/2012 at 10:53 pm
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    Lord Wobbly.
    Yes, a one year suspension (to effectively invoke the transfer ban
    that was originally given) would be the sensible outcome. But the loss of anonymity worries me.
    You are quite right too. The fine cannot be increased.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    So Rangers are suspended. Another club (Dundee?) take their place. Season runs it’s course and a team is relegated and another promoted. Rangers suspension expires.

    Where do they go?
    (lets assume they still exist)

  8. Frank Galvin says:

    Abrahamtoast.

    Pretty sure it gets referred back to where the original decision was made but I confess I am not certain of that.

  9. ThirdParty says:

    tigertim says:

    29/05/2012 at 10:52 pm

    The SFA has not tried to enforce the no court actions in football rule since it was ruled unlawful and unenforceable in this 1965 case.

    St Johnstone Football Club Limited v Scottish Football Association Limited
    1965 S.L.T. 171.

    See my earlier post for full details.

  10. scapa says:

    Lord Wobbly says:

    29/05/2012 at 11:00 pm

    They apply for entry into Division III 🙂

  11. buckfastswallier says:

    Bo Ningen says:

    Aye, totally agree. This is point we should prioritise. CO’s position is falling into the background at the very time his conflict of interest should be foregrounded.

  12. Nowoldandgrumpy says:

    Newsnight estimate 9p in the pound if RFC(IA) win the BTC 2p if they lose it

    D&D will get more than the creditors.

    If club liquidated only 250k for creditors.

  13. Frank Galvin says:

    Lord Wobbly.

    Great question that I pondered earlier. The SPL can let anyone in as they please. They can make up the rules to suit. If suspended, I would suggest an expanded SPL in 2013-2014. If expelled? They join the SFL in Div3 unless the SFL reconstruct.

  14. Michael says:

    officerdiggle says@ 29/05/2012 at 10:53 pm

    “BBC Scotland News reporting CVA proposal at 8 – 9p in the £1”

    How can they work that out when there are so many TBCs on page 15 of the proposal? They have geniuses working for them.

  15. Lord Wobbly says:

    tigertim says:
    29/05/2012 at 10:55 pm
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    Lord Wobbly says:
    29/05/2012 at 10:49 pm
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    I’m pretty sure the existing fine was already at the maximum
    level.
    ======================================================
    Was the existing fine mentioned anywhere in the CVA today?
    I would hope it is not part of the CVA and the 100% amount is
    due, but is it listed?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Sorry Tigertim. On phone and haven’t studied the cva yet.

  16. Michael says:

    Nowoldandgrumpy says:
    29/05/2012 at 11:03 pm

    “Newsnight estimate 9p in the pound if RFC(IA) win the BTC 2p if they lose it. D&D will get more than the creditors. If club liquidated only 250k for creditors.”

    We are expected to believe this guff yet “Freehold Property Including Ibrox Stadium and Murray Park = £109,613,870” on page 43 of CVA proposal.

    How does that add up?

    £109,613,870 to £250,000 in 14 weeks…………….

  17. Nowoldandgrumpy says:

    Who is that guy on Newsnight, HMRC will accept this as the best deal and bite the bullet. Derek can you not start training sessions for these so called experts.

  18. Doon the slope says:

    BBC making STV look like amateurs. Brilliant!!

  19. officerdiggle says:

    Anybody thoroughly depressed by Newsnight Scotland?

    Guests totally pointless

    Absolutely zero meaningful discussion

  20. bobbyevans says:

    My money is on no SPL vote tomorrow UNLESS SFA comment first…

    There will therfore be a further delay on FFP.

  21. tigertim says:

    scapa says:
    29/05/2012 at 10:57 pm

    It was the SPL not the SFA that granted an extension to 15th June to produce accounts.

