06 September 2012

At what point does this man's position become untenable?



by Bill McMurdo | CRO contributor | @williammcmurdo |

Alex Thomson, the Channel 4 newscaster, who only this week was mired in the controversy surrounding outed bigot Phil Mac Giolla Bhain, has thrown petrol onto the fire with his latest vile outburst.

Thomson has joined the disgusting ranks of those who mock one of the worst days in football history by referring to Rangers fans as “Daleks” – a well-known reference in Scotland to the Ibrox Disaster.

The sick joke concerns Daleks’ inability to climb the stairs and is used by sectarian haters who seem to view this dark day as an object of twisted fun.

One can only wonder where Mr Thomson learned this evil jibe from but, given that he has inveigled his way into the company of known bigots like Phil Mac Giolla Bhain, it is not entirely unsurprising that their sectarian mindset is rubbing off on him.

Thomson is also known to be cosy with another Celtic blogger who is well-known for using this repugnant jibe in reference to the Ibrox Disaster.

You also have to wonder just how much Thomson’s Channel 4 bosses can take of his Frank Spencer-esque ability to stumble from one publicity disaster to another.

Only the other day, Thomson’s own journalistic credentials were cast into doubt by The Sun newspaper’s withering remarks concerning his endorsement of Phil Mac Giolla Bhain’s book on Rangers FC.

This on the back of his wasting the time of Strathclyde Police with exaggerated claims of being threatened with assault by a Scottish journalist. For exaggerated, read “fabricated”.

There is also the matter of his tale of skullduggery and derring-do in the badlands of Syria, which prompted another newspaper to sum up thus: “Impossible to verify.” It appears Mr Thomson has a credibility problem with his fellow media colleagues.

But it is the deeply insulting jibe directed at Rangers supporters which will damage both his and Channel 4′s reputation in Scotland, not because he has insulted Rangers fans who are used to his abuse, but because he has offended the memory of 66 dead Rangers supporters who perished on Stairway 13.

Alex Thomson may think that having a sick dig at Rangers fans is acceptable and endears him to a certain section of the Celtic support that openly mocks the terrible events of 2nd January 1971, and this is certainly not his first foray into the territory following his mocking of the memorial back in June.

However, even decent Celtic fans will no doubt be sickened by this man’s latest bitter attack on the fans of Rangers.

It is a terrible state of affairs when a national television journalist wades in to stir up the flames of sectarian hatred and insult the families of those who lost their lives on the grimmest day in Scottish footballing history.

Alex Thomson pushed his way into the Rangers crisis a few month’s ago and from the off seemed to exhibit a strong anti-Rangers agenda. His descent into bigotry and hatred perhaps is indicative of the company he keeps and reminds you of the old saying that birds of a feather fly together.

Ironically, the title of the book foreworded by Alex Thomson and written by his pal Phil Mac Giolla Bhain could be used as a biographical summary of them both:

Downfall.

Of course, Mr Thomson may have another reason for using such an odd term to describe those who follow Rangers.

Perhaps he would like to furnish it.