Knowing Jim, knowing Ruth; Aha!

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I saw a chart earlier based on online responses to the Leaders’ Debate that was shown on BBC One Scotland this evening.  The debate was between Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP, Ruth Davidson of the Scottish Conservatives, Jim Murphy of Scottish labour, Patrick Harvie from the Scottish Green Party, Scottish Liberal Democrat Willie Rennie; and rather unfortunately for anyone watching, UKIP’s David Coburn.

Unsurprisingly, Nicola Sturgeon topped the chart with the most positive responses whilst David Coburn was placed last.

What I did find surprising, at least at first, was the fact that Scottish Labour’s Jim Murphy placed behind Ruth Davidson.  A Tory received a higher positive response than someone from Labour in Scotland.  Just think about that for a second…

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To all the lassies (and laddies)

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Yesterday at Scottish Labour’s conference in Edinburgh, MP David Hamilton stood up and delivered a speech in which he threw out cheap shots at the First Minister of Scotland.  He looked at Scotland’s first female First Minister and attempted to reduce her to a mere hairstyle in order to secure some laughs.  And laughs he did receive, alongside whoops and applause as he referred to Nicola Sturgeon as the “Wee lassie wi a tin helmet”.

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The call yourself whatever you like party.

I received a Scottish Labour campaign leaflet through my door this afternoon; I picked it up with an uncontrollable groan as I cast my eyes across more empty rhetoric on our supposed NHS crisis.  NHS crisis klaxon is the new oil is running out klaxon, just in case you didn’t know.

I was just about to crumple it up and chuck it in the recycling bin when the imprint caught my eye:

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