An Excerpt from the Novel ‘Checking Out of the Hotel Euthanasia’ by Gerard Graham due to be published by Ringwood Publishing 30th June 2017.
The Communists, by comparison, stood dumbstruck and agog on their half of the pitch watching this precise synchronized performance unfold before their eyes.Jolted out of their stupor by the referee whistling for the start of the match, the Communists moved into their usual formation, honed over the last decade by their ‘cult of the personality’ manager Big Tam (so named, in typical Glasgow inverse humour, for the reason that he stood 5 foot 1 inch tall).Big Tam preferred having the goalkeeper operate ‘Relative Deprivation’ of goals protected by a ‘United Front’ defence who would quickly get the ball to the ‘Central Committee’ of the midfield, then to the ‘Left Wing’ to cross to the ‘Popular Front’ forwards to score an ‘Ideological’ goal.The Anarchists, on the other hand, were the opposite of the concepts of ‘Horizontalism’ and ‘Hierarchy’ now that Billy McGlinchey was the out and out leader and authority figure that delegated actions and expected responses from his team.This resulted in individuals willingly giving up their autonomy to fulfill their specific roles within the team.There was no ‘Revolutionary Spontaneity’ from any of them as they followed the specific game plan revolving around the ‘Social Centre’ half and where all players were slaves to the control of Billy.They were also joined by ‘Radical Cheerleading’ from eight attractive and disconcertingly flexible female anarchists dressed in bright blue spandex leotards performing flying leaps, jumping jacks and human pyramids at the side of the pitch.The Communists were certainly distracted by the unusual sight of eight nubile young women as they threw their hands in the air, ‘like you just don’t care’, shaking their brightly coloured pompoms and chanting, ‘One, two, three, four, who are we for, An-ar-chy! Rah! Rah! Rah!’
Needless to say the Anarchists capitalized on giving up their individual freedom for the governance, preparation and organisation of the team by Billy and quickly went three goals up to the dismay of Rab and the Communist team as their Berlin Wall of a defence collapsed and they looked as rusty as a field of tractors during Stalin’s five-year agricultural plan.The Communists were getting the run around which led at half time to a purge of recriminations, reflection and analysis of the reasons for the failure.