I’ve seen some sick things in my time, but the jackals manipulating Paul Gascoigne have to be stopped before a broken man dies.
There is so much I want to write about this, so much of this seedy, maggot infested side of ‘show business’ I want to share with you but I could do without being sued. So I’ll stick to what’s in the public domain. There’s more than enough out there already for you to make up your own minds about what’s right and what’s wrong.
As you will know by now, the legend turned tragedy that is Paul Gascoigne has hit the headlines again. It’s difficult to keep absolutely up to speed with the life and times of Gazza. You would have thought that the Raul Moat business might have been a catalyst of some sort. That someone would have stepped out of the shadows and tried to help the man.
You can’t make Paul do anything he doesn’t want to because he’s very ill. But you can control the way that you deal with Paul. For example, you can’t make him stop drinking. But you can not offer to buy him pint. You can’t make him look after himself, but you can refuse to play a part in that which might cause him harm. This won’t wave a magic wand, but it reduces the bad options that are available to him. It might not appear much, but having scruples isn’t a big, look at me, showy affair.
In principle the decision to get Gazza working was a probably not a bad one. Get some genuine purpose into his life again. Rekindle some flames from his first and perhaps only true love, football. Show him that despite all the madness he was still admired, respected and loved. To an emotionally charged character like Paul, there would be a lot of potentially good things to be taken from getting out there and being Paul Gascoigne again. Not as some soaked drunk in a pool hall, but a man holding court in a corporate environment.
Sadly greed doesn’t give a damn about people. Greed throws people into a big juicer. Squishes them, slurps the gloop, burps and naffs off in search of another body.
Here’s some footage of the latest attempt to get Paul back out and working. You will see Paul paraded as a demented wreck in public. It’s easy to point the finger after the event, especially when trying to control a loose cannon like Paul.
But that is not only no excuse, it actually makes matters worse as the potential for disaster was always going to outweigh the potential for success. This was on the cards. Not a surprise. The compere could clearly see the state Paul was in, yet made the incredibly stupid and ultimately dreadful decision to continue.
To let him go out on stage in such a condition is unforgivable. Paul was shaking like he had Parkinson’s and at 2.40 on the tape, the compere holds Paul’s arm to lesson the shaking. How kind. How caring.
When he came on he was shaking and the reaction of the people I was sitting with was that he should not have been allowed to appear.
There was no anger, just a great deal of sympathy for him. He did use bad language and that was embarrassing. He was on stage for about 12 minutes and answered some questions.”
Audience member, Park Inn Hotel Northampton
The moment the compere saw the condition Paul was in and decided to get him helped up onto the stage was the very instant Paul was exploited. This must be the very last time this can happen. Don’t buy Paul a pint, don’t sell Paul beer and whatever you do, don’t pay to watch a man in this much trouble be humiliated, ever again.