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Here’s what Jim Murphy was doing in the run-up to Iraq

From the BBC News archives in March 2002…

Murphy Iraq

A fine head of hair. Still quite sinister though…

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Can we put the “largest party forms government” thing to bed now?

Surely this must be the final word on the ongoing “Vote SNP, get Tory”, “Vote SNP, get a UKIP-Green hybrid” and “Vote Green, get lucky with an unwashed activist” nonsense.

Here is the government’s own Cabinet Manual, released in October 2011, subtitled “a guide to laws, conventions and rules on the operation of government”. If you’re so inclined, you can read the whole thing here, but I’ve picked out the important bits below.

You might notice a distinct lack of anything stating “the largest party gets to be the government”…

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Spot the difference

Signs that Westminster might be panicking slightly:


Vote SNP and you’ll let Labour win! Aaarrggghhh!!

Of course, it could be worse. Labour recently tweeted this portrait of a dystopian future.

A Tory government you didn't vote for? Inconceivable!

A Tory government you didn’t vote for? Inconceivable!

Of course, both of these posters ignore the fact that even if every single Scottish constituency had voted Labour in 2010, we’d still have got the current Tory-LibDem outcome.

Here’s a radical idea – why not vote based on who you think will represent you best?

Health is devolved, Jim

Dear Mr Murphy,

As an experienced politician you are surely aware that health is devolved to Holyrood, yes?

If so, this general election poster makes no sense.


Basically, either Labour know fine well that this is pish and have published it anyway, hoping that you won’t notice, or they have no idea about the current constitutional setup.

Either way, voting for them in May looks like a terrible idea.

After the No vote

In this, the first in a series of articles exploring the post-referendum settlement, we meet several ordinary Scots who breathed a sigh of relief on the morning of September 19th.

Margaret, 55, from Glasgow East

Margaret from Glasgow East

Margaret from Glasgow East

Margaret had worked in Edinburgh for years, before deciding in 2010 to apply for a new job in London.

“I was really scared that all the time I’d put into my career was going to count for nothing”, she explained. “I finally secured myself a huge pension and a cosy retirement down here where it matters, after slogging away for years in the regional office. It’s all well and good saying the poor and the needy would have been better off, but I have to think about my own career.”

Jim, 47, from East Renfrewshire

Jim from Renfrewshire

Jim from Renfrewshire

Jim worked for the National Union of Students in the 1990s, before taking up a job in London in 1997.

“On a personal level, a Yes vote would have been disastrous”, Jim told us. “Just now I’m earning a basic salary of £66,396 plus expenses in 2013/14 of £196,969.33, so obviously I’m bloody delighted that things turned out the way they did.”

“Hopefully my work over the last few months will stand me in good stead for another promotion soon enough.”

Gordon, 63, from Kirkaldy

Gordon from Kirkaldy

Gordon from Kirkaldy

Gordon worked in London from 1983 until his semi-retirement in 2010.

“I basically stopped showing up for my day job in 2010”, Gordon told us, “so now I spend time giving after-dinner speeches. I’ve made over a million pounds on the side this way, so obviously I don’t want my stature to be diminished by a silly idea like Alex Salmond’s.”


In our next article, we’ll meet some of the less well-off Scots, whom the referendum result has condemned to a future of food banks, illegal wars and marginalisation…