I feel that the BBC must be applauded for showing some balance in its reporting of Scottish politics for a change. After all it is enshrined in the BBC’s charter and if they didn’t comply with that then we would all complain to the BBC Trust who would sort them out. Here is what I’m talking about:
BBC News Website 08/03/2015
As you can see there are two videos over on the right there, one of Jim Murphy and the other of Alex Salmond. Both have equal prominence, all above-board I’m sure you would agree. But wait, what’s this? If I hover ma wee moose ower the videos it shows me how long they are, like this:
Alex Salmond video length
So Wee Eck has got himself a 44 second slot on the government’s main propaganda website, not too shabby. So how has Jim Murphy fared? More or less? Let’s hae a wee peek:
Jim Murphy video length
More than half an hour! Presumably Alex Salmond will be getting another slot which is 29:55 soon, because I know how balanced and fair the BBC really are, aren’t they?
Our old pal Jim Murphy MP, branch manager of the North Britain branch of the UK Labour party couldn’t resist a at the home of football – Pittodrie. There he was showing the assembled press his silky skills while the UK parliament voted on fracking in Westminster (546 miles away by road).
This was a bit odd after he and his party had spent the whole weekend telling us that they were going to vote to stop fracking from taking place, however when the vote came the majority of the Labour MPs abstained from voting at all. It would appear that they lied.
Labour’s Fracking Poster
They also lied about voting to transfer powers over fracking to the Scottish parliament, they lied about that too. This just after they had voted with the Tories for another £30 billion in austerity cuts and voted FOR spending over £100 billion on renewing Trident nuclear missiles.
Jim Murphy wants to replace Trident
Who can trust a party like that?
Jim Murphy plays keepy-up instead of voting
If Amazon were to call me and say that they have placed my order in a box, would that mean that my order had been delivered? Of course not, the order would only be considered delivered once I had it in my hands. So why is it that the various Unionist parties keep saying that “The Vow” has been delivered?
Even our saviour, Jim Murphy MP, was at it in the Daily Ranger. He wrote, “Home rule for Scotland is now a prize within our grasp. With the delivery of the Vow on more powers for Scotland, we can now leave behind the old divisions of the past and work together for Scotland.”
I’m guessing that the old divisions of the past are between those that vote Labour and those that don’t. But I was intrigued by the Home Rule part, what exactly does Home Rule mean? The Oxford Dictionary defines it as: “The government of a colony, dependent country, or region by its own citizens, in particular as advocated for Ireland 1870–1914.” The dictionary goes on to say this about Home Rule:
“The campaign for Irish home rule was one of the dominant forces in British politics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly in that Irish nationalists frequently held the balance of power in the House of Commons. A Home Rule Act was finally passed in 1914 but was suspended until after the First World War; after the Easter Rising of 1916 and Sinn Fein’s successes in the general election of 1918, southern Ireland became the Irish Free State in 1921.”
Notice that it states that Irish Nationalists frequently held the balance of power. Is that not a possibility for Scottish Nationalists after GE2015? It goes on to say that the Irish Free State was created in 1921. I’m not sure if I believe that history repeats itself, but it would certainly be nice if it did.
Great Seal of Irish Free State
Jim “Omelette” Murphy is a friend of big business and the rich. He voted AGAINST laws which would have made tax avoidance much harder. Perhaps it was because he receives donations from big business and rich individuals?
For instance, from 10 March 2014 to 10 October 2014 our illustrious branch office manager candidate received the use of a research assistant from Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP, admittedly he did share this person with another MP but the total cost would have been £54250. A decent gift from the arch tax avoiders and tax avoidance advisers. But this gift in kind came after his vote, perhaps as a way of saying thank you?
On the 25th October 2013 he received a gift of £10000 from Mr Alan Sharr, ostensibly for his office. But who is Alan Sharr I hear you ask? Well he is none other than the Principal of Marriotts Chartered Accountants, specialists in “Tax Minimisation.”
On 6 June 2011 he received some “Policy Advice” from non other than our old friends Pricewaterhouse Coppers LLP which had a value of £15000. No wonder he voted against tax avoidance laws.