Murphy Rages Against the ‘Infernal Machine’

Jim Murphy is giving his valedictory speech at Policy Exchange this lunchtime.

He’s got some choice words for the Tories, and goes surprisingly easy on Miliband:

David Cameron seized the time and was out on the morning after the referendum to make an announcement about English Votes for English Laws. At 2am on referendum night I was in the BBC studio to be told by Michael Gove that the Prime Minster would unveil his plans that morning. Instead of travelling to Scotland to celebrate and thank Scotland he did the opposite.

His aim?

To create a grievance to engender an English nationalism.

He failed initially.

But then he succeeded beyond his wildest ambition.

The SNP seized on Camerons actions as proof of the bad faith of Westminster and used it to bind the Yes vote together.

The full force of this wasnt felt until the short campaign.

But an infernal machine had been created in which the threat of the SNP holding the balance of power at Westminster fuelled an English backlash which in turn added to some non-nationalist Scottish voters who last year voted No then voted for the SNP last month.

Of course, Labour’s wipeout was nothing to do with taking the heartland for granted for decades, completely miscalculating why people were voting SNP, poisoning the well themselves and letting Gordon Brown run the Scottish Labour Party for thirty years. Nope, still the evil Tor-ees.

David Starkey: SNP Prove Democracy Does Not Work

Starkey is not backing down on his SNP = Nazis thesis…

Jon Stewart Compares Sturgeon to Saddam Hussein

JS: The SNP won 56 out of 59 seats… it was unprecedented.

NS: I’ve ordered an inquiry into how come we didn’t win those other three. It reports directly to me.

JS: Those other three? You think you’re Saddam Hussein? You want 99%. 56 out of 59 is pretty good!

NS: Well you know, I always think you should aim for more.

‘Eck-Rated: Salmond’s Mile High Nose Dig

The former First Minister was filmed digging for victory by a fellow passenger on a flight down from Aberdeen. In all he spends over a minute picking, inspecting and picking again:

Readers can make their minds up about whether his finger then went to his mouth:

Living up to his reputation as Westminster’s bogeyman…

Via Dawn Sutherland

Alex Salmond #EverydaySexism

Alex Salmond risks life and limb telling Anna Soubry:

“The Treasury bench should behave better in these debates, she should be setting an example to your new members not cavorting about like some demented junior minister – behave yourself, woman.”

A brave choice of opponent…

UPDATE: Soubs hits back with one of her tamer remarks:

Why Are the SNP Wearing White Roses?

Invoking the glorious ’45, the 56 SNP MPs have turned up to the Queen’s Speech wearing white roses: the Jacobite symbol.

As the Queen visits Parliament, they seem to be calling for the restoration of the House of Stuart:

Bonnie Prince Charlie’s living descendent and heir is Franz, Duke of Bavaria. Are the SNP calling for him to take the throne?

Sports and Social is SNP’s Next Target

It’s not just Labour’s traditional seats in the Commons that the SNP are after, now the nationalist horde are coming for their favourite bar. The taxpayer-subsidised Sports and Social Club is popular with Labour MPs and their visiting trade union brothers, earning it the nickname “The Sports and Socialist”, but change is coming. As Guido revealed in the Sun yesterday, plans are afoot amongst SNP MPs to rename the dingy watering hole the “Rabbie Burns Bar”.

Friday Caption Contest (Salmond Champagne Edition)

Entries in the comments below.

The winner of this week will get their hands on the #EdStone:

Well a 3D printed version of it, thanks to our friends at CEL

Top Brown Ally to Murphy: Get Oot

Dear Jim

I am writing to you to advise that I am, from this morning, standing down from the position as Labour’s spokesperson for Local Government and Community Empowerment in the Scottish Parliament.

I said yesterday at the meeting of

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Och! Jim Murphy in Jock C*ck Shock?

Jim Murphy reveals yet another dire Scottish Labour poll:

Put your deterrent away, Jim…

Murphy was playing in a penalty shootout to raise money for motor neurone disease sufferer Gordon Aikman. You can donate here.[…]

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Ashcroft: Murphy and Dougie Set to Lose Seats to SNP

Jim Murphy is trailing the SNP by 9 points in his East Renfrewshire seat, according to the latest Ashcroft constituency polling.

Wee Dougie Alexander is also behind by 11 points in Paisley.

LibDem MP for Berwickshire Michael Moore’s seat falls […]

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