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It’s another tumultuous Jim Murphy Rally, readers!

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We’re just putting this shot of today’s brief Edinburgh gathering (from Isabel Hardman of the Spectator) here for the record, so people can compare it with the footage and images that appear on tonight’s news bulletins and tomorrow’s newspapers.

Because here’s the last one in the papers:

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And here’s the reality.

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    1. Blackhack says:

      A picture paints a thousand words….Shame it’s a horror picture of Jim Numpty….

    2. Walter Scott says:

      I’ve seen more people waiting at a bus stop

    3. MajorBloodnok says:

      From flash mob to flash in the pan, that’s Jim all over.

    4. Lollysmum says:

      I’ve just counted 32 people in that photo (including activists) & that was being generous. If that’s the best Labour can do then it really is clear that Jim is a dead duck in political terms 🙂

      Roll on 7th May 2015-his Portillo moment awaits 🙂

    5. mike says:

      It is like father Ted;
      “Down with this sort of thing” and “Careful now”

      only Jim’s placards read;

      “Bombs not bairns” “The SNP haven’t ruled out posing as bogus gas men and stealing savings” “More Nurses in our Schools”

    6. Papadox says:

      Aye the camera doesn’t lie, which is more than can be said for EBC & MSM.

    7. HandandShrimp says:

      Popular isn’t he 🙂

      Imagine if Nicola was at the Mound.

    8. One_Scot says:

      Seriously, how dead would Scottish Labour be without the smoke and mirrors protection from the Daily Record and the biased unionist media.

      Honestly, if we don’t bury these people come May 7th, we should hang our heads in shame.

    9. stewart fae stoney says:

      looks like all Edinburghs’ Labour voters have come out to greet their “leader” for a closely packed huddle and a narrow camera lens used used to record the moment

    10. Proud Cybernat says:

      Any distortion of the actual truth will do, it seams. It’s the Labour way.

    11. Naina Tal says:

      Already proved Thrush Cannae spell. His placard would read “Bombs not Brains”.

    12. joe kane says:

      Reminds of the sympathetic coverage that was given to a 2011 pro-cuts London rally, addressed by Nigel Farage amongst others, that was a complete dud, but readers and viewers would never have guessed it by following the mainstream news coverage alone which gave it national importance and national headlines.

      BBC –
      Rally backs cuts to reduce UK debt
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-13400802

      Telegraph –
      Pro-cuts demonstration held outside Houses of Parliament
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/8513978/Pro-cuts-demonstration-held-outside-Houses-of-Parliament.html

      Actual reality –
      350 anoraks at pro-cuts rally fails to fill allotted area
      http://politicalscrapbook.net/2011/05/rally-against-debt/

    13. yerkitbreeks says:

      I think we had more than that at Selkirk this morning when the SNP float went round !

    14. June Maxwell says:

      Just seen the latest Edinburgh ‘rally’ interview on Sky News. Mr Murphy is a sad spectacle. Clinging to delusion, surrounded by a small coterie of young (and clearly naive) people. Dead, but he won’t lie down. Painfully embarrasing to watch and listen to.

    15. Giving Goose says:

      On the subject of Jim Murphy’s pics in the papers and his “enormous” rally where baying supporters turned up by the busload, here is something to consider;

      The Trade Descriptions Act 1968.
      The Trade Descriptions Act makes it an offence for a trader to make false or misleading statements about goods or services. It carries criminal penalties and is enforced by Trading Standards Officers, making it an offence for a trader to:
      •apply a false trade description to any goods.
      •supply or offer to supply any goods to which a false trade description has been applied.
      •make certain kinds of false statement about the provision of any services, facilities or accommodation.

      So regarding the falsifying of the Jim Murphy crowd scene in the MSM, I propose that if the SNP are successful and have leverage at Westminster, that they propose some sort of Bill, similar to the Trades Description Act that prohibits the miss-selling of propaganda masquerading as news stories.

