The truthfulness of strangers

Mr Imran Ahmad arrived on Planet Ibrox as an outsider.

That much is undeniable.

Sociologists believe that outsiders can unwittingly carry out a ‘common sense inventory’ of a culture or a sub-culture.

The newcomer simply does not know the locally agreed rules of conduct and consequently they have to ask questions.

A culture is a shared set of assumptions that people are socialised to understand.

The targets of the klan are fully aware of what the appropriate themes and memes are when they assemble.

There are very few people native to the West of Scotland that would feel the need in their daily lives to state the crushingly obvious of what is at the heart of the Ibrox culture.

Because it is cultural then there is no need to as everyone within the culture  implicitly understands the rules.

As well as that those who are socialised into that subculture have among their ranks people like Jason Campbell.

Therefore best not to say too much.

That reticence has also been abroad among members of the Fourth Estate in Scotland.

This journalistic reticence has been particularly extant since the collapse and death of the original Rangers three years ago.

It still amazes me that no journalist living in Scotland has put a book out about those amazing events in 2011 and 2012.

As you will note dear reader, your humble correspondent does not labour under any such impediment.

Before I became journalistically interested in the impending financial collapse of Rangers (1872) I sought to shine a light on what The People really believed.

When I brought the Famine Song to the attention of international colleagues in 2008 and 2009, they were quite unequivocal.

When they analysed the song and the historical and cultural context, it was clear to these journalists that what was being manifested was a racist and xenophobic belief system.

Because they were knowledgeable outsiders, they could see the klan for what they were.

Another outsider Alex Thomson of Channel 4 News also came up against the assumptions of Scottish life apropos The People.

Here he is in October 2012 asking perfectly reasonable questions about the apparent cultural toleration of the fascist underclass attached to Rangers.

For the avoidance of doubt  in 2009 the High Court of Justiciary in Edinburgh, with Lord Carloway presiding, duly ruled the Famine Song do be racists against Irish people and people fo Irish descent in Scotland.

It was a victory for the good guys in Fair Caledonia, but there is still much to do.

What Mr Imran Ahmad encountered was a subculture of defined by anti-Irish racism and hatred of Catholics.

He made these observations on the Ibrox culture when answering why he would not present himself in court on a previously agreed date.

Obviously on all such matters he has the presumption of innocence and these live proceedings cannot be commented upon.

However, Imran Ahmad is already guilty of a heinous crime in the eyes of many people in Scotland.

He has spoken the truth about The People.

In a sense, it is a reality that can only be uttered by outsiders.

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