Archive for June, 2012

Randorsement of Romney: Gradualism in Politics

June 8, 2012

Few events surprise me, but one did yesterday – seeing Rand Paul endorse Mitt Romney on FoxNews. The resultant apoplexy from certain segments of the “Liberty Movement” is not surprising, and regrettable. I did think an endorsement would happen, but not until much later. Paul Jr is seeking to advance his limited government agenda. Given the nature of politics and the innate conservatism of the public (to maintain the status quo) this will occur at a snails pace – rather than by a rapid process. This does not suit plenty of people, but gradualism is usually the most sustainable path forward in politics. So I may disagree with this “Randorsement” at this time, especially when his father Ron Paul is still collecting delegates for the Republican convention, but I commend him for his thinking.

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Plausible Deniability: The Rangers Fiasco

June 1, 2012

The Rangers fiasco is now all about “plausible deniability”. I generally don’t do conspiracy theories, but I cannot shake the feeling that prospective owners and the administrators simply don’t want to be seen to put the final bullets into the corpse. Rather, they’d have others do the dirty work for them and – such as with the transfer ban (in actuality about the mildest sanction imaginable) appeal – are seeking to expedite the process. The response from the SPL/SFA has been (at best) feeble. Now its going to come down to UEFA/FIFA diktats to the SFA. This gives the prospective owners/administrators(/liquidators) plausible deniability as they attempt to rally the Rangers supporters around a “Newclub” or “Airdire United II” whilst attempting to legally escape from their straightjacket, plus make a packet in the process. Might just work, given enough complicity (and desire for plausible deniability, too) from the SFA/SPL(/SFL), connivance from other clubs, succulent lamb, and sufficiently gullible supporters (of which Rangers appear to have thousands even after all that has happened). But given that this situation is now on FIFA/UEFA’s radar and the potential level of moral hazard (particularly for HMRC) it’s getting increasingly hard for me to see how this isn’t about to get even messier.