We live in a society where the masses are fed rhetoric posing as facts, opinions posing as information, and adverts posing as advice.
Corporate media sets the agenda, and gradually the market is saturated with what they want us to think.
Right now, they want us to think that the abuse of young boys was exclusive to Celtic Boys club , and because legally that would be difficult to prove, on account of it not being true, the agenda has shifted to claiming Celtic should do what’s morally right…and pay compensation to the victims.
Presumably because in their world, money is all that matters.
The welfare of victims ..the punishment of perpetrators….indeed, even a widespread investigation into how far these people had infiltrated the world of youth organisations is way down on their list.
If that thought has even occurred to them.
Not one outlet, radio, television, newspaper or even in the political corridors of power has asked for a full and fearless investigation into what was undoubtedly an example of organised crime that had crept into the very fabric of society.
The BBC had a go, with Mark Daly producing evidence that may have helped with prosecutions…and he should be commended for that.
But he works for the BBC, and presumably wants to continue working for the BBC.
Any in depth investigation of widespread abuse of minors by employees is likely to be discouraged from that particular institution.
Westminster has the powers to order such an investigation, but in order for it to be full and fearless, certain documents allegedly locked away in a vault by soon to be former Prime minister Theresa May would have to be disclosed.
Again, its unlikely to happen.
The print media ?
Certainly the best bet, as there are some real reporters still out there, but with most “news ” coming from news agencies these days, handily packaged for maximum effect, there’s little interest from editors to pay reporters to, er, report.
It takes too long, and the public won’t remember what the initial fuss was all about.
An example of this can be seen today, with Keith Jackson of the Daily Record.
He thinks , or at least whoever is paying his wage thinks, that…
Celtic must confront the past before they can contemplate the future.
For Celtic, these really are the best of times.
That they are also threatening to become the worst of times is a cruel and rancid legacy of a time gone by. Right now, a club at the very peak of its powers and the top of its game, is being haunted mercilessly by monsters from its past.
At a moment in time when Celtic should be celebrating this period of unsurpassed superiority, an entire clubs finds itself dragged to a crossroads in history. The direction they take at this point is likely to be a defining one.
At this point, it’s fair to say the media are dragging them there, and trying to choose the route for them.
A couple of years ago, when chief executive Peter Lawwell first uttered the words ‘separate entity’ in relation to the scandalised Celtic Boys’ Club it did seem at the time like a cleverly thought out and strategic piece of legal positioning. A very clear attempt to place as much distance as possible between Celtic’s powerhouse present and its dubious past.
But there comes a point when sound legal advice and solid business practice must give way to a sense of duty and moral obligation. And that moment has surely now arrived.
Woah there, at which point did the widespread abuse of children become Celtic’s problem ?
And when did it become exclusively Peter Lawwell’s job to fix it ?
Why should he have to shoulder the responsibility of becoming the man who can morally rectify one of society’s greatest problems ?
Whilst there may be an argument for Celtic to look into counselling and compensation for victims at Celtic Boys club who were abused, and one that most decent people would support, thats not the issue here.
And its certainly being subtly magnified in such a way that Celtic are apparently the cause of this problem, which will suddenly go away if Peter signs a few cheques, questions should be asked how that came to be the narrative.
Celtic do a lot of work quietly to help those less fortunate in society, and there’s no reason to suggest that they would not embark on a similar project here.
There is even less reason to proclaim the moral high ground by being seen to do something because an agenda driven media wants them to do.
The media here are deflecting from their own lack of morality and courage in dealing with an example of an organised and endemic crime, one which they are clearly too afraid to confront.
So they blame Celtic, knowing that there are more than enough who read their nonsense to vehemently aid and abet them.
Those who are driving this agenda were shocked to see that Celtic have been investigating what happened during those years, and that investigation was hidden from them.
Thats kind of knocked their plans sidieways. Especially those expecting to get paid a handsome commission should any compensation be paid.
Some are driven by money, some by fame and others just want to do the right thing, without shouting from the rooftops that they are doing it.
Celtic have been trying to find out exactly what happened.
Until that investigation is complete, there cannot possibly be any decision made on how to move forward.
Will they do the right thing ?
I would like to think so.
But until they find out exactly what went wrong, how can they be expected to put it right ?