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There’s so little happening in Scottish politics today, readers, that the Scottish Sun has been reduced to interviewing a brick. And no, that’s not rhyming slang.


Frankly, folks, at that point we may as well have the day off.

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    1. handclapping says:

      The thing is a brick is fit for purpose 😉

    2. AuldA says:

      Stu’, I suggest you find a hole in the wall for you to spend the rest of day.
      Or watch the landing on the Philae probe on the comet. A perfect day to really soar over!

    3. Lewis Carlin says:

      Not sure whether to laugh or just cry at this….

    4. Jon D says:

      Why is a brick like an egg?

      Because they both have to be laid.

    5. boglestone says:

      Jon D, you are on FIRE!

    6. Lollysmum says:

      Ha ha Rev-what’s the betting he got more sense out of the brick than he would have got out of the Smurph 🙂

      This has made my day

    7. fred blogger says:

      fill the appropriate holes with lime mortar could have yersel an interesting game of dominoes.

    8. Doug Daniel says:

      Off-topic, but definitely worth people’s attention – stupid little shit trying to become a Labour MP, who previously tried to get someone into trouble with their work because he was pissed off at a tweet:

    9. Stoker says:

      Slabber are up to their necks in very deep excrement and sinking fast.

      We know it and they most certainly know it.

      Filthy red tory collaborators must be wiped out of Scotland.

    10. msean says:

      This candidate might win,solid foundations and all that… 🙂

    11. Valerie says:

      Meanwhile, SNP are gearing up for conference, running the country, running a Deputy vote. 3 Deputy candidates are touring, as is Nicola.

      At my SNP branch last night we proposed our PPC. I defo joined the right party.

    12. Will it rebuild the foundation principles of the labour party?

    13. galamcennalath says:

      It’s going to be a tough job convincing Labour voters.

      The Sun got it spot on there, no matter who Labour chooses!

    14. AuldA says:

      There’s this, however: “Salmond: I’ll see independence within my lifetime”

    15. heedtracker says:

      I think uncle Rupertt would like to see the red Tories go away for a long long while and it’s proabably pay back for Rupert’s very ex close familly friend Crash Gordon and Leveson. Brown’s appalling legacy will live on for a very long time throughout teamGB. Lie with pigs… And a lot of life lessons for Holyrood too.

    16. Bugger (the Panda) says:

      Jon D says:
      12 November, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Why is a brick like an egg?

      Because they both have to be laid.

      So do I, Jon D, so do I.

    17. Haggis Hunter says:

      We all need a bit of cuddling Panda.

      The BBC and the Brit LabServative establishment have already chosen Murphy, he is a true Brit and he did come up to tell these Scots what a bad idea nationhood is, he even had his own security throws eggs at him for a bit of attention seeking.
      As for Johann, it looks like she should have voted Yes.
      The quality of SlabberServative in Scotland is dire.

    18. BrianW says:

      Some politicians never tire of bleating how it’s not a popularity contest and their policies will speak for themselves..

      In this instance, I’m sure the Brick has it in the bag in terms of personality.

      Labour Branch Leader in Scotland : Inanimate UK Labour Branch Office Droid

      Brick : Inanimate.. err.. brick like object.

    19. Midgehunter says:

      The brick’s policies are half-baked and full of holes. 😉

      Which is more than be said about Blab and the Murph..!

      We new SNP party members should soon be getting our welcome packs – I reckon I’ll be a good branch in Frankfurt.. 🙂

    20. Lollysmum says:

      Hey Rev-you need to add SLAB to your Zany Comedy Relief section

    21. AuldA says:

      All in all it was just another brick in the wall?

    22. Wee Jonny says:

      First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they come to fight you, then you interview a brick, and then the brick wins (W.J.Campbell). I see Andrew in Broughty Ferry now and again. I’ll see if I can get his autograph. Maybe get him to sign a brick.

    23. Haggis Hunter says:

      Hey hey Wee Jonny,
      hows life?
      Did ye hae a gid necht after we left you in Glasgow during the bus sesh… erm trip!

