And Justice For All

“…And Justice for All” is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on August 25, 1988.

Today, out of the blue, STV has dealt what could be a devastating blow to Celtic and their long denial, some might say, cover up of child abuse and the allegations of a paedophile ring at Celtic Park. “Whistleblower accuses Celtic of failing sex abuse victims”

https://stv.tv/news/west-central/1433901-whistleblower-accuses-celtic-of-failing-sex-abuse-victims/

The whistleblower is one Gerry McSherry, previously best known for being a regular, some might say fanatical, contributor to phone-ins and letters pages regarding all things pertaining to his beloved Celtic. Twenty years ago, McSherry was so disgusted by the allegations of child abuse at Parkhead that he contacted the authorities to have it exposed and the abusers meet justice. He became so obsessed that the Glasgow Herald, featured the story of how he directed a campaign against Frank Cairney, one of the men he reported to the police.

There is no need in this brief piece to repeat the many previous allegations, one by one being proven as fact as the guilty parties find justice. These are easily found online. What should be brought again to peoples’ attention is the vast number of players these sick bastards molested, the number of evil doers employed by Celtic or associated with Celtic and the shameful, prolonged stance of Celtic to admit what went wrong and to come clean, even after all these years. Celtic proudly proclaim that they were founded by a Catholic priest, have Catholic roots and maintain their proud Catholic heritage. So here’s a question, based on that religion, is confession not good for the soul?

If the pedants among you readers deny Brother Walfrid was Catholic, you should know the Society of Mary (Marists), commonly known as simply the Marist Fathers, is an international Roman Catholic religious congregation.Statistics show that child abuse is a practice often shared. From this, paedophile rings are formed. Celtic need to explain why so many who share this sick proclivity found the opportunity to do so at Parkhead, Barrowfield, New Jersey and the homes of the likes of Torbett; why the innocents, who only wanted to play football and maybe one day make the first team, had their innocence taken away and, most damningly, why they did not report the abuse, as it was uncovered to the police, to be investigated.Was there a more sinister reason that Jimmy Savile was a regular visitor?While the footballing world is aware of the chant “Big Jock Knew”, which, given that when he was told of the abuse, was supposedly to have physically kicked Torbett out the door, must then be regarded as factually correct. We must also ask “who else knew?” The Kellys and the Whites must have, the allegations were reported to the Board. Billy McNeill did, proven by his statement that the abuse was “an open secret” at Parkhead, which suggest most at Parkhead in any capacity at the time also knew. Liam Brady and chief scout John Kelman knew, the New Jersey abuse was told to them by the poor child’s father. There are references in two former players’ autobiographies to the scandal. Fergus McCann? Former players who came through the Boys Club? McStay, Grant, Burns?Worse yet, what of the allegations that Celtic high ranking employees visited families of the abused and asked them to keep it quiet for “the good name of the Club”?

Referring to 20 years ago McSherry said: “I gave the police the names. 14 names, not two names.”  Who are the other twelve? Who could have been saved? What pain could have been spared?Which all begs the questions “why was more not done?” and “why was the abuse given scant attention in the media?” It sure looks like there was a cover up. We now need to know at what level? Was it the Police? The DPP? The media?  Most importantly, who orchestrated the cover up? Is there a master of puppets?How much brown stuff is about to hit the fan if one of the news outlets who previously wouldn’t say a bad word about the Celtic cover up has broken ranks? Will more follow?“Master of Puppets” is the third studio album released by Metallica. It was released two years before “Justice”. So who is the Master of Puppets? Is even he about to lose his tight grip on this? Finally, will there be justice for all?

This situation is now, I suggest, about to erupt worse than Krakatoa or Vesuvius ever did.

John McCrae

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