Last night Glasgow City Council published independently verified facts that are kryptonite to a conspiracy theory beloved by The People.
I immediately tweeted the link to my Twitter followers.
However, allow me now to put this nonsense to bed for anyone who dwells in the land of reason.
For several years the ‘State Aid’ conspiracy theory was something that kept many of The People warm at night.
They held to the belief that Celtic Football Club had received favourable deals from the local authorities in the West of Scotland.
This would have breached the EU rules on ‘State Aid.’
Had this been true then it could have led to the Parkhead club being sanctioned by the governing bodies of the sport.
It was, in effect, the Big Tax Case for Celtic.
There was only one problem in those for The People.
It was pish!
I reported on the dénouement of this fantasy back in September.
Audit Scotland had forensically examined the Westhorn land deal and had found nothing untoward.
Anyone with the facility of reason will discern that Celtic Football Club received nothing favourable from the Westhorn deal.
Indeed the Scottish Champions paid three times the market value for the land.
Since the spirit-crushing arithmetic of the Big Tax Case was broken by your humble correspondent in May 2010 some of The People wanted something to respond with.
Something similarly shady within Celtic’s finances became the Holy Grail for those emotionally connected to the stadium that John Brown played for.
The champion of this noble quest battered away in Finaghy, south Belfast convinced that one day he would be vindicated.
When the ‘State Aid’ fantasy came along, it seemed perfect.
Lies are usually perfect; that’s because someone made them up,
The truth is almost always messy and doesn’t fit in with pre-conceived notions.
However, this conspiracy theory travelled all the way to the European Commission.
In 2014 they ruled that the ‘State Aid’ allegation had no substance.
However, The People still needed to believe that they were onto something.
So now we are asked to believe that Audit Scotland, The European Commission, and Glasgow City Council were all enmeshed in a labyrinthine conspiracy to do down Rangers (1872-212).
As Celtic concluded a successful AGM today, motoring to Six-In-A-Row it is an inescapable truth that The People follow the Espanyol of Glasgow.
A decade of cheating and lying killed their old club.
Now the four-year-old institution is a travelling circus of misjudgment and hubris.
The rest of Planet Fitba rubbernecks like the appalled neighbours living next door to a family who are the local version of ‘Shameless.’
So that’s that for the ‘State Aid’ conspiracy theory.
It had become an article of faith for many of The People.
Quite simply they needed to believe that this was true, but it wasn’t.
However, they will just curl up in the comfort blanket that the conspiracy was actually much bigger than they had originally envisaged.
One day EVERYONE, except of course The People, will have been involved in this dastardly plot.
A scene from the movie “a beautiful mind” comes to mind…
Increasingly our noble bedraggled and befuddled knight will realise that he dwells in the land of Béal Feirste.
The Rainjurrz, his totem of Ulsturr Scatch kulchurr, are dead.
Moreover, Sevco will be no match in the future for a commercially vibrant Celtic.
It must be cold in our shadow when The People need revenge fantasies to keep them warm at night.
We should pity them.