    24. alexicon says:

      There may not be much political news out there, but I have noticed there’s a concerted attack going on, by the Herald in particular, against the Scottish Government about education.
      No doubt Marcus is doing his best to turn around the disastrous poll rating of the Labour branch in Scotland by peddling Labour [lying] hand-outs as news.
      Like to know what the education admin costs are for each local authority?
      Why should front line services suffer?

    25. Valerie says:

      @stoker, that piece in Left Labour is pretty searing. Even the terminology used, daggers, skullduggery – this is key to their suicide, they have never evolved, adjusted.

      The rest of us enjoy Game of Thrones as colourful fantasy, they are living it like saddos.

    26. robertknight says:

      Stick a red rosette on Mr Brick and it’d easily be mistaken for any number of Labour MSPs/MPs/MEPs/Lords.

      All joking aside, there remain those in Scotland who would vote for anything provided it sported the necessary red rosette.

      They walk amongst us…

    27. galamcennalath says:

      Q. What do you get if you cross a chicken with a cement mixer?

      A. A brick layer

    28. Capella says:

      Sill it does allow him to get in a dig at Judy Murray on Strictly.

      But there is news today, all over the media, that Scotland is unfairly benefiting from a flaw in the Barnett formula to the tune of £600 m per year. I can’t find any real explanation as to how this was worked out. Still, if the IFS says it’s true it must be.

    29. Grizzle McPuss says:

      Now just hod on folks… without doubt, the brick has far more integrity than Murphy (it also just oozes charisma).

    30. Author_Al says:

      Meanwhile the BBC online news (I use that word guardedly) page for Scotland has this news… The Barnett funding formula for Scotland is apparently wrongly calculated and ‘unfairly’ giving us extra dosh.

    31. saporian says:

      How about this for news, the latest UK wide poll from Ipsos Mori
      Labour support lowest since before 2010 general election.

    32. Doug Daniel says:

      Author-Al – and so the groundwork begins for the changing of the Barnett formula to make Scotland receive less. Funny they only noticed this now, eh?

    33. galamcennalath says:

      Valerie says:
      The rest of us enjoy Game of Thrones as colourful fantasy, they are living it like saddos.

      You’ve now got me sitting here wondering which GoT characters Curran, Murphy, Sarwar, Baillie, Alexander etc etc think they are role playing 🙂

    34. Grizzle McPuss says:

      The rousing speech from Murphy…

      “So, claymore ready for battle, or should that be ‘more-clay’, it’s time for Slab to build a new red party worthy of building bridges”

    35. A.N.Surgent says:

      Aye labour will have to try a lot harder to cement their relationship with a mortarfied electorate. Pointing fingers at the SNP is not a foundation to build a party on. Troweling over the cracks will only lead to structural issues in the future. Only concrete policies will stop the grouting Thomas` from demolishing the party forever.

    36. Croompenstein says:

      Is that the brick that Cameron shat when he saw the secret poll

    37. Fred says:

      Seeing that things are in the doldrums here’s an interesting wee test to see if you have Scotch/Irish or English feet and does this match how you voted at the Referendum, are we indeed not “genetically programmed” to manage our own affair and have people voted with their feet. 🙂

      Gutties Aff.

    38. Labour are bricking it.

    39. A.N.Surgent says:


      I have got a Scots-Irish female foot which is a bit of a shock since I`m a lad.

    40. Lesley-Anne says:

      Great to see the REAL front contender in the race to be the next Branch Manager of Labour in Scotland has finally been recognised and given the full recognition he deserves.

      At least any interview that Mr B.R.Ick gives will be coming from a place that is built on a concrete foundation! 😛

    41. think again says:

      If I see or hear or read of Murphy I get angry, if I have a Murphy free day I get agitated and have withdrawal symptoms. Do I have a problem?

      To be fair to Jim Murphy, no seriously, his likes on FB have gone up by 56 since the Brick`s campaign started. The Brick has gone up by 7855 and rising fast.

      Over to you John Curtice for expert analysis of this phenomenon.

    42. Bugger (the Panda) says:

      I wanted to make up wee jokes about Labour, puns and anything else to crease a smile on this day of nothing.

