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John McTernan (The purple tuxedo with red lining and a flowery green and grey shirt tell us he shops at Royal Blind) John McTernan
(The purple tuxedo with red lining and a flowery green and grey shirt tell us he shops at Royal Blind)

All your questions answered about John McTernan, ace political strategist and spin doctor employed by Labour’s Scottish branch office as saviour to Jim Murphy, and to guide Labour in Scotland to a victorious win at the General Election – not.

Question:  What’s his background?
Answer:  Scots assume he’s a Scot but he was born in London in 1959. He was policy adviser for the ex-BBC Radio Scotland dead-head James Boyle who gave us the moribund anti-creative Creative Scotland. Later he became special adviser to Harriet Harmon when she was in charge of Social Security.

Q: Programmed by Labour from the get-go?                                                                                      A: There’s more. He was a Labour UK adviser on health, welfare, regeneration, defence and Scotland; and was Tony Blair’s director of political operations. As director of communications…

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