    I’m inclined to cut the SFA a little slack, they have some options, including seeking to overturn this ruling. I would bet on a statement after tomorrow’s SPL meeting.
    ==============================================
    Scapa, I understand that it was the SPL, when was this agreed and with whom?
    It must have been agreed with someone at the SFA as the fixtures for the SPL and the SFL are now under threat.

    Why would you cut anyone some slack in this long drawn out saga? All options should have been discussed before going to court, there should be no reason for any further time wasting. People are now getting bored with the inaction at top level football in Scotland.

    Lets ask how 2 court of session appearances can be arranged within days, but the SFA cannot even comment in the same time.

    Where was the press release today stating that the original appeal committee will revue the case on Friday this week??? Or are any of the original appeal panel on holiday for the next 3 weeks or anything, this could drag on and on.

  22. Michael says:

    tigertim says:
    29/05/2012 at 10:55 pm

    It does not appear to be mentioned. Although Rangers had a year to pay it maybe it has been settled – “who is laughing at the back? you bhoy! quiet. this is not funny”.

  23. Goosy says:

    Essex beancounter says:

    29/05/2012 at 8:18 pm
    Perhaps when Peter Lawwell does eventually “go public” we will be able to say that the spirit of Kelly lives on
    ………….
    Spot on Ebc
    People criticise Kelly for picking the team and acting out his personal preferences on who should play and who should not. But that’s how it was before Stein convinced him otherwise.
    I freely admit I was as angry as any fan about Johnstone being dropped for Craig in an important Cup replay at Hampden (which was lost)
    But with the benefit of hindsight. I can forgive a wrong decision. Not for a minute would I believe Kelly made that decision because he had no moral compass.
    He was just plain wrong
    The issues CFC face now would be easier for Kelly than picking a team
    He would have done what was right. End of story
    The only difference between Kelly and the current Board is that as Club owner he could speak his mind and damn the consequences. Nobody on the Board has that luxury

    Kelly’s tombstone is well embedded on the moral high ground
    Lawwell is still climbing the hill

    Lawwwell is still climbing the hill.

    He will get there eventually

  24. abrahamtoast says:

    Frank Galvin, I’m going to bed now, so can’t be bothered getting involved in an argument with you, especially if you can’t be bothered checking things out for yourself. The BBC article, for example, states “Lord Glennie said the ban should be reconsidered by the SFA appeal panel”, as does every other news site, and it has been discussed in these comments in great detail today.

    So please don’t just post nonsense off the top of your head. Show some respect.

  25. toby says:

    Excellent – transfer embargo overturned.
    Thunderbirds are go…warchest at the ready, baby !

    Silly us. Rangers have been right all along. Hey, let bygones be bygones – let’s forget all this silliness – let’s forget silly wee amounts of £135million, the endless list of creditors that will maybe be left with pennies in a pound (9 if you’re lucky) to stick in a charity box for one of the organisations that will go belly up thanks to the recession, or the unpaid taxes to fund public services – hospitals, schools, police, fire services etc. Who needs them ? They’re luxuries in a recession. RFC(IA) are definitely not.

    As long as we’ve got the mighty Gers in the SPL – that’s the thing. That’ll keep everyone smiling in hard times. They could maybe get that pony-tailed duffer from Liverpool – he’s this weathers’ Tory Andre Flo. Is there enough up the ‘Green sleeves’ for him, I wonder. But we don’t want to endanger the Duffers payout – as long as they’re ok. They’ve been this seasons Morecambe & (not so) Wise..except they both play the straight unfunny guy that’s taking the piss (and £5m) without making us laugh. Cheeky scoundrels…but rich cheeky scoundrels !

    Oh, and see those dual contracts, and the cheated tax amounts – it’s not your place to apologise, it’s ours. No – really, it’s ours, for not cottoning on quicker. Sure, many had their suspicions that something stank to high heaven, but it’s our fault for not realising sooner that the Scottish game was going to be run to rack and ruin through your own malfeasance, deceit and self importance. Our mistake, sorry. And see all those bending over backwards steps the SPL are making to welcome you back into the fold, done with our willing consent – because they speak for the average punter. And see those guys that refuse to watch a Scottish game shorn of integrity, of decency or sporting justice…well, hell they don’t know what they’re missing. It’s showbiz baby. The show must go on…as long as Gers are stepping out !