      For comparison, here’s a pic of Kim Jong-un up a mountain in Korea (scroll down). Notice the similarities with Jim Murphy’s pics?

      http://preview.tinyurl.com/o33aa3p

    16. desimond says:

      “Pure shown up!” as they say in Arden

      I bet theres more people at Nicola Sturgeons surgeries.

    17. BrianW says:

      I fear I may have to burn my copy of Bucks Fizz ‘My Camera Never Lies’..

      Clearly they were wrong, and if you are member of the MSM then the camera is set up to distort the reality of what is actually going on right in front of them.. (who’d have thought)

      I can appreciate you taking a close up shot like that if your a ‘Borrower’ (no other option really), but for a full grown adult on a step ladder or other prop, then it’s quite inexcusable.

      Yours

      Photographically Enraged, Glasgow.

    18. Robert Whyte says:

      hmmmm how to get the msm to tell the truth? Answers on a postcard please.

    19. uilleam_beag says:

      I think the first shot was from before Murphy arrived the rally, sorry, group-huddle kicked off properly, but Isabel Hardman did say later she estimated the crowd, sorry, nano-mob was about “95 per cent activists”. I assume that was not counting press — as it looked like they easily made up 5 per cent of the pico-throng on their own.

      So, it looks as though we’re talking about four or possibly five actual members of the public.

    20. Roland Smith says:

      How many of that small crowd are tourists waiting for a comedy act at the bottom of the mound or journalists.
      Anyone spot any Labour supporters as opposed to bussed in councillors, MSPs etc.

    21. Jim Thomson says:

      Now, now, go easy on the lad, he’s no got many pals and this makes him feel more popular

    22. desimond says:

      Dear Police Scotland
      Whats the legal minimum to constitute a Rally?

    23. handclapping says:

      There’s an opening there for Rentamob Scotland Ltd. A definite need to be filled; problem those that need it haven’t the money to pay. Oh well another product of Scottish inovation fails due to lack of support from the fat cats in London 🙂

    24. think again says:

      To be fair to Labour and Jim Murphy you have to start small and work your way up. The SNP would have been lucky to attract a crowd as large as this in 1934.

      By sheer hard work and patience coupled with able politicians and popular polices they were able to fill a 12,000 seater auditorium last year.

      Take heart Jim, it can be done, just probably not in my lifetime.

    25. Macart says:

      It appears there are no circumstances where Labour either tell or show the truth.

      Who knew?

    26. Big Jock says:

      The irony is. Even that minibus of people. Are probably on the payroll, and that’s the only reason they are there.

      It’s like something out of Spinal Tap….the guys lost it completely.

      Do you think when he goes home at night , his wee band of followers. Try and come into his house with him like a wee batch of hyper midgies, following the scent of pomade!

      He must be paying these guys a fortune:
      http://www.rentacrowduk.co.uk/

    27. Training Day says:

      I make it 1000 potential nurses in that picture.

    28. Kes says:

      Thank goodness for social media.
      Ppl can see for themselves what is going on.

    29. desimond says:

      In the second last pic on right theres an old man in red top who appears to be signing with his left hand.
      It looks like hes forming the letter ‘C’. Any further pics so we can confirm next 3 letters he formed.

    30. peter says:

      I’ve seen a bigger crowd at Aulds when its been tow fudge doughnuts for the price of three.

    31. I notice they have both T-shirts and signs in Tory blue. How appropriate.

    32. Juteman says:

      That will be the activists sent up from down south.

    33. Iain Gray's Subway Lament says:

      A fake and staged photo-shoot in cahoots with the westminster establishment media to broadcast Murphy’s despicable lies to scare pensioners.

      Yeah, it REAL fucking surprising that ‘scottish’ Labour is only two weeks away from wipeout and oblivion.

      Murphy obviously knows that the complete humiliation of himself at the hands of scotland’s voters will be used to make him the fall guy for London Labour HQ and Ed Miliband.

