Why Deloitte resigned as RIFC auditors and the importance of courage

A central aspect of reporting on the Ibrox saga over the last decade has been the reaction of their dignified customer base.

Over these last ten years, various individuals have been threatened by the klan including your humble correspondent.

Of course, the answer to this social problem is to face them down.

I believe that being heroically anonymous and bravely concealed only feeds the false sense of power that validates The People.


It is never a good idea to encourage fascists with displays of cowardice.

That is why Ms Angela Haggerty had her day in court to give sworn evidence that saw Mr David Limond of the Rangers Chat podcast sent down for 6 months in 2013.

In that moment she showed more courage than all the macho types on the sports desks.

At the time I recall that her case was discussed on the Follow Follow message board with the usual Unsurpassed Dignity.

One Churchillian chap ruminated that this moment was her 15 minutes of fame and that her journalistic career would go nowhere.

She is now the news editor of the Sunday Herald and is a nationally recognised columnist.

Then in 2014 when she was interviewed on BBC Television about the financial issues around the Ibrox sag the klan proceeded to meltdown.

It was not lost on the Guardian media commentator Professor Roy Greenslade that something very dark was happening.

For the avoidance of doubt, there is always something very dark going on at Ibrox…

Although it is important for a journalist like Ms Haggerty to show such exemplary courage I accept that employers have a duty of care to their employees.

Moreover, when health and safety matters are in play then other bets are off.

To this end, I fully understand the point of view of a bookstore manager when he recently told me that he would love to have me in one of his Glasgow city centre shops to do a book signing for my debut novel.

However, he has a duty of care to his staff and their experience in the summer of 2012 with Downfall left them in no doubt as to the censorious nature of the klan.

Through all the chaos this dedicated professional supported his staff and faced down the fascists who invaded his store.

Downfall is still on sale there and it still sells.

It was important that the Ibrox chaps failed to have a book banned.

If the klan had won on Downfall then it would not have been the last title and I would not have been the last author to suffer from that mob censorship.

I have written here passim that there was a story behind the reason why Deloitte resigned as auditors of Rangers International Football (RIFC).

Recently I received a copy of a letter dated 19th June 2015.

This was shortly after the Off Licence Putsch.

The missive is from Deloitte to the directors of RIFC.

This  letter details that:

“Members of the engagement team and other Deloitte partners unconnected with the audit received threatening or intimidating messages from anonymous third party sources”.

The letter continues that because of these health and safety concerns it was the decision of Deloitte to resign as auditors.

Three days ago I wrote to Deloitte apropos this three year old missive.

The following day I received this from a senior person in their PR department:


Hi Phil,

We are not commenting further on this one.



I can only take it from that response that the people at Deloitte have not questioned the authenticity of the letter.

This vignette is worth reporting because it should remind everyone on Planet Fitba of one important fact.

When you read the latest gushing pish in the radar press about Sevco remember that fear plays a part in the succulent coverage.


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