      Then I realised, that Labour is beyond parody; they are the joke.

    43. Lesley-Anne says:

      Thanks for that link Fred. 😉


      I’ve got ENGLISH FEET!

      I’m now off to have a double foot amputation. If I don’t get these feet amputated who knows what will happen next … I might end up speaking with an Essex accent!

    44. James123 says:

      You could watch the Rosetta comet landing:

    45. Barontorc says:

      Once had a very erudite lecturer who extolled the lateral thinker’s use of the common house brick; paperweight, ballast, hammer, measuring instrument, door-stop, prop, serious weapon-at-hand, and ultimately, a very dedicated part of a wall, forever cemented in and normally fit for no other purpose once put to that use – that is, until said wall is demolished and said brick, has a new purpose in life as any of the above!

      Now compare and contrast – brick or *rick?

      Looks like the Sun poll’s got it about right, for once.

    46. Tamson says:

      I suspect Murphy’s people will be spitting blood at the Sun. This kind of mockery sticks, and the rhyming slang bit helps it along. Put it this way, neither the Sun nor Daily Record would dare trying the same thing on Sturgeon.

    47. MochaChoca says:

      FFS… It’s not even the same brick, the one in the original article looks like an Earlswood textured buff whereas the one on his desk is quite clearly a Bristol buff multi.

      How he expects to get any sense out of that I’ll never know.

    48. handclapping says:

      I had a very good early bookcase of a couple of planks on sidewalls of gash engineering bricks. It was quite handsome even.

    49. Macnakamura says:

      Will Kezia be opposed by a Briquette?

    50. bald eagle says:


      i,ve got scottish feet

      what about oscar pistorius(the blade runner)is he a kangaroo

    51. Bugger (the Panda) says:

      @ James 123

      It will be until 17:00n hours(ISH) until it lands, so back to Ry Cooder and rolling tumbleweed.

    52. AuldA says:


      Yup, and get a refreshing cup of French accent! 🙂 🙂

    53. David Wardrope says:

      Personally I think the media are being a bit too pro-brick and are a little biased towards brick candidate. The real buzz going round the grassroots in social media far prefer Murphy’s crate for leader. Will the Sun allow equal coverage to both sides? I’ll not hold my breath…

    54. Bugger (the Panda) says:


      Are you up to go through to Glasgow for Nicola’s address to us, the unwashed, at the Hydron on Saturday, the 21st?

    55. AuldA says:

      Now compare and contrast – brick or *rick?

      You mean: “brick or trick”?

      Haloween is over! 🙂

    56. AuldA says:

      Oops. Halloween. 2 L. Sorry.

    57. handclapping says:

      Nah, saw her in Lochgelly before her rise to fame. She was better then 🙂
      Thanks for the offer

    58. charlie morris says:

      Labour are going to need all the bricks they can get to enable them to rebuild after the incoming tsunami of voter anger hits them on May 7.
      Meantime, John McTernan & Jim Murphy can be found throwing bricks
      stamped ‘I HATE SNP’ in the hope that the Red Tories in Scotland
      won’t be swept away.

    59. Nana Smith says:

      From Slab to Ed to the tune of The bricklayers song.

      Dear Ed I write this note today to tell you of our plight
      For at the time of writing this,we are an ugly sight
      The natives are rebelling as they’ve now found us oot
      So Ed you’ll have to help us or we’re for the bloody boot.

      The bbc are working hard to keep us on tv
      Our lies and dodgy dealings are suppressed from all to see
      It’s getting harder every day,the internet is not our friend
      Rev Stu and all those wingers will be our bloody end.

      We are pushing forward Murphy for the leadership up here
      But as he’s really toxic, it may cost us very dear
      We see a scottish newspaper has interviewed a brick
      Apparently it’s more popular than eggman who’s a _____

    60. James123 says:

      Ah I see the good old IFS are back on BBC Jockland, they’re completely independent don’t you know, not funded by Westminster or anything, or have a pro-Union agenda, no no no. Apparently we’re lucky bastards and get loads more money than we deserve, bows head and gives thanks for our generous handouts.

