Rusbridger The Worst Editor in the World Part 233(a) 73

The incredible disappearing Jim Murphy. At 18.50 on the front (home) page of the Guardian, top left, appeared a story by Libby Brooks entitled “Scottish Labour Leader Criticised Over Proposal to end Football Alcohol Ban”. I clicked and read the story briefly, in which domestic abuse organisations and the police were criticising Murphy for proposing to allow alcohol at football again. I saw the article a minute after it went up, and as yet there were no comments.

I then returned to the home page to see what else was in the paper, and my eye was caught by the normally welcome absence of Jim Murphy. Within three minutes of being put on the front page, the story had been taken off. By clicking back I could get to it again; it was still there. But there was no link to it any more on the home page and no way to find it if you did not know it was there.

There are two points here. One is The Guardian, which with the BBC has been telling us for a week solid that Jim Murphy is the Messiah, could not have a story revealing what a plonker Murphy is, up for three minutes, without burying it.

The second point is Murphy’s dangerous populism. He has already announced he would repeal the Scottish Parliament’s anti-sectarian measures. He now wants to reintroduce alcohol fuelling of football rivalries. It seems that Murphy has correctly identified the level of core Labour support and is pandering to it. The efforts to rectify some of the more glaring social problems in Scotland have been politically brave in the past few years. For a nasty lowest common denominator rabble rouser like Murphy to start trying to drum up Neanderthal appeal, is deeply unedifying.

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  • BrianFujisan

    “Doesn’t that strike you as an odd demographic to support? I can’t help but think there is something more subtle to it than that.”

    There is –

    Glasgow and the West ( Make Em Wild Again ) Cnts…

    Great post Craig.. Thanks,

  • Anon

    Tomorrow’s FT headline:

    “Oil rout would have wrecked an independent Scotland’s finances – OBR study shows North Sea revenues would have slumped to a fifth of Holyrood forecast.”

  • Silvio

    The Boston Marathon bombing – another case of, “dubious official claims, inconsistencies and outright lies” while still forming another convenient pretext to strengthen the USA national security state. Quelle surprise!

    Boston Marathon Bombing: A Primer
    Dec 21, 2014 by The WhoWhatWhy Team

    As the defining domestic national security event since 9/11, the Boston Marathon Bombing has played a major role in expanding the power of the security state. Although the media quickly accepted the government’s assertions that it had captured the culprits, that the culprits were “lone wolves” and that there was nothing more to the story, an ongoing exclusive investigation by WhoWhatWhy, launched the week of the event, suggests otherwise.

    In the course of our inquiries, we have found and documented a veritable mountain of dubious official claims, inconsistencies and outright lies—plus a concerted campaign to prejudice the public regarding the accused, prior to trial. We have also reported on a campaign of harassment against prospective witnesses whose knowledge might cast doubt on the accepted narrative. We have made no judgments or claims about guilt or innocence, but we are certain that the full story has been obscured from the very start. The big question? Why.

    We intend to keep pressing for answers, so stay tuned to WhoWhatWhy for additional exclusive coverage through the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and beyond. In the meantime, you can get up to speed with this hand-picked selection of our most essential stories below.

  • oddie

    Mary – also meant to say BBC World Service is so disgustingly propagandistic these day, i wish Brits were hearing it themselves, because they might then demand less funding go there.

  • Silvio

    Can you spell P-A-T-S-I-E-S boys and girls?

    Oswald and Atta: Erratic, Protected and Seeking Attention

    by Kevin Ryan

    Graeme MacQueen’s new book, The 2001 Anthrax Deception, reveals stunning links between the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax attacks that immediately followed. The book also reviews some of the interesting actions taken by alleged hijacker leader, Mohamed Atta, in the years preceding 9/11. These actions suggest that Atta was trying to leave the people he encountered with memories that would support the official myth. In the few years before JFK’s assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald engaged in similar attention-seeking actions. Considering this leads to the discovery that Oswald and Atta had a lot in common.

  • Kempe

    “Can you spell P-A-T-S-I-E-S boys and girls? ”

    Yes. I can also spell G-U-L-L-I-B-L-E, I-D-I-O-T and T-I-N-F-O-I-L-H-A-T.

  • DoNNyDarKo

    Anon, No-one predicted the fall in oil prices. The SNP made calculations based on what were at the time reasonable projections.
    The SNP said oil would be the bonus of Independence but not the financial support for it.
    They promised not to squander oil revenues as Westminster have,but there is nowhere where it was given as a reason for independence.The NO side and Fred had a fixation with the oil price not the SNP.
    If you can produce any evidence to the contrary please cough it up.

  • Mary

    The story is that Cameron wants this squelched but May is determined to see it through. Information or misinformation?

    Child abuse inquiry: Survivors want new panel and extra powers
    Labour has criticised Theresa May for failing to get the inquiry “off the ground”

    May ‘could disband child abuse panel’
    May wants more powerful abuse inquiry
    ‘100 suggestions’ to chair abuse probe

    Dozens of child abuse survivors have urged the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.

    In a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May, they called for a new inquiry with the power to “compel witnesses to give evidence under oath”.

    This followed a leaked letter from Mrs May in which she told current inquiry members their panel might be disbanded.


  • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)


    “The liquor store thingy doesn’t really work…. forces people to bulk buy,just in case.”

    I can’t remember how the British Columbia system worked/works as far as quantitative limits are concerned but I do remember that the Finnish state alcohol monopoly of the time did limit the quantities any individual could buy per visit.

    Of course, any control system will find people attempting to devise ways of getting around it, but provided that alcohol outlets (whether state run or the “off-licences” I mentioned are relatively thin in the ground and not on every second street corner I think that a lot of people would not go through the bother of trawling those outlets to build up stocks, so to speak.

