Tories Back Jim Murphy 133


During the course of this campaign, a quarter of Tories in East Renfrewshire have switched to voting Labour to back Jim Murphy against the SNP.

Polls by Ashcroft of the constituency at the beginning and end of April shows the Tory vote dropping by 25 to 20%, and the Murphy vote increasing from 31 to 36% – a direct transfer of Tory tactical votes to Labour.

The Tories willingness to back the leader of the Scottish Labour accounting unit is the starkest possible illustration of the collusion of Red Tories and Blue Tories. It comes on top of Miliband’s preference for a Tory government rather than a deal with the SNP. As I have been saying for almost a year, I view a Tory-Labour “grand coalition” as perfectly possible.


133 thoughts on “Tories Back Jim Murphy

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  • fred

    “Fred, we will have to see how it turns out, but if the SNP do get 50 plus seats I’m not sure how anyone can argue that it won’t mean an independent Scotland sometime in the near future?”

    If the Nationalists had won last September and got an overwhelming majority in the referendum and Westminster had said “wrong answer, we keep having referendums till you get it right” what do you think would have happened?

    The referendum is for a generation or Scotland becomes Northern Ireland.

  • J Galt

    Anon1 and Fred – Passionately held views held in youth tend to stay with one throughout life, perhaps nuanced by experience but still dearly held, that’s certainly my experience.
    Yes many will grow older and cynical (or wiser if you prefer) but I feel the tendency in Scotland is now one way, however long it takes.
    There is just a feeling of “Good” about the journey to independence and a feeling of “decay/rotteness” about the Union, it’s a Zeitgeist thing that’s picked up by the young.
    Nothing stays the same – the rotten old Union founded on rotten principles for rotten ends has had it’s day – keep trying to prod the corpse bck into life all you want.

  • fred

    “Anon1 and Fred – Passionately held views held in youth tend to stay with one throughout life, perhaps nuanced by experience but still dearly held, that’s certainly my experience.
    Yes many will grow older and cynical (or wiser if you prefer) but I feel the tendency in Scotland is now one way, however long it takes.”

    Maybe, maybe not, who knows what the future will bring.

    Nationalism was 20th century, this is the 21st century, as the people grow up perhaps the country will grow up as well. We are winning against racism, sexism, ageism we can change public opinion on nationalism as well. When I was young South Africa was an apartheid state and so were some states in America. The world grew up a bit.

  • J Galt

    Love of Home and Hearth and enlightened Pride of Worth never go out of fashion.

    Your internationlists of for instance the Bolshevik hue tried to stamp it out at the cost of Tens of Millions lives destroyed and didn’t succeed.

    The attempt to smear the SNP with racialism is an old trick nd not a very clever one – “anti-English” feeling in Scotland is virtually non-existent. Anti-UK establishment feeling however is at it’s highest and identifies ordinary English working people as allies and indeed fellow victims.

  • Daniel

    “Personally, I wouldn’t mind a Grand Coalition. It would prove the even the most naive that the parties are basically bent neocons, not worth voting for.”

    To paraphrase Noam Chomsky, “The UK is a single ideological state in which the main political parties each compete for the reins of power.”

  • fred

    @J Galt

    You are under the misapprehension that Internationalism is the opposite of Nationalism, it is not they are the same. The SNP aims are internationalist, they want a separate Scotland with currency union with the rest of the UK, trade agreements with Europe and a defence treaty with the NATO countries.

    All these things are internationalism, the UK being one state and one people is the opposite of internationalism.

  • doug scorgie

    Fred
    3 May, 2015 – 11:16 am

    “If the Nationalists had won last September and got an overwhelming majority in the referendum…”
    ……………………………….

    If the above happened Fred, would you respect the outcome? Would you respect and accept the result?

  • doug scorgie

    Fred
    3 May, 2015 – 11:50 am
    Says:

    “Talking of Ireland a piece in the Irish Times that tells it how it is. If the SNP don’t vote with Labour they will be voting with Conservative.”
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………..

    Under those circumstances and by the same logic Fred, if the Conservatives don’t vote with Labour they will be voting with the SNP!

    Silly arse.

  • Mary

    They were going at it hammer and tongs yesterday.

    Davidson, Murphy, Rennie, Sturgeon.

    Election 2015: Scottish party leaders clash on spending cuts
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-scotland-32577328

    The BBC omit Murphy’s OTT reaction to Davidson calling him a liar.

    ;Mr Murphy, who said a Labour government would make “some savings” while asking the richest to pay more tax and, attacked the current Tory-led government, saying: “There’s a deliberate target that whatever your behaviour, you will get sanctioned by the Job Centre.

    “You don’t then find out about it until you go to the hole in the wall and the bank to get your money out. You go to a high street money lender that you can’t afford or you go to a food bank because you can’t feed your kids – its utterly unacceptable.”

    Ms Davidson accused Mr Murphy of telling an “outright lie”, while the Scottish Labour leader replied: “How dare you call me a liar.”‘

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