    61. Are they going to put a European flag on the Comet just incase there is a potential to Frack the thing?

    62. Bugger (the Panda) says:

      H Clap


      Next time maybe?

    63. Bugger (the Panda) says:

      @ handclapping

      Nah, saw her in Lochgelly before her rise to fame. She was better then.

      Yes I know what you mean, I saw the Who, I think, before they were famous.

      ~I say, I think, because there was a lot of comet dust around at that time, allegedly.

    64. Has the brick got the support of the unions or do they still support the plank .

    65. Stoker says:

      A wee piece of “trivia” for Natasha and all the other Borderers:

      Just prior to the referendum The Southern Reporter (for those who do not know – its a Scottish Borders newspaper) was reporting the results of their poll which had 64% Yes and 36% No.

      A bit strange, don’t you think, that the Scottish Borders then returned a massive ‘No’ – something along the lines of almost 3to1, apparently, just a few days later.

      Makes you wonder, doesn’t it!

      I guess most Borderers bricked it when push came to shove, eh!

      I’ll quickly grab ma coat.

    66. Flower of Scotland says:

      Sort of o/t

      On facebook a 16year old boy named Kyle, asked for more likes than J Murphy. So far Kyle has 6,874 – J Murphy has 4,269! He,he! Well done Kyle!

    67. wingman 2020 says:

      A brick? Thick as a brick springs to mind. And yet I am convinced that it will beat Humpty Dumpty Murphy.

      I believe Humpty the Eggman sat on a wall (perhaps Antonines) and came a cropper… all the establishment couldn’t put him together again.

      Is this an omen for Murphy? I’d say he is going to fall from grace in Scotland… but he’d not really have too far to go. Maybe the height of a brick.

    68. wingman 2020 says:

      @Flower of Scotland

      Murphy paid for his likes.

      Don’t believe people actually went on to his site and voted LOL

    69. SquareHaggis says:

      Hod on the noo..

    70. wingman 2020 says:

      There is a rumour a piece of 4 x 2 and a lavy seat are entering the leadership contest. Murphy would be beaten by both.

    71. Chic McGregor says:

      OT I see Barclays are, yet again, being kept off the radar regarding the latest banking scandal – the fixing of currency exchange rates. They are being allowed to negotiate their fine separately with the regulators.

      All very reminiscent, of course, of the way their huge bailout, more than HBOS and RBS combined, was ‘buried’ at the time that that occurred.

    72. Chic McGregor says:

      To be fair to Murphy,… er… nope I’ll have to give up on that one.

    73. Kenny says:

      Has Murphy not won the branch manager election yet? Damn, am I going to have to fork out a fiver and join the Red Tories just so I can vote for him (to hasten along indy)?

      So many better things to do with a fiver, of course… But I would be providing the BBC with a new evening news headline, I can just see Jackie Bird trilling: “Labour Party new membership soars, new takers double….. while SNP intake reaches a plateau and is down on last week….. the actual figures?… em, let’s move on shall we, our next report, a man got his heid stuck in a bin today in Aberdeen…wibble wibble….”

    74. Bugger (the Panda) says:

      wingman 2020 says:

      Agreed but, MacDougall arranged it?

      Remember him?


    75. Doug McG says:

      Didn’t they notice the way we are overfunded then?

    76. Helena Brown says:

      I want hard cash for that interview, looks like one of the bricks out of our wall? I would reckon that it is a pro YES brick therefore not related in any way to Jim Murphy.

    77. Grouse Beater says:

      I hear the follow-up interview is with an egg:

      ‘How I raised Murphy’s turgid hustings to national attention.’

    78. Jim Thomson says:

      Waaaay O/T

      for all you nerdy types – Philae landing live here:

      Don’t get too excited now. No onboard streamed video

    79. wingman 2020 says:

      @Bugger the Panda

      Surely if McDougall had arranged it… It would be a bag of flour?

      In any case… What is the difference between a wank and an egg?

    80. Bugger (the Panda) says:

      Wingman 2020

      Why should I know, privately or publically?

      Away and beat you own tune.

