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Did Nicola Sturgeon, the formidable SNP leader and current First Minster of Scotland, emerge as the winner from last night’s televised debate of the “challengers” in the UK general election? She certainly seems to have put Ed Miliband on the defensive more than once, though much of the centre-left media in Britain is spinning the Labour Party leader as holding his own against his rivals.

David Cameron, the Tory leader and incumbent British prime minster, was of course not present since he is seeking to avoid future head-to-heads with his opponents, judging that he has everything to loose and very little to gain by such contests. Some observers believe that he may regret the decision to try and appear statesmanlike and above the torrid fray of party politics. His absence was notable during the debate. This of course also meant that Nick Clegg, head of the Lib Dem minnows in the coalition, was automatically excluded – which is a disaster for him as he needs every opportunity he can get to sell…

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All your base are belong to us Jim.

Originally posted on Wee Ginger Dug:

James Francis Murphy BA Politics (failed)’s sharply honed political instincts are being borne out. He told us there would be a late surge in Labour’s vote, and he’s right. There is indeed a late surge in the Labour vote, it’s just the surge is in the opposite direction from the one he was hoping for. On Monday another Scottish opinion poll was published, showing that the SNP are on 52%, yes you did read that right, and the Greens on 3%. That’s an increase of 6% in the SNP’s vote share, and a corresponding drop of 6% in Labour’s. Some projections based on these figures would leave Labour with just two seats in Scotland, neither of which would be Jim Murphy’s. Fears and smears end in tears Jim, and now all your base are belong to us.

If this poll is right, then 55% of the Scottish vote is going…

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Are you still there Gordon?.

Originally posted on Wee Ginger Dug:

I didn’t get up to watch the, ahem, debate on the Scottish Politics Show on Sunday morning. It was another of BBC Scotland’s sterling efforts to disengage punters from politics. A news announcer on Sky News called it “lively”, which is a bit like calling a lynch mob lively. I caught the debate on iplayer later in the day. Well I say debate, it was more three Unionist politicians in a tag team throwing buckets of shite at Nicla Sturgeon while Gordon Brewer polished his nails and wondered when it was all going to be over.

Calling it shouty is an unkindness to crazy people who scream delusional madness in the street. Shoutiness at least involves coherent words, sometimes even entire sentences. This was just inchoate screams from the grave that James Frances Murphy BA Politics (failed), the Action Krankie, and Wee Wullie the driver of the Number 17 to…

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Originally posted on An Sionnach Fionn:

A British soldier on foot patrol in Belfast, Ireland, using two young Irish boys for cover A British soldier on foot patrol in Belfast, Ireland, using two young Irish boys for cover

As feared the short piece on the Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams by 60 Minutes, the primetime current affairs show for the CBS television network in the United States, largely met the low expectations set by most seasoned observers of American international journalism. Frankly it was like watching a British TV news broadcast from the 1970s or ’80s, one informing the viewers back in Britain about the conflict in “Northern Ireland” while adhering to the propaganda-line crafted by the government, intelligence services and armed forces. Thus through the eyes of the 60 Minutes’ correspondent Scott Pelley – and the US news media in general – a complex post-colonial conflict about nationality and politics was reduced to hackneyed nonsense about warring religious tribes of Catholics and Protestants in Ireland still loyal to ancient historical grudges. I don’t think I can go any better than the dire summation of Ed Moloney, an Irish writer and journalist who knows…

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