    You are exactly what the Scottish game needs – a club that cheats, avoids playing by the rules, dropping debt like it was shit on your shoe, carrying on regardless, taking the Football regulators to court to try to get things in a way you like them. Thank goodness you don’t have to play by the rules that all the rest of the teams do – that just would not do ! And I’m sure when the bad men at FIFA or UEFA throw the rule book at you for your blind ignorance and relentless arrogance and endless ways of shaming the game in ways never contemplated that the SFA have to make up rules not to expel you…we’ll all be right behind you.. won’t we guys ? Guys ? Guys ?

  26. Doon the slope says:

    officerdiggle

    Marked you down there. The female in the studio made mince meat of the ‘Rangers is too big’ idiot from England.

    Then the gentleman from Greece (mentioned on here earlier.) Please could someone put up link for BBC Newsnight Scotland. That was an important broadcast.

  27. piston broke says:

    Scum is on ITV4 at 23.55. Is it the borstal movie or Mark Daly’s next documentary?

    Who’s the Daddy indeed?

  28. toby says:

    Excellent – transfer embargo overturned.
    Thvnderbirds are go…warchest at the ready, baby !

    Silly us. Rangers have been right all along. Hey, let bygones be bygones – let’s forget all this silliness – let’s forget silly wee amounts of £135million, the endless list of creditors that will maybe be left with pennies in a pound (9 if you’re lucky) to stick in a charity box for one of the organisations that will go belly up thanks to the recession, or the unpaid taxes to fund public services – hospitals, schools, police, fire services etc. Who needs them ? They’re luxuries in a recession. RFC(IA) are definitely not.

    As long as we’ve got the mighty Gers in the SPL – that’s the thing. That’ll keep everyone smiling in hard times. They could maybe get that pony-tailed duffer from Liverpool – he’s this weathers’ Tory Andre Flo. Is there enough up the ‘Green sleeves’ for him, I wonder. But we don’t want to endanger the Duffers payout – as long as they’re ok. They’ve been this seasons Morecambe & (not so) Wise..except they both play the straight unfunny guy that’s taking the piss (and £5m) without making us laugh. Cheeky scoundrels…but rich cheeky scoundrels !

    Oh, and see those dual contracts, and the cheated tax amounts – it’s not your place to apologise, it’s ours. No – really, it’s ours, for not cottoning on quicker. Sure, many had their suspicions that something stank to high heaven, but it’s our fault for not realising sooner that the Scottish game was going to be run to rack and ruin through your own malfeasance, deceit and self importance. Our mistake, sorry. And see all those bending over backwards steps the SPL are making to welcome you back into the fold, done with our willing consent – because they speak for the average punter. And see those guys that refuse to watch a Scottish game shorn of integrity, of decency or sporting justice…well, hell they don’t know what they’re missing. It’s showbiz baby. The show must go on…as long as Gers are stepping out !

    You are exactly what the Scottish game needs – a club that cheats, avoids playing by the rules, dropping debt like it was shit on your shoe, carrying on regardless, taking the Football regulators to court to try to get things in a way you like them. Thank goodness you don’t have to play by the rules that all the rest of the teams do – that just would not do ! And I’m sure when the bad men at FIFA or UEFA throw the rule book at you for your blind ignorance and relentless arrogance and endless ways of shaming the game in ways never contemplated that the SFA have to make up rules not to expel you…we’ll all be right behind you.. won’t we guys ? Guys ? Guys ?

