He's appearing before the Irish Racing Board today.
I couldn't help but notice how the issue was handled on here by some posters during the week.
The photo was entirely distasteful. A man entrusted with the welfare and care of animals should always take that responsibility seriously. He is paid to do so. Animal welfare is an important social issue. It matters.
I don't know the guy all that well. I know a few in the racing industry and a few who have had horses with different trainers. I get a few tips from time to time but not being partial to a bet on the nags, I don't pay all that much attention.
I have also read during the week that some well known people in the industry say that, on the whole, he treats his animals very well and that he has renewed and re-invigorated certain horses that were sent to his yard. Many in the industry here have recognised how unacceptable the photo was but many also surmise that it was moment of utter stupidity and distaste rather than a reflection on how he treats his animals generally.
He has been subjected to a barage of vile abuse on social media. Caroline Flack's anniversary was (I think) fairly recent. She took her own life due to online abuse. I also heard on the wireless this morning that our screens are soon to be polluted with "Love Island" soon (a show which I don't watch). What we might not hear however is that two former contestants of "Love Island" took their own lives or why they did so. Still the show goes on without any apparent objection. Social media and on line abuse can be very damaging as can ill tempered judgment and relentless calls for extreme punishment.
GE sat on a dead horse and posed in profoundly stupid way for a profoundly stupid photo. The horse had died of a heart attack. The owner of the horse is keeping his horses in the yard.
GE must be punished. Equally, any punishment must be fair and proportionate, qualities which were absent from some of the posts on this issue during the week. Is he not entitled to be genuinely remorseful? to a second chance?
He employs 70-80 people locally and that is big boost to a small local economy.
The motivation behind the release of the photo is also worthy of consideration. The photo is a number of years old. The release of the photo had nothing to do with animal welfare or a concern for animal welfare. The sole purpose of releasing the photo was to inflict as much damage, personal and financial, as possible on him. That is a bandwagon that some people are sometimes all too quick to jump on, oblivious to, or unconcerned with, the damage it will cause to GE. personally and financially, with follow on consequences for his employees, family and friends.
However distasteful the photo or his actions were, he is entitled to fairness and proportionality. He is entitled to be genuinely remorseful.
The excuse he offered is unlikely to have any purchase with the decision makers. And neither should it. However, if they consider him to be genuinely remorseful, he should be given credit for that. If he is genuinely remorseful, is he note entitled to a second chance?
I hope he receives a fair punishment, which imho, amounts to a substantial fine, a temporary ban, a contribution to animal welfare groups, and an undertaking to complete a course in animal welfare.
Having read PL's gibberish this morning, I've emailed the club. It may not make a shred of difference but it's my way of responding to the antiBobby's prolix bollix.. Good luck to anyone who has or will follow suit.
Based in Ireland, I am an Ipswich Town supporter for 40 years or thereabouts. I have made a number of visits to Portman Road over the years, most memorably during the Burley years when there was a real sense of unity between the supporters, the players, the manager and the club. George Burley was Ipswich through and through. It made a real difference.
Having read Mr Lambert's pre-match comments this morning (12th February) I feel very distant from the club. Mr Lambert and Mr Taylor have failed the club. They are an insult to the club's fine history. Their unadulterated waffle and excuses in their pre and post match comments offend basic football common sense.
They have lost every game this season against opposition competing for play off places.
When will the farce end?
I would ask those involved to reflect on what is happening and the damage this is doing to a once great club. Please also consider the impact this appalling failure is having on the local community and the supporters.
"Biden's great, great, great grandfather, Edward Belwitt, left Ballina, County Mayo, Ireland for America during the Irish Famine 170 years ago, which could mean he is well disposed towards Great Britain".
3 Nuns died instantly following a car crash. They met St. Peter outside the Pearly Gates. "Names" he said. They gave their names. "OK", said St. Peter. "This should be a formality for the two passengers but I'm not so sure about the driver. Doing 120kmph in an 80kmph zone wasn't very saintly. I have to take account of the fact that you caused the crash that sent you all here". So he asks the first nun : - "What was name of the man who God created first according to Genesis" "That's easy" she said. "Adam". The trumpets blew, the gates opened and in she went. To the second nun he asked - "What was the name of woman who God created first according to Genesis". "That's easy" she said. "Eve". The trumpets blew, the gates opened and in she went. To the third, he said : - "Hmm. I'm not so sure about you. What was the first thing Eve said to Adam". "Oh Christ that's a hard one. Can you make it easy for me?" The trumpets blew, the gates opened and in she went.