      Pathetic and desperate.

      Sums up ‘scottish’ Labour’s entire election campaign so far TBH. 😉

    34. bob sinclair says:

      Has the Festival Fringe started early?

    35. Jack McKenzie says:

      Johann Lamont must be peeing her knickers.

    36. Kenny says:

      Aw, bless!

      Given the news that Scottish Labour allegedly has been mailing its OWN MEMBERS, asking if they are going to be voting Labour in GE15, maybe it is not such a daft idea to carry out a meeting with twenty of your own members!

      It could make the difference on saving your deposit and god knows the Labour finances must be in a pretty shaky state at the moment, as they haemorrhage members.

      Would love to know if any of the “crowd” (sic) at the latest Murphy “rally” contained any of the same people as the feeble Glesga effort?

      O/T Today is Shakespeare’s birthday, wonder if Margrit Curran is dusting down the old copy of “Macbeth” and rereading the “is this a dagger I see before me” bit?

    37. Heather Quigley says:

      There were more weans at the nursery this morning, than there are of his mob of supporters. Oh, and the weans made more sense.

    38. JaMur says:

      He’s going to get through a lot glue.

      Repeat

      He’s going to get through a lot of glue.

    39. Craig Patrick says:

      There is obviously a connection between members of the public present, and the number of votes poor Jim can muster.

      I fully expect the Pacific Quay based Labour PR office to broadcast an adaptation of reality.

    40. HandandShrimp says:

      Jack

      Good hunour and a sunny disposition was never Johann’s strong point but I think Jim may have taught Johann how to laugh again.

    41. Sean McNulty says:

      This is becoming almost too pitiful to watch. Day after day Toto pulling back the curtain to reveal the Great Wizard of Oz as this pathetic little conman.

    42. JaceF says:

      GLUnBRU tour 2015

    43. fiona mcmaster says:

      and it’ll be the same skint students at every venue just as it was the last time. Yawn

    44. Auld Rock says:

      Hi Lollysmum, Don’t tell me that he’s going to make TV programmes about railway journeys. can I suggest he starts on Trans Siberian, it takes forever and gets him out of our hair for a while.

      Auld Rock

    45. SqueuedPerspextive says:

      A labour canvasser came to my door yesterday. Bussed in from Englandshire, as he admitted “not a local”.

      He was pleasant enough and confirmed that labour would not support a Tory govt, and yet still seemed to be trying to confuse the idea that a vote for SNP was some how a vote for Tory.

      Yawn.

    46. Iona says:

      You know they really need to cut back on that T-shirt budget. Then we just might think some real members of the public had stopped to listen.

    47. phil says:

      Are you sure the last photo is not from somewhere else? I´m from Edinburgh and the first photo is definitely from the back of the art gallery in Princes st – I don´t recognise any of the buildings in the last photo though…

      Very important to get these things right.

    48. galamcennalath says:

      You can’t blame Murphy for trying it on, under the circumstances.

      But for the media, broadcast in particular, to be complicit in the fabrication, that is unforgivable.

      No one here should be surprised, but Murphy and his media running dogs know there are gullible people out there. Those are all they have left to appeal to.

    49. Steve Mitchell says:

      Full spin ahead !!

    50. Joemcg says:

      It’s BT all over again. People manning their stalls and handing out leaflets in Edinburgh that plainly did not stay here and were never seen again and this mob bandy about the North Korea slur at the SNP!

    51. Stoker says:

      joe kane wrote:
      “Reminds of the sympathetic coverage that was given to a 2011 pro-cuts London rally, addressed by Nigel Farage amongst others, that was a complete dud, but readers and viewers would never have guessed it by following the mainstream news coverage alone which gave it national importance and national headlines.”

