This was a man who was one of the most vociferous in favour of going into Iraq, believed that the response to Iraqi prisoner abuse by US and UK troops was to be "slow to condemn" and be "very quick to support and understand", and is a former drinking buddy of another war criminal Radovan Karadzic. He is also said to have sexually harassed Labour colleague Dawn Primarolo.
In the words of other colleagues, Reid is a "patronising bastard". This was amply demonstrated by his call last year for Muslim parents to watch their children. This from a man who regularly belted out IRA ditties during his own youth.
I think I'm probably down about this as I thought we were getting shot of this man at the next general election. Rather, we're going to be treated to more Reidisms in the years to come. At least Tony Blair had the common sense to bog off to the Middle East. Still, it could be well worth getting a hold of some Celtic shares just to turn up to the AGM.
UPDATE: The ETims article I linked to above uncovers the possible reason for Reid's appointment:
... according to Katherine Griffiths, City Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph”, Reid was offered the post simply to further Dermot Desmon’s own business interests: “The appointment of Mr Reid, 60, has been pushed for by Dermot Desmond, the Irish entrepreneur who is the largest shareholder in the club. Mr Reid might also become involved in the airport security company, Daon, which is backed by Mr Desmond. Sources said the financier is keen to get access to Mr Reid’s formidable contacts book, which includes people such as America’s head of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff.” Griffiths then goes on to use the usual nameless sources: “Meanwhile, sources said Mr Reid’s potential involvement with Mr Desmond’s other interests might make him unpopular with Celtic’s fans. ‘Being chairman of Celtic is of great importance in Scotland. If it seems Reid is getting it so he will help Desmond sell his airport security company’s services around the world, it will not be popular,’ one source said.”
Doan if you didn’t know is involved in developing biometrics technology to identify people through physical features such as eyes, facial scans and fingerprints - in other words the same technologies the government is hoping to use in the proposed, and highly controversial ID Cards and other security projects. One would argue that a politician who has responsibility for such a policy, suddenly upping sticks and receiving money from a company that could benefit from his previous decisions, could be classed as out and out corruption.