      BtP ;(-

    81. Bugger (the Panda) says:

      They are all busy doing HeeHaw

      Please watch all the video, through.

      Have fun

    82. Bugger (the Panda) says:

      The above was for the Ladies.

      Great fun

    83. chalks says:

      SNP hit new high.

      Britain-wide voting intentions (Ipsos-Mori) :

      Conservatives 32%
      Labour 29%
      UKIP 14%
      Liberal Democrats 9%
      SNP 8%
      Greens 7%
      Plaid Cymru 1%

      59% in Scottish sub-sample

    84. Jon D says:

      Yon brick is a lot less abrasive and a damn sight more transparent than Jim’ll ever be.

    85. Sinky says:

      MOD admits Frigates may not be built on the Clyde

      Trust BBC will make this their main news story to compensate for the number of warnings from “respected Labour and Trade Union officials” and all the shipbuilding scare stories they ran prior to September 18th

    86. manandboy says:

      ED’S BUSY DOING NOTHING AS WELL -surprise, surprise.


      Mark Ferguson in Labourlist offers Ed this advice – no.5 on his list.

      5. “Make a proper effort with Scotland –
      In a month, Scottish Labour will elect their new leader. Whoever is chosen, they will have a clear mandate for change and will want (and need) to take firm control of how Labour campaigns and is run in Scotland.

      But that doesn’t mean you can leave Scotland to the new leader. Arguably the greatest threat to Labour’s ability to win a majority next year is a vote collapse in Scotland.

      You’re the leader of the UK-wide Labour Party, you fought to keep the union together – now you need to spend plenty of time in Scotland getting your hands dirty and telling Scots why having a Labour government matters.

      Jim Murphy will be so pleased!

    87. wingman 2020 says:

      @Bugger (the Panda)

      Indeed, why should you care… But you came close to the answer.

      ‘You can beat an egg.’

    88. Cag-does-thinking says:

      Labour – Game of Crones……

    89. Juteman says:

      The UK never builds warships abroad, says unionist brick.

    90. msean says:

      This warship thing is just a construct to save Ed,or give Mr Murphy a narrative to follow – nothing surprises me now! Cue a press conference complete with vow to protect shipbuilding, this to keep the labour vote up. Not falling for it this time

    91. manandboy says:


      If Cameron can cut a deal to suit him on Europe with the French, then the Frigates will be French.
      As for the Clyde, well….. actually, it’s the Brits and the French who are Better Together.
      Mais bien sûr.

    92. Juteman says:

      Jim Murphy holds press conference saying that he has saved the frigate order for Govan.

    93. blackhack says:

      Shame they never really interviewed “The Brick” or it’s creator (Myself), I’d have given them something to write about….
      The concept of the brick’s popularity came to me whilst researching murphies expenses, political history and lifestyle.
      I thought that a brick had more honesty and charisma than him…So decided to ask the online community who would be more popular….currently running at over 8000 for the brick….I think that says it all….

    94. john king says:

      Thick as a Brick
      like this

    95. Conan_the_Librarian says:

      Was that the wee ginger dug on the party political broadcast?

    96. Bill McLean says:

      o/t What about the SNP changing it’s name to the Scottish National Labour Party – that would scare the sh.t out of Labour in Scotland. OK don’t chuck things at me -I’ve already been told by the boss that I’m senile!

    97. manandboy says:

      Latest:Shock News
      Jim Murphy joins the Conservative and Unionist party.

      At a news conference this evening in Glasgow, the leading candidate for the Leadership of Labour in Scotland, Jim Murphy MP, shocked his audience of reporters and supporters by declaring his defection to the Tory party.

      He said to the stunned gathering, ‘There is no future for me in a Milliband led party. With Labour sinking up here, I had to jump ship. It will make no difference to Labour’s chances in the General Election in Scotland – they will still go down to the bottom. I have had talks with Ruth Davidson and she is delighted to have me on board.’

    98. James123 says:

      Didn’t realise Ricky Gervais worked in Scottish shipyards.

    99. Kenny says:

      @ chalks says:
      12 November, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      SNP hit new high.

