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Record View; Human touch hits the mark.

TONY Blair came to Scotland and did what he does best. He brought the debate about citizenship to the level that matters - the human level.

The Prime Minister embodies the argument for keeping the British family together.

His own family tree, which criss-crosses the borders of the component countries of the United Kingdom, illustrates the damage that would be done by separatism.

The Blair relatives in Scotland, England and Ireland would be divided by the new barriers that would be erected by the SNP's separate Scotland.

They are typical of millions of families who would be split into "real" Scots and second-class Scots who would have to apply for citizenship.

Children of Scots living in other parts of the UK would be made to feel like aliens in what they regard as their homeland.

We may live in different parts of the United Kingdom, but we are kin, bound together by ties of blood, history and common experience.

Trying to separate us would be like unravelling a rare and complicated tapestry. You cannot do it without ruining it.

Together we are stronger. We can be proud to be British AND Scottish.

A sad lesson

CELTIC Boys Club founder Jim Torbett's sordid sex abuse of starry-eyed young boys was exposed by the Daily Record.

We take pride in the persistence and old-fashioned investigative journalism that unmasked Torbett.

But we take no pleasure in a case that has tarnished a great name and revived agonising memories for the victims.

A disturbing aspect is the allegation of a cover-up to maintain Celtic's image. That is shameful, but the present Parkhead chief Fergus McCann has taken steps to ensure Celtic- daft youngsters are not put at risk.

Torbett cruelly exploited the club's name and fame to prey on eager and vulnerable boys whose heads were filled with dreams of football stardom. They are now men, tortured by their memories.

No one but Torbett knows how many other boys grew into manhood, keeping their secret out of misplaced loyalty, shame or fear.

Celtic have learned you can never be too careful about the welfare of children and young people. It is a lesson for us all.

Watch carefully

ITALIAN stallion "Tavriano Delvechhio", who wowed the Trisha talk show with his tales of conquest, turns out to be Fife car salesman Scott MacDougall.

He says it is easy to hoax such shows because they are not too bothered about facts and most guests are fibbing or exaggerating.

The voracious appetite of sensation-seeking "confession" programmes makes it easy for them to be hoaxed. Peak- time "prestige" documentaries have been proved to be fakes.

Just because you see it with your very eyes on TV doesn't mean it's true.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 13, 1998
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