If the opinion polls are to be believed, most of Scotland’s highest profile MPs will lose their seats and their political careers in two weeks’ time.
Jim Murphy said his political awakening came from growing up poor in Glasgow and white in apartheid South Africa, where he moved as a child. He spent just six years in Cape Town, leaving to escape conscription. However, that brief spell taught him a bit about dealing with bullies.
There was one headline last week that had little to do with this election but should give every voter in Scotland pause for thought as they head to the polling booths on Thursday.
In the past, when your local authority chased you for outstanding council tax you had two choices: pay up promptly or get taken to court. Now it appears there is another option, thanks to the recent pronouncements by Scotland’s Justice Minister.
The combined Nationalist “charm” offensive in London seems to have achieved what it set out to do. First, Nicola Sturgeon descended on the capital last week, bewildering the locals with her insistence that the SNP would be good for them.
There was a headline in one of the papers on Monday advertising a strange job. “Wanted: self-starter to climb 3,000ft every day.” The role involves scaling, daily, the summit of the treacherous Helvellyn in the Lake District to report on weather conditions and the successful applicant will be paid between £21,394 and £25,240. Oh, and it’s just a winter job, from December to April.
The strains of the election campaign rose to the surface in the latest set-to between the Scottish party leaders.
If anyone doubted the general election campaign in Scotland was a rerun of last September’s independence referendum, the saga of the leaked memo should convince them.
In most walks of life, an abusive boss with a penchant for lashing out at subordinates would be condemned. Few would rally to his defence in public and in private, most would be glad to see the back of the bully.
Alcohol has been banned on one of the East Coast train line’s busiest services to tackle what the operator calls “the behaviour of a small minority of passengers”.