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All your base are belong to us Jim

All your base are belong to us Jim.

All your base are belong to us Jim

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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?

Are you still there Gordon?.

Are you still there Gordon?

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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American Reporting On Ireland Plays Like An Episode Of The Sons Of Anarchy

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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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PETE FOR PERTH NEWS EDITION #4

PETE FOR PERTH NEWS EDITION #4.

PETE FOR PERTH NEWS EDITION #4

Pete for Perth News

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Well that was some weekend! On Friday night when stories were starting to come through that ‘Nicola Sturgeon would prefer a Tory Government’, I’m sure I wasn’t alone in thinking “what on earth is this?” In fact, it only took about an hour for the Tory-supporting Telegraph’s story (a leaked memo recording an alleged conversation between the First Minister and the French Consul) to be debunked, when all the participants in a third-hand conversation said that no such comments had been made. This didn’t stop Labour, though. Within minutes they were gleefully communicating this message in order to try and smear the First Minister, just as social media was tearing the story apart. The spectacle of all sorts of Labour members now deleting these messages will go down as one of the defining social media moments of the campaign. Out on the campaign trail in Perthshire, people were genuinely horrified…

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PETE FOR PERTH NEWS EDITION #4

Pete for Perth News

IMG_2287

Well that was some weekend! On Friday night when stories were starting to come through that ‘Nicola Sturgeon would prefer a Tory Government’, I’m sure I wasn’t alone in thinking “what on earth is this?” In fact, it only took about an hour for the Tory-supporting Telegraph’s story (a leaked memo recording an alleged conversation between the First Minister and the French Consul) to be debunked, when all the participants in a third-hand conversation said that no such comments had been made. This didn’t stop Labour, though. Within minutes they were gleefully communicating this message in order to try and smear the First Minister, just as social media was tearing the story apart. The spectacle of all sorts of Labour members now deleting these messages will go down as one of the defining social media moments of the campaign. Out on the campaign trail in Perthshire, people were genuinely horrified…

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Plus change, plus la même chose

Plus change, plus la même chose.

Plus change, plus la même chose

Wee Ginger Dug

So a wee while ago there was a meeting between La Nicla, which is defined in French dictionaries as “la femme qui puts les shiteurs up l’establaissment britannique”, and the French ambassador. The purpose of the meeting may or may not have been to have a wee laugh at George Osborne’s attempts to make political capital out of the Battle of Agincourt, but La Nicla and L’Ambassadeuse had a wee natter over some Ferrero Rocher about things that diplomatic protocol says that ambassadors and first ministers should have a wee natter about, and as is normal minutes were taken and a report was sent as a matter of courtesy to the UK Foreign Office. There is apparently no truth in the rumour that the minutes of the meeting were taken by someone on work placement from Reporting Scotland, but since the British media doesn’t feel the need to check their…

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