      And why shouldn’t they?
      Newspapers have absolutely no obligation to be honest and balanced.
      They rely entirely on the gullible among the masses buying into their Unionist tripe, to buy their Unionist rags and to help them promote their Unionist tripe laden websites by posting direct links to them, just as you did with The Torygraph link.
      Why should they stop pushing pish when there’s no incentive to?

      How many of these Unionist rags allow you to post direct links to WOS or any other pro Indy site?

    52. clochoderic says:

      These people have all seen the “Downfall” parodies, they know exactly what is happening around them. They will persist in putting on a brave face in public but they know in their heart of hearts they have backed the wrong horse.

      I say backed the wrong horse because none of these grinning automatons is motivated by anything other than the thought of self-advantage, their motivation is their own careers in the party, not anything as quaint as improving the lot of others.

      I would hope that the SNP, Greens and SSP take a very close look at the political activities of these people over the last 3 years when they all finally decide that their political fortunes lie elsewhere and apply for entry.

    53. Vince says:

      Remember he had crowds like this at his 100 towns in 100 days tour and they still mustered an alleged 55% of the vote.

      No complacency

      Everyone out to vote SNP, please.

    54. Snode1965 says:

      Check out the shadows in the photo. Another crack of dawn photo shoot timed to avoid the public.
      Perhaps that egging has affected Jim more than he’s letting on! 🙂

    55. mentalpaul says:

      What time was this on? Went a stroll there on my lunch break to see if anything was still happening. Arrived at 12.30, nobody there with the exception of six people setting up a Tory stall.

    56. Joemcg says:

      Half of that crowd look like they are media in the bottom pic. Oh dear.

    57. captmaxspacecat says:

      @ big jock
      You think his amp goes all the way uo to eleven?

    58. Luigi says:

      Good move by Murphy to stand beside the ice cream van. Fortunately, the sun was shining and the queue was considerable.

    59. gus1940 says:

      This is just a repeat of his pathetic tactic from last year’s pre-referendum Grand Tour of Scotland when he took his ‘audience’ round the country with him.

      This was beautifully shown in the succession of pictures taken around the country showing the same faces present in whatever town the great charlatan mounted his Irn Bru crates.

      Again, the media conspires with him in only showing tight close-ups disguising the pitifully small numbers- all so very predictable.

      Another brillant performance from Nicola in today’s FMQs when she yet again easily swatted Deputy Dug out of the ground without breaking sweat.

      If it wasn’t for the realisation of what she stood for I would be beginning to feeel sorry for Kezia.

    60. Murray McCallum says:

      If you have the vision; the policies; the belief; and some charisma they will come!

    61. John king says:

      I’ve seen a bigger queue for MR WHippy.

    62. Luigi says:

      Snode1965 says:
      23 April, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Check out the shadows in the photo. Another crack of dawn photo shoot timed to avoid the pubic.

      Well spotted.

    63. turnbull drier says:

      @ phil…

      the last photo is the “real” one of the Glasgow eggstrvagansa with the MSM ones for comparison…

    64. `Recollections of old Edinburgh.The bottom of the Mound`.

      “My parents referred to this venue as ‘Speakers’ Corner’. It was frequented by eccentric obsessives who invariably took it upon themselves to hector their audience with quasi-religious/political outpourings.
      It was a practice tolerated by the authorities because verbal heckling was as far as it ever went, and a place where malcontents could safely let off steam – better than the riots that we see today, although Edinburgensians traditionally did riot over more serious matters.”

      I think Murphy has gone complete Tonto and keeps wanting to relive what he sees as his glory days on an irn bru crate slagging of Scotland.

      He is like a dog going back and eating up its own old vomit.

    65. phil says:

      cheers TD, That´s what I thought. But that´s not how it is presented though…

    66. Cactus says:

      Some party, eh?

      First picture looks more like a gathering for a street performer, could easily be a coconut juggler.

      Last picture looks like every decreasing circles in the sun.. hmm but on a more serious note, that packet of crisps looks good, I wonder what flavour they are?

      T-minus Twa weeks.