    Apart from combatting alcohol dependency, stricter systems might also serve to discourage the kind of mindless over-consumption which causes casual violence, casual vandalism and family misery whether of a physical or financial nature.

    But, of course, govt coffers grow fat(ter) on the proceeds of what used to be called “vice”…..

  • KingOfWelshNoir


    Is there any chance you could make a resolution for 2015 and stop using the phrase ‘tinfoil hat’? It stopped being clever, funny or original about ten years ago and is now the linguistic equivalent of a mullet hair-do.

  • Mark Golding

    The movie had been scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, but on Thursday, just hours after the FBI accused Pyongyang of staging a cyber-attack on Sony, the company said the $44 million film would be shelved instead.

    ‘Shelved’ = delayed!

    ..or a ‘flat-top’ KOWN.

  • fred

    “The NO side and Fred had a fixation with the oil price not the SNP.”

    Oil prices are half what the SNP predicted and publicised before the referendum to take votes under false pretences.

    The 55% got it right, the Nationalists got it wrong.

  • KingOfWelshNoir

    A word about tinfoil hats

    The mocking term ‘tinfoil hat’ emerged originally to sneer at people who expressed concern that the government might be trying to interfere with their mental processes by means of directed microwave energy beams or similar, and thus—so the caricature goes—they tried to protect themselves by donning tinfoil hats. Yes ha ha ha. The truth is, though, that the paranoia is well-founded and naive only in the belief that tinfoil is a suitable protective shield; a lead-lined hat would be better. The US military, and no doubt the militaries of other countries, spends a lot of time and money researching these mind manipulative, non-lethal weapons. The following, for example, is a quote from New World Vistas – Air and Space Power for the 21st Century (Ancillary Volume p 89) Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

    ‘One can envision the development of electromagnetic energy sources, the output of which can be pulsed, shaped, and focused, that can couple with the human body in a fashion that will allow one to prevent voluntary muscular movements, control emotions (and thus actions), produce sleep, transmit suggestions, interfere with both short-term and long-term memory, produce an experience set, and delete an experience set.’

    This was in 1996 and there are good grounds for believing that what was ‘envisioned’ was already science fact then rather than fiction. Who knows how far they have progressed since then?

    It is ironic that the original tinfoil hat wearers were reacting to the threat of being remotely conditioned by the government and those who react with such Pavlovian automaticity to denounce them are evincing precisely the same form of conditioning. By instantly attacking those who express dissident thought they are licking the hand of their masters, like the salivating dogs in Pavlov’s lab. Instead of getting a biscuit as reward they get to feel smug.

    Really, I have one message to those who deploy this ad hominem, along with the equally vacuous ‘conspiracy theory’ (which really just means ‘that can’t be true because I don’t like it’): fight back! Take back control of your mind from your oppressors.

    You might consider as a first measure wearing a tinfoil hat. Although, as I said, a lead-lined one would be a better bet.

  • Phil

    Another boring non-story appealing to the SNP elite: select me, select me, I will be a good boy!

  • fred

    It doesn’t just seem right that the elite in the executive area can drink while it’s illegal for the lower classes in the stands. They should either ban alcohol completely at football matches of not at all.

  • Radio Jammor (@RadioJammor)

    “Oil prices are half what the SNP predicted and publicised before the referendum to take votes under false pretences.

    The 55% got it right, the Nationalists got it wrong.”


    Oil prices now would have made no difference in the event of a yes vote. You do realise independence would not have happened until at least 2016?

    So come back then with the price of oil.

    And as repeatedly pointed out, it would still have been income the Scottish Government would have had that it has never had. Unsurprisingly, oil and gas remains reserved and will remain reserved per the Smith Commission.

  • fred

    If anyone had any doubts that the SNP are a Neocon party think again because only a neaocon would think they can re-invent history and alter reality to suit themselves.

    What is happening now is not what the SNP said would happen before the referendum. They got it wrong big time, not just about the loss in revenue, but about the lack of investment in the North Sea and in renewables, the jobs and prosperity lost.

    They said Scotland would be the Saudi Arabia of renewables and just three months later Pelamis goes bust.

  • Mary

    @ Oddie 3.17am

    Good job Danny Cohen, who has been fanning the flames of ‘anti Semitism’ in the media, is not a Palestinian living under occupation. Then he would really fear for his life and well being.

    Married to the granddaughter of a chief rabbi, he has had a meteoric rise in the ZBC hierarchy. He is tipped to become the next Director General. Is he a protégé perhaps?

    BBC chief: Anti-Semitism makes me question Jews’ future in UK
    Danny Cohen: ‘I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as in the last 12 months’


    Cold eyes.

    BBC boss admits corporation is struggling with challenge of Netflix after streaming service ‘blows them out the water’ with bid for new show
    BBC director of TV said corporation faced ‘hard choices’ with rise of rivals
    He said Netflix had ‘blown us out of the water in terms of a deal’ recently
    Claimed the BBC had to adjust to ‘hybrid world’ of live and online viewing

  • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

    Mary seems to have an obsession with eyes.

    Kenneth Clarke has “hooded” eyes.

    Now Danny Cohen has “cold” eyes.

    The Habbabkuk Well Spotted Prize 2014 for the first commenter to say who of the regulars on here has “twinkling, kind, tolerant” eyes. 🙂


    La vità è bella, life is good!

  • Habbabkuk (la vita è bella)

    “Married to the granddaughter of a chief rabbi, he {ie, Danny Cohen}has had a meteoric rise in the ZBC hierarchy.”

    Phew, that got me worried for a moment.

    I thought the Original Troll was going to say that HE is the grandchild of a chief rabbi!

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