      Britain-wide voting intentions (Ipsos-Mori) :

      Conservatives 32%
      Labour 29%
      UKIP 14%
      Liberal Democrats 9%
      SNP 8%
      Greens 7%
      Plaid Cymru 1%

      59% in Scottish sub-sample

      Great to see not only the SNP doing stupendously well, but our Green and Welsh friends also polling strongly.

      On these figures, a sort of Yes Alliance would pull in 16% of the UK-wide electorate. Add in a few NI votes. And I honestly believe that if they were putting out national policies, they could pull in a lot of votes from the Lib Dems and Labour. Possibly even UKIP if it is the disillusioned voter who just wants to give the establishment a kick and not a complete anti-EU nutter…

    100. tombee says:

      Sorry OT but,

      Is there anything at all, which the Scottish Government can either propose, make policy on or claim to be in the interests of the Scottish people which the so called Secretary of State, supposed to be, ‘FOR’ Scotland can find himself able to promote or support?.
      He always seems to find some means to find some objection to whatever the SG advocates in the interests of Scotland. He really is a waste of oxygen.
      He was on STV news tonight mumping and moaning again.

    101. I might have thought that tub of lard which appeared on Have I Got News For You instead of Roy Hattersley, all those years ago, might have been a better candidate for Scottish Branch Office Manager than Murph the Smurf.

      After all, it better represents real Labour.

    102. EphemeralDeception says:

      O/T Since its a slow news day – Catalan news latest.

      2.3 million citizens cast their vote
      81% want of those wanted full independence. If only…

      Catalan president requests Spanish PM ‘Rajoy’ to now allow a mutually agreed vote. Today Rajoy responded: A referendum is impossible, change can only happen via constitutional reform within Spain.

      That leaves Mas’ Catalans with one option from the 2 preferred: “a democratic mandate will only come from a mutually-agreed referendum with the Spanish Government or early elections transformed into a plebiscite on independence. Mas sent a message to the Catalan political parties: the only reason to hold early elections would be to decide on independence, as otherwise there is no need for “ordinary elections”. Those early “elections are only the tool to make the definitive consultation vote”, if the Spanish Government does not agree on negotiating a mutually-agreed referendum.”

      We will know in 10>15 days time what course of action is taken.

      Spain has tasked the Spanish prosecutor in Catalonia to take the Catalan president to court. Catalan Gov. is also investigating the source of a massive cyber attack during the voluntary referendum last week and obviously they think they know who is behind it. During the attack, it also took out many Catalan public services including access to any prescriptions, at any chemist.

      And finally, something with a whiff of Britishness:
      “Mas announced they will take to the European Union the Spanish Government’s ban on the Catalan Government’s decree to fight the so-called ‘energy poverty’. Catalonia approved a series of measures to help families in need to avoid suffering power and gas cuts during winter months, by basically delaying the payment of their energy bills. However, the Spanish Government surprisingly considered that this was discriminatory to citizens in the rest of Spain”.

      Sources: Spanish and Catalan news eg. (

    103. ronnie anderson says:

      @ Square Haggis 3.09 ( Hod on the noo ) the Bricks heid n shooders above Murphy on his irn bru crates.

    104. wingman 2020 says:

      Can anyone explain exactly what this means please?

      “There is confusion everywhere, so much so that London journalists have included the SNP in the ranks of the anti-politics parties – even though it is arguably the best organised, most political and certainly most coherent party in the United Kingdom.”

      Its from a piece in the Hootsmon.

    105. Capella says:

      O/T but interesting. The Keiser Report of 7th October focused on RBS criminal activity which the UK govt is not interested in prosecuting so a private, crowd funded, prosecution is being pursued.

      “In the second half, Max interviews Neil Mitchell (Scottish businessman) about the latest in his ongoing legal case against the Royal Bank of Scotland’s subsidiary, Global Restructuring Group (GRG).”

      Plus good insights from Stacy Herbert in the first half. I’m quite addicted to RT now.

    106. Robert Peffers says:

      I have several of the famous, “Blairadam Bricks”, left after a DIY alteration to the house. As, “The Blairadam”, is a very heavy, very hard, oversized brick I’m sure it would make a good Independence candidate to stand against the one in the article.