    67. DerekM says:

      oh dear i see our Jim is back on his crates again with the labour rent a mob howling at the moon.
      Are these “rallies” top secret or something or is he scared to face the labour supporters in case they pelt him with eggs lol

    68. Macbeda says:

      That is just the bus queue folks wondering what numptie is shouting crap.

    69. Colin Church says:

      @Joe Kane
      In that bbc vid from 2011 “we need to get a grip of the debt” with a banner in the background showing it was £923BN. Now north of £1.5TR WITH their cuts.

      Am I the only one wondering WTF they have done with it all? And Cameron insisting we stick to “the long term economic plan” as it is working. Are they going to leave a note for the SNP saying “Gideon hadn’t got a clue, ha ha good luck”

    70. Luigi says:

      Vince says:
      23 April, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Remember he had crowds like this at his 100 towns in 100 days tour and they still mustered an alleged 55% of the vote.

      Aye, but this time he has to actually gain support (as opposed to slowing down the loss of support last year).

      You are right, though – no complacency.

    71. heedtracker says:

      After THE VOW, which will go down in Scotland’s history as one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated by teamGB, this is what they’re reduced to. Pathetic con artists and creepy Jim Morphy.

    72. Croompenstein says:

      Where is the police cordon to control the thronging masses? Jim you should have got Police Squad in 🙂

    73. Gods Country says:

      Phil @ 12:40
      That’s from yesterday’s tiny gathering in Glasgow.

    74. Caroline Corfield says:

      Down here in South Northumberland, I have had one political leaflet through the door. For the conservatives. My MP was a Labour MP. I think he’s in a pretty safe seat,so I reckon a lot of the money and activists from northern safe seats has gone oop, oop north. (I’d say north of Hadrian’s wall, but I’m already north of the wall).

      Definitely ‘interesting times’.

    75. jackie g says:

      phil says:12.40pm

      I don´t recognise any of the buildings in the last photo though…

      Phil, that is because it is St Enochs square Glasgow.:-)

      There was a rally there yesterday morning.

      It was in the National the reproter said it was a sad affair with very few real people mostly reporters and the odd activist.
      🙂

    76. Free Scotland says:

      Hard to believe that’s a political rally. Looks more like a few people having a group hug. Or maybe they’re just discussing their appearance money.

    77. Kenny says:

      What would Keir Hardie think of his party in Scotland?

      Led by a rabid right-winger who campaigned with Tories to deny Scottish independence and hugged them when the results came through? A professional trougher who supports nuclear weapons on the Clyde, privatisation and austerity cuts?

      Then the deputy leader who humiliates herself everytime she opens her mouth, refusing to answer any direct questions and bleating “SNP bad” when she is asked to talk about her own election manifesto?

      A party which holds fake rallies in the centre of Glasgow which only attract a handful of already paid-up members?

      You know that when someone as intellectually bankrupt as Johann Lamont turns out to be Cassandra that it is time to dissolve the party, lock the door and throw the keys in the Clyde.

      It is a bit like the Communist Party which ruled Russia for so long; their name is so toxic that they will simply never be in power again in Scotland on their history alone.

      Thank goodness are youth are so clued up. Two-thirds of youngsters plan to vote SNP. Try telling them, with their access to social media, about Jim Murphy’s fake rallies and claims “I’m astonished by how easy it’s been to outwit the SNP.”

      Laugh? I almost cried!

    78. @phil
      First photo from the Mound,other photos showing how the Scottish Media framed photos from earlier `Rally` to make it look like Murphy was talking to a large crowd.

      I think other photos were in the town of Glasgow.

    79. Doug Daniel says:

      I’m guessing there will be people complaining about nasty anti-democratic tactics of Labour activists being photographed to try and intimidate them out of playing their part in the election.

      The truth, of course, is that if the media did its job and showed the truth, rather than what Jim Murphy *wants* them to show, then there’d be no need for people to be taking photographs.