  29. ds67 says:

    officerdiggle says:
    29/05/2012 at 10:53 pm

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    BBC Scotland News reporting CVA proposal at 8 – 9p in the £1
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    add in the big tax case try less than 3p in the pound assuming dumb and plod waive thier fees and CW dont wont his £18 million repaid shit at this rate the cva per puind will be worth as much as the paper rangers shares are printed on

  30. scapa says:

    Doon the slope says:

    29/05/2012 at 11:25 pm

    I noticed the young lady could barely keep her face straight when talking about the 46 (or 47) TBCs in the “proposal”. I got the distinct impression she would be asking lots of questions at the creditors meeting before suggesting D&P GTF.

  31. Thornlyboy says:

    Agree with Dts and od on tonight’s Newsnight Scotland. A gentle wee ramble through Never-neverland, with an unusually compliant GB (has he been telt?). Only Ioannidis brought the discussion to a realistic level.

    On this basis: CVA? No problem. RFC* are too big to fail. 8p is better than nothing. There ‘must’ have been a ‘done-deal’ between HMRC, Ticketus and D&D. So, we can all just go to bed.

  32. Denzil Dexter (Scientific Genius) says:

    No matter the outcome of todays farce the end result will be the same………
    The Liquidation of Rangers is still the final outcome and the NEWco will be spared any of the original sanctions.
    Only 3 clubs have exited Administration as a NEWco without a CVA and all 3 received punishment for doing so:
    LUTON = 20 Point deduction & Forced to pay creditors 16p in the pound
    BOURNEMOUTH=17 Point deduction 2 years to pay creditors 10p in the pound
    or face FURTHER SANCTIONS
    ROTHERAM=17 Point deduction

    http://celtictalk.org/_/articles/newco-fcs-without-cvas-are-always-punished-r82

  33. Doon the slope says:

    Scapa

    Exactly. I was going to mention that, she smiled at the end of each answer she gave like, “Who’s kidding who here??”

    She slipped in a gem, aswell, “47 unanswered questions in the CVA” She gave a rather broad grin after she dropped that little nugget.

  34. scapa says:

    tigertim says:

    29/05/2012 at 11:20 pm

    Tiger it was an SPL board decision, (the board on which CFC have a rep). Doubt the SFA were consulted.

    I suspect that the SFA were almost as surprised at D&P’s decision to go to court as they were at the result.

    I may be wrong, in which case i will happily eat my humble pie, but the SFA will hammer RFC(IA). Why? Any permutation from: It’s the right thing, FIFA and UEFA on their cas or just plain pissed as hell at RFC for going down this road.

  35. buckfastswallier says:

    there is no genius at work, simply people taking from others what is allowed and what they can. the genius is we make them look like it is somehow wrong.

  36. tigertim says:

    Just think with a bit of fore thought the SFA appeal committee could have been scheduled to sit tonight, review their punishment and hand down the new alternative punishment, wouldn’t that have been prudent. Ahh but wait…..
    UEFA would then ask the SFA what they were playing at taking direction from a civil court,
    sooooo the original decision must stand.

  37. Ground Zero says:

    Doon the slope on 29/05/2012 at 11:25 pm said:

    But did I really hear her say that the true pennies in the pound could be negative once the assumptions are resolved? How does that work? Creditors handing over cash? Also, the bloke from London was giving some real positive signals that HMRC will accept CVA and that this may even have been agreed previously in private. Disturbing if true and surely will only encourage more reckless boardroom behaviour

  38. Nowoldandgrumpy says:

    Michael on 29/05/2012 at 11:21 pm said:
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    tigertim says:
    29/05/2012 at 10:55 pm

    It does not appear to be mentioned. Although Rangers had a year to pay it maybe it has been settled – “who is laughing at the back? you bhoy! quiet. this is not
    ——-
    Is the period of one year given to pay the fine not outwith the panels jurisdiction and requires to be within the stipulated period. 🙂

  39. raintown67 says:

    Did I miss it, but can not the SFA simply appeal the CoS decision to buy themselves some time.