      I’m sure the party could build upon a Blairadam victory and pointedly cement the foundations of the party.

    107. Capella says:

      @ wingman 2020
      Do you mean this Allan Massie article?

    108. john king says:

      Conan the librarian says
      “Was that the wee ginger dug on the party political broadcast?”

      That’s what I thought as well,


    109. Robert Peffers says:

      @Capella says: 12 November, 2014 at 1:11 pm:
      ” … there is news today, all over the media, that Scotland is unfairly benefiting from a flaw in the Barnett formula to the tune of £600 m per year. I can’t find any real explanation as to how this was worked out”.

      Och! That’ll be the same old story again by the numpties who think that the, “Needs”, mentioned in the Barnett Formula are related to each Scot personally needing more funding than anyone else when the truth is the, “Needs”, refer to the fact that Scotland has more devolved functions and a devolved function, “Needs”, to have the funding to run it transferred along with the function.

      Anyone with savvy can work out the daft claims of extra per capita funding for Scots is mince. It quite simply is the extra funds needed to run the extra devolved functions.

    110. Chic McGregor says:

      If Westminster had refused to sign the Edinburgh agreement then the ensuing ‘illegal’Scottish referendum would probably have been even more positive that the Catalan one.

      Reasoning. Around 34% of the entire Catalan electorate voted for independence whereas in Scotland around 38% of the entire Scottish electorate voted for independence.

    111. Natasha says:


      A wee piece of “trivia” for Natasha and all the other Borderers:

      Just prior to the referendum The Southern Reporter (for those who do not know – its a Scottish Borders newspaper) was reporting the results of their poll which had 64% Yes and 36% No.

      A bit strange, don’t you think, that the Scottish Borders then returned a massive ‘No’ – something along the lines of almost 3to1, apparently, just a few days later.

      Makes you wonder, doesn’t it!

      Yes, I remember that happening; I think it was an online poll, which we foot-soldiers at the time agreed was not reliable, precisely because the respondents were a self-selecting group; ie, Yes voters were more likely to be looking for such polls and to vote in them.

      Would have been nice, though, if it had been representative! 🙂

    112. Natasha says:

      I think almost 3 to 1 is a bit harsh; we weren’t quite that bad!

    113. yesindyref2 says:

      I expect he’ll be nominated for the 2015 BRICK awards.

    114. mogabee says:

      Have any of the BRIC countries claimed responsibility for this runaway yet?

      (S’OK, I know the drill)!

    115. Stoker says:


      Aye, fair enough, it was a bit closer to just over 2 to 1.

      But what it does show is, what we’ve discussed previously,
      although a hard task, its not beyond us to turn this into
      something considerably more positive.

      I’ve a feeling there will be a lot of people who made the effort
      to vote at the referendum but will not vote come May.

      Whether that will go in our favour i couldn’t say, but the
      turnout, i feel, will be far lower than at the referendum.

      And i don’t just mean those who will not be 18 come May.
      I wouldn’t be surprised if we go from one extreme high at
      the referendum to THE lowest ever turnout in May.

    116. Barontorc says:

      It’s too bad the ‘egg’ was not a brick, but methinks that might have been a wee bit too sore for Murphy to willingly arrange.

    117. Wee Jonny says:

      @Haggis Hunter
      Oy Oy H.H.
      Yes I had a great night thanks. It was great putting faces to names. I had a bra laugh on the way through, met a few Wingers in the boozer, got a spesh’ edition Wings badge from Kendo’ (thanks Kendo) had a wee chat with Paul (Wee Ginger Dug) Had another bra laugh with Mr &Mrs John King and I won nearly all the raffle prizes. The only thing that coulda topped that is if the Rev himself turned up. Although I probably woulda got in the same state as I did in ’82 when I asked Tosh Mckinlay for his autograph (I could hardly talk and near pished misel we excitement) when he played for Dundee. I went on to meet my wife who was in Glesgay for a works night oot. So all in all an ace night. Will hay ti day it again soon H.H.

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