Scottish independence referendum, plus jokes.

Wings Over Scotland


Voters less ordinary

Posted on June 10, 2014 by

The Times has a front-page lead this morning on the “Better Together” rally held in Glasgow yesterday, at which the official lead campaign group debuted its new “No Thanks” slogan. The article makes an interesting claim:

“[Alistair Darling] was the only politician to speak at the Better Together rally in Glasgow. All the others were ordinary men and women who had volunteered to talk about why they were campaigning to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom.

They were led by Claire Lally, a mother from Clydebank, with a child with serious health problems. She said she would do all she could to save the United Kingdom and protect the health service that had saved her daughter.”

Well, that all seems legit.

After all, it’s a different spelling to THIS Clare Lally:

clarelally

“Clare Lally is to join Labour’s shadow cabinet as their first ‘Carers Champion’. The role will see the 31-year-old, who has no previous political experience, advise Johann Lamont’s party on the challenges facing Scotland’s 660,000 carers.

Clare, of Duntocher, Dunbartonshire, said she was delighted to help influence key policy. She said: ‘I have always been a Labour supporter. But to actually be able to contribute and help make a difference is a better opportunity than I could have asked for.’”

Duntocher is also more than three miles away from Clydebank, and it’s probably a total coincidence that two women in Dunbartonshire have almost the same name, severely disabled daughters and close links to the Labour Party. And the odds of her being the same Claire Lally who’s the daughter-in-law of former Labour Lord Provost of Glasgow Pat Lally and has a husband called Derek must be astronomically high.

lallylamont

We’re all but certain that this ordinary mum definitely ISN’T the one who’s part of what the Record calls “the political elite”, a member of the Scottish Labour shadow cabinet, an experienced media performer or generations deep in the Glasgow Labour oligarchy and prepared to lie on command about the NHS for political ends.

After all, that would mean that “Better Together” were misleading people by presenting hardcore political activists as normal everyday folk, and that can’t possibly be true.

.

EDIT 10.12pm: Despite much confusing and contradictory information, after further investigation we’re now more or less sure that Clare Lally is NOT in fact related to Pat Lally. However, in the course of that investigation we’ve also discovered that she’s a member of Labour’s National Policy Forum 2015, which we’re pretty darned certain comes awfully close to any reasonable definition of being a “politician”.

Print Friendly

2 Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. 10 06 14 21:16

    They Bring Us Astroturf and Call It Mature Politics | A Greater Stage

  2. 11 06 14 17:50

    It Takes 2 to Tango | LinguaLoco | IndyLoco

507 to “Voters less ordinary”

  1. Bay Rok says:

    The headlines say it all: do they mean YOU? They certainly do!
    From other news sites

    Telegraph
    Alex Salmond attacks Telegraph for publishing ‘smear’ email
    2 hrs ago
    Financial Times*
    Braveheart nationalism is showing its dark side
    2 hrs ago
    Guardian.co.uk
    Alex Salmond will not sack adviser over email attacking Better Together speaker
    6 hrs ago
    The Scotsman
    FMQs: Salmond defies calls to sack Campbell Gunn
    8 hrs ago
    Daily Express
    COMMENT: Make no mistake, Alex Salmond approves of abusive tactics
    8 hrs ago
    About these results

  2. Votadini Jeannie says:

    “Clare didn’t tell a lie…She was simply wrong”

    One could equally say the same about Campbell Gunn. However he has apolgised for his error, yet Clare won’t accept it.

    As a friend of hers, perhaps a wee suggestion that she admits her error wouldn’t go amiss. Then we can rest assured it was not her intention to deceive.

    I’m sure she’d like the opportunity to set the story straight.

  3. Bay Rok says:

    Yes, but that kind of empathetic afterthought wasn’t really possible Pauline – too little, too late. This is the story as the public read it:

    From other news sites

    Telegraph
    Alex Salmond attacks Telegraph for publishing ‘smear’ email
    2 hrs ago
    Financial Times*
    Braveheart nationalism is showing its dark side
    2 hrs ago
    Guardian.co.uk
    Alex Salmond will not sack adviser over email attacking Better Together speaker
    6 hrs ago
    The Scotsman
    FMQs: Salmond defies calls to sack Campbell Gunn
    8 hrs ago
    Daily Express
    COMMENT: Make no mistake, Alex Salmond approves of abusive tactics
    8 hrs ago
    About these results

  4. Bay Rok says:

    Sorry those posts crossed to the new page, so I double posted the c&p element… Proves we are all human!
    ****************

    Clare isnt a highly paid top adviser with 45 years experience as a journalist, she is an ordinary mum, as she said. I didn’t hear her original remarks. Yes, she should have been better briefed before being put into a spokesperson capacity on the NHS, and the same goes for anyone – including our own activists. I can understand and share the anger – the No campaign have been using black propaganda all the way – and sure some of their supporters have mopped their lies up as holy writ. The point is, we cannot afford to sink to their level, we have let ourselves down badly and been totally wrong-footed by the media, and yet, it was preventable if this site had been capably edited and moderated. And I am also very angry that Clare has been put in this position, and that I have been abused by some members of this site for daring to correct an error of fact and questioning the whole purpose of this article.

  5. rab_the_doubter says:

    Seriously Bay Rok, spare us the mock offendedness, BT were caught out in a lie and the only orchestration of subsequent abuse has been via the MSM virulently attacking Mr Gunn for the ‘henious crime’ of typing ‘daughter in law’ in an email. If you are looking for anybody to blame for any abuse you say you are getting then you need look no further than to those in the MSM who have whipped this non-story into a frenzy over the last few days. Something likely to stir the typical ill informed tabloid reader into neanderthal action, and ask yourself.
    If you are a regular reader here you will know that we are reasonable people with a low tolerance threshold for BS, lies and trolling.

  6. Votadini Jeannie says:

    She is still able to admit she was wrong though, surely?

    And to accept the apology which, after all, is only over a case of mistaken identity, and he was not the first person to make that mistake.

    Given that Pat Lally does indeed have a daughter-in-law named Claire Lally, it seems quite understandable. An error it surely was, abuse it wasn’t.

    But he was big enough to admit it and apolgise. I think if Clare were able to do the same then she might greatly redeem herself.

  7. rab_the_doubter says:

    Sorry, last post should have ended:

    Something likely to stir the typical ill informed tabloid reader into neanderthal action, Ask yourself who stands to gain by the underhand MSM coverage of this.
    If you are a regular reader here you will know that we are reasonable people with a low tolerance threshold for BS, lies and trolling.



Comment - new users please read this page first for commenting rules. HTML tags like <i> and <b> are permitted. Use the live preview box.




↑ Top