Tonight, The Green Brigade is making headlines again for all the right reasons.
They unveiled murals inside Celtic Park welcoming immigrants.
I know there’s a lot of our fans who have a real problem with these guys, and in terms of pyro and stuff like that, I vehemently disagree with their position, but the idea that these people are anything but a positive force at Celtic is for the birds.
I love these guys on nights like this, after days like today.
There are people who think I should keep politics off this site.
I don’t know if they realize there are alternatives to reading this blog if they don’t like its content. Nor do I know how it escaped them that politics has been a constant from the start.
I had trouble last week in the spam folder of one group for writing “leftist shit” and another for quoting Churchill. I learned a long time ago that you can’t please everyone all the time and I’m not going to try to.
At a time when the British government is engaged in one of the most appalling, reactionary and despicable political enterprises I have ever seen – the effort to repatriate illegal immigrants to Rwanda – I could not be happier to see the Green Brigade defend those fleeing war and persecution abroad.
But they do much more than that, of course.
Opening the door to immigrants who simply want to come here for a better life is equally valid and equally important. There is no such stereotype as “the lazy immigrant”; the reason is that there aren’t enough lazy immigrants to summon one.
This vast majority of these people don’t come here to live off the state, which so many people seem too ready to believe…they come here and do the work that a lot of people who voted for Brexit wouldn’t even do not. entertain do., and before this national calamity they also did a lot of vital work.
If you voted for Brexit and missed your holiday this year because flights were cancelled, well, I suggest you accept that you may have only been part of the problem.
If no one has told you how many immigrant workers have worked in those menial jobs in the airline industry that they can no longer recruit, then maybe you have consulted the wrong sources of information and should have expanded your network.
If you’re wondering why your local NHS is on its knees, maybe it’s because it’s depended for years on immigrant healthcare workers who were told they were no longer welcome in the UK. United because instead of a civilized system based on our needs, we live in a right-wing fantasy that doubles as a national act of self-harm.
And the effects of that are everywhere, across the country, in all industries.
Want to know what, at least in part, is the cost of living crisis? Tens of thousands of unfilled jobs in dozens of sectors that, when operating at full capacity, kept the supply chain running and prices low.
I went to a very good restaurant for dinner a few weeks ago and found a greatly reduced menu and greatly shortened opening hours…the reason was that they couldn’t get experienced people working in the kitchen because the restaurant industry was mainly made up of Eastern Europeans who are no longer allowed to work here.
And the effects of not having these people means closing the kitchen earlier and opening fewer days at a time when rents are still high and the basics of running this business are getting more expensive with each passing week.
This place is months away from closing its doors as a direct result of a rabid anti-immigration policy that makes no sense.
Not to mention the disgrace of the Rwandan plan or Boris Johnson’s more recent whistle of fitting these people with electronic tags as if they were criminals.
The policy of the cesspool is the engine of this London government.
Our club was founded by immigrants.
Our ancestors know what it’s like to have the door slammed in your face.
Not so long ago, you couldn’t find a job in this city depending on where you went to school and your background.
We know what it’s all about though; our enemies still express these vile feelings in their chants and chants.
I read a story on a national headline website yesterday about an Irish bar I used to frequent that was under pressure due to a concerted campaign of complaints against it that appears to be motivated by the worst kind of bigotry.
Do you know what the first comment on this article said? “If you want to run an Irish bar, you have to run it in Ireland, not Scotland.”
We still put up with this shit in modern times.
These people from the Green Brigade understand.
They understand why so many of us care passionately about this stuff.
Because once upon a time, it was us.
In the eyes of many Peepul in this country, it’s still us.
No doubt there are some in our ranks who are all for the Rwandan plan.
All I can say is one of us in the wrong movie, and it’s not me.
The boys and girls of the Green Brigade don’t just talk about a good game; they are at the forefront of socially progressive campaigns on food banks, homelessness and welcoming refugees.
These guys and girls get it. They embody our club at its best.
I’m damn proud of them tonight, and of Celtic themselves.
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