So the BBC runs with a story on Radio four based on Jim Murphy’s claims of mobs and physical threat – so far none of which are confirmed by the police – and ends with one sentence about an actual conviction in court of an individual for threatening the First Minister…AND didn’t mention the offence was a threat to assassinate him.
One egg versus a threat to kill.
Excellent news for Better together…all over Britain the impression is given of angry mobs intimidating a member of the shadow cabinet when the big story about the campaign is its peaceful, intelligent nature.
Perhaps the qualification should be added that a man with a microphone shouting at passers-by on the street – and the filmed evidence is of Murphy really shouting and firing up spectators – is itself provocative. It’s meant to be…
But when his rabble-rousing rouses a rabble, he departs the scene complaining that people reacted. Perhaps that’s job done. I see Jack McConnell, who has falsely accused Yes before, decried the campaign too for chasing poor Jim away. Why does this smell like a stunt?
Is it because nobody believes what they say? Is it because it fits the serpentine mind of Murphy to turn black into white and to stick in the barbs at every turn? During the Catholic Church Peter Kearney-led campaign a couple of years ago to whip up ill feeling with claims of anti-catholic attitudes, Murphy was quoted saying someone had called him a Catholic when he was canvassing. Dearie me…imagine someone who backs weapons of mass destruction, illegal wars and Tory policies that impoverish the weakest being cat-called…Is there no decorum any more…no respect for honourable and honest men to speak out?
I don’t agree with physical attacks – even if the law does decide to define an egg as an object of violence – nor do I like crowd chanting of words like traitor but, to be honest, the question comes to mind: What did he expect? The evidence is that No people just don’t turn up, don’t engage or debate – I read that Murphy has pulled out of an event this very night in another of the long list of Better Together let-downs – and if you stand on a crate in the street and shout in the middle of a massive political campaign during an age when people can’t afford to eat, do you really expect a throng of smiling, doe-eyed Christians to gather round shaking tambourines?
Still, looks like it worked…Honest Jim, the brave trier, has been forced to retreat by the mob while his security is re-arranged.
Know what I really hate about Jim’s behaviour? It’s not about Yes and No – it’s that he has successfully tarnished the image of Scotland when we should be at our proudest.
The best word for Jim isn’t patriot (Catholic or otherwise) – it’s intellectual crook.
Just remember, when the history is written, It is Yes that will be recalled with credit and Yes that is studied as a worldwide example of how real democracy can work.by