    An appeal might succeed, it seems a bizarre judgment to my layman’s eyes, but anyways in the meantime another charge heads RFC (IA)’s way and will render the appeal court ruling irrelevant.

    ??
    RT

  40. tigertim says:

    scapa says:
    29/05/2012 at 11:33 pm

    Scapa I am surprised that you still have some belief in either the SFA or the SPL, remember they were shocked at the level of the original punishment as it was handed down by outside agencies rather than themselves.
    Here’s hoping you faith is endorsed.

  41. Doon the slope says:

    Ground Zero

    Your lugs are working perfectly – pennies in the pound, a negative figure. I thought to myself, she’s now explaining debt to a Tim!!

    Please somebody, put up link to BBC Newsnight Scotland. There are a right few gems in there.

  42. paul martin says:

    can anyone ask Duff & Helpourselves why theres still 46 amountsTBC ?? after all this time,and with those fees ??
    could’ve sent Neil Alexander round to ask them all with a pen & paper, just walking, no petrol money needed ……..

  43. scapa says:

    tigertim says:

    29/05/2012 at 11:40 pm

    Me too, the national game is friar tucked if I’m wrong

  44. Private Land says:

    Ground Zero says:

    29/05/2012 at 11:38 pm

    But did I really hear her say that the true pennies in the pound could be negative once the assumptions are resolved? How does that work? Creditors handing over cash? Also, the bloke from London was giving some real positive signals that HMRC will accept CVA and that this may even have been agreed previously in private. Disturbing if true and surely will only encourage more reckless boardroom behaviour
    _______________________________________________________________________

    Yes you did hear her say that, and the sound immediately after was her credibility crashing to the studio floor.

    I think the bloke might have been a debenture holder 🙂 It was a seriously LOL moment when he uttered the “too big to fail” line. Clearly he’s not up to speed on his bullsh!t meter.

  45. Derek says:

    Ground Zero says:
    29/05/2012 at 11:38 pm
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    But did I really hear her say that the true pennies in the pound could be negative once the assumptions are resolved? How does that work? Creditors handing over cash? Also, the bloke from London was giving some real positive signals that HMRC will accept CVA and that this may even have been agreed previously in private. Disturbing if true and surely will only encourage more reckless boardroom behaviour
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    The Newsight stuff was mostly fantasy. As for the negative pennies in the pound – as i explained earlier, it is in effect already that. It has just been made to look like a +ve proposal.

  46. Jim says:

    Derek commented earlier that the £4m due to HMRC from D&P for the admin period should be deducted from the pot available – not added to unsecured creditors.

    Of course that would leave virtually nothing for distribution – ZERO pence in the pound if we set aside fantasy legal wins.

    Not something D&P would want to see in black and white after all this time and expense.

    / Jim

  47. Doon the slope says:

    Ground Zero

    Guy from London was an asshole. Not one sentence he spoke was true or will be found to be true. He was a Rangers apologist. 18 stone, but lightweight.

  48. Frank Galvin says:

    Abrahamtoast@11:25pm

    “Frank Galvin, I’m going to bed now, so can’t be bothered getting involved in an argument with you, especially if you can’t be bothered checking things out for yourself. The BBC article, for example, states “Lord Glennie said the ban should be reconsidered by the SFA appeal panel”, as does every other news site, and it has been discussed in these comments in great detail today.

    So please don’t just post nonsense off the top of your head. Show some respect”
    —————————————————————————————————————————————Easy tiger. I meant no offence and can’t see how what I wrote was disrespectful. Your response was downright rude though. Learn some manners and stop rating your own posts upwards.

  49. Seedy Loner says:

    Ground Zero – that HMRC have already appointed their liquidator in waiting would indicate their attitude to the CVA and their voting intentions.

  50. Stanblack says:

    so Doncaster dillys and dallys hoping that newco will be in place before he needs to report on oldco.

    come on Fifa / UEFA, the SPL and SFA are not working for the good of the Scottish game.

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