      It’s pathetic that they go along with it so obediently.

    80. ross says:

      JaceF

      GluNbru tour, pmsl brilliant

    81. misteralz says:

      Is it too early to go off topic-ish? Anyone else seen the Labour leaflet for West Aberdeenshire? I think it’s quite admirable them supporting one boy’s quest for his Scouts Politics badge.

    82. Craig P says:

      June Maxwell says:

      surrounded by a small coterie of young (and clearly naive) people.

      TBH June, there is every chance a good number of those young people aren’t activists, but politics students from abroad on work experience internships.

    83. Proud Cybernat says:

      It’s just a matter of perspective really…

      http://www.scottcreighton.co.uk/GE2015/Ted-n-Dougal.png

    84. Mike McCreadie says:

      They all piled out of the same Multipla

    85. ronbon says:

      Surprised if there were any members of the public, just activists and rent a mob from down south!

    86. FortBill says:

      Alex Salmond had 5 times more people at a book signing in Aberdeen!
      These not only illustrates the complete and utter demise of the Labour party in Scotland but how little effort they are willing to expend on their deceptions.
      1 Mini bus, two dozen students & some placards say £200-£300, Murphy will claim more in expenses for the day
      However I wouldn’t be surprised if our Scottish MSM make a major news story out of it!
      So at least the Labour party donors will get value for money, that’s if they haven’t spent all the Tory money they had last year!

    87. Free Scotland says:

      Kids truanting from school and offered a free t-shirt for listening to a creepy zombie type spewing keech for about ten minutes.

    88. Ravelin says:

      Looks like the photo was taken looking roughly NW towards the corner of Princes St & Hanover St from The Mound.

      What time was it supposedly taken? I’m not into ‘conspiracy theories’ but from the shadows it looks like the sun was fairly well round to the south at the time it was taken so not early morning. Yet, as has been mentioned,the shadows are quite long, which suggests a low sun. Of course I’m probably talking bollocks!

    89. breton baguette says:

      Newscycle Emptiness by the Manic Street Preacher

    90. Was at this massive rally today at the Mound Edinburgh there must have been at least 40 people in attendance . Let Murpy settle in to usual routine telling this massive crowd what he could do for Scotland , then unfortunately I’d heard enough and lost the heid a wee bit I shouted he shouted , I was told to shut up I told them to shut up they filmed me I filmed them and it was a most enjoyable morning , hope to have another opportunity very soon .

    91. manandboy says:

      It’s a photo shoot, pure and simple. Stage managed and McTernan orchestrated for media use only, later in the day, hence the early morning. VT editors at the BBC need it asap for the Lunchtime news. Target audience? Who watches TV at lunchtime?

    92. Am I mistaken or has Creepy Jim not been seen on telly since Chukka put his gas at a peep over cuts?

    93. Fred says:

      An ex-RN buddy of mine had Tilda thingmy at his door in the Briggs, asking how he was going to vote. SNP he replied in his Dorset accent. And how did he vote in the referendum she enquired further. YES to that and she buggered off. 🙂

    94. Looks like a Pub crawl to me, where are they going next.

    95. Itchybiscuit says:

      For anyone wondering about the last picture, the ‘mob’ has moved from the Argyle St entrance to the St Enoch Subway to the entrance round the back. That’s the Boots/Tesco store in the St Enoch Centre at the top left of the pic.

    96. Robert Peffers says:

      @Kenny says: 23 April, 2015 at 12:25 pm:

      … “O/T Today is Shakespeare’s birthday, wonder if Margrit Curran is dusting down the old copy of “Macbeth” and rereading the “is this a dagger I see before me” bit?”

      Probably more like this, Kenny : –

      (Thunder and lightning.) Enter Three Witches: –

      FIRST WITCH
      “When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain?”

      SECOND WITCH
      “When the hurly-burly’s done, When the battle’s lost and won.”

