Another Dream Bites The Dust.

It looks like the dream of going to Brazil with the Tartan Army for the World Cup in 2014 is over, finito, deid.  The dream is no more, it is an ex-dream.  I have absolutely no idea what made me have any kind of hope or optimism in the first place.  I should know better by now ffs.

Ironically, we played better in defeat that we did in our previous two drawn games.  We could claim we were robbed in being beaten 2-1 by Wales, a perfectly good goal was disallowed, and the Welsh looked lost til they got a rather dodgy penalty ten minutes from time.  But that would only distract from the main problems – we have a joke as a Manager, the S.F.A. needs a radical overhaul, and the grassroots of the game in Scotland needs major surgery.

To restore some pride in our national sport, maybe we need to vote YES in this referendum on independence.  Look what independence has done for small nations like Croatia.  How a man like Craig Levein, who not only lacks tactical acumen, but also is reported to be a staunch Unionist opposed to Scottish independence, can instill national pride in a squad is beyond me.  Get him gone, NOW.  Along with all those others in the S.F.A. who think we Scots are incapable of governing, or achieving anything by ourselves.

Joke Police.

I was unfriended on Facebook the other day, by a lass I have known for over ten years, and all because of a joke I posted about Jimmy Savile.  Here is the joke in question –

“They have just found Jimmy Savile’s diary.

His last entry was about 10 years old.”

According to the lass who found this “appalling”, I am “laughing at child rape”.  And this from a girl who studied journalism and, presumably, knows a thing or two about the English language.  If you take the time to actually read the joke, you will notice the butt of the joke is the child abuser, not the victim.  I am guessing this nuance is lost on the professionally offended.  Still, never let the facts get in the way of ones self-righteousness, eh?
I find it kind of frightening really that people trained in, and preparing for a career in journalism are prepared to insist on censorship.  I find it unbelievable that the joke is more offensive than the decades of silence by mainstream journalists on the “open secret” that was Jimmy Savile’s alleged fondness for pre-pubescent girls.

In my humble opinion there should be no topics off-limits for comedy.  The topics that are deemed taboo, I suggest, are the very subjects that need broached the most.  Comedy has a long and noble tradition of tackling difficult subjects.  Take Bill Hicks on Iraq, or abortion for instance.   Near the knuckle jokes and comedians, at their best, help test and define boundaries, and consequently help progress or redefine the moral code of society.  It is also informative.  After all, who else, during the last ten or twenty years was informing people about the suspicions about Jimmy Savile?  It certainly wasn’t journalists who were too scared of Savile’s “fame and power” to report on it.  There is always a place for comedy, particularly when the media is such an embarrassing failure.