      THIRD WITCH
      ”That will be ere the set of sun.”

      FIRST WITCH
      “Where the place?”

      SECOND WITCH
      “Upon the heath”.

      THIRD WITCH
      “There to meet with Macbeth”. Murphy

      ——–

      Afu Err! Sorry! Wullie Shakespere

    97. MissB says:

      If it was taken at any time other than very early, there are less people there than you would find on a usual weekday morning – so he s actually scaring the public away.
      Nae surprises there 🙂

    98. Robert Peffers says:

      @JaceF says:23 April, 2015 at 12:30 pm:

      “GLUnBRU tour 2015”

      Ch:
      I’m sticking wi you,
      ‘Cause I’m made out of Glue,
      And whatever you do,
      I’m gonna do too.

      You Held up a stagecoach in the rain,
      Now I’m doing the same.
      repeate Ch:

    99. Valerie says:

      Must admit, these photo shoots have me laughing, it’s just so tragic. Talk about flogging a dead horse.

      Don’t they have any bright sparks, that can do a bit of CGI?

    100. Jamie Arriere says:

      Reminds me of Edinburgh Fringe’s past where a particularly shit juggler drew a bigger crowd than that – at least he had the gift of the gab, the same can’t be said for Jim.

      And isn’t it disappointing you’ve got all those energetic youngsters in a flash mob, and you don’t even get a dance routine? No pzazz, Labour. 🙂

    101. Sooz says:

      Half-price sausage rolls at Gregg’s? The group photo at the end of the works outing? Never let it be said that Jim lets a handy crowd go to waste.

      Hehe

    102. Jim doyle says:

      Now be fair folks …you can only get so many people in the one taxi!!

    103. Robert Peffers says:

      Scot Finlayson says: 23 April, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      “`Recollections of old Edinburgh.The bottom of the Mound`.

      “My parents referred to this venue as ‘Speakers’ Corner’. It was frequented by eccentric obsessives who invariably took it upon themselves to hector their audience with quasi-religious/political outpourings.

      Hey! You! As a boy and youth I used to frequent, “Speaker’s Corner”. and, BTW: if memory serves it was some historic charter or something that the Edinburgh Authorities could do nothing about. Something like the, “Blue Blanket”, sort of thing.
      It was a practice tolerated by the authorities because verbal heckling was as far as it ever went, and a place where malcontents could safely let off steam – better than the riots that we see today, although Edinburgensians traditionally did riot over more serious matters.”

      I think Murphy has gone complete Tonto and keeps wanting to relive what he sees as his glory days on an irn bru crate slagging of Scotland.

      He is like a dog going back and eating up its own old vomit.

    104. Foonurt says:

      Glaikit, sumphy Murphy. Get yurr jaickit, yoan’s lousin-tum.

    105. donald anderson says:

      Not an egg in sight. Wot a brave man who was brought up in drawers in a Labour Cooncil slum scheme.

    106. chris kilby says:

      Jimmy No-Mates.

      (Labour No-Voters.)

    107. Harry McAye says:

      Things have gotten so desperate for Murphy and Labour that he is reduced to this by McTernan, clearly both of them hoping for another egg attack. If one isn’t forthcoming I wouldn’t put it past them to stage an “attack”.

    108. Kevin evans says:

      Ya know all the head on attacks like that Tory guy on sky yesterday. I can handle that. But for some reason this kind of trickery by Jim Murphy really grates me to my bones.

    109. Edward says:

      Murphy has already got his ‘rally’ pictures up on his Facebook page
      The guy really is pathetic as its obviously more of a group hug than a ‘rally’
      https://www.facebook.com/jimforscotland?fref=ts

      Feel free to add your comments 🙂

    110. Song42 says:

      Well, well, well now. Thanks for these pictures. I’ve just *seen* one of my neighbours in the last one – who i spoke with last week and talked of independence and the upcoming election ….. and there he is with frog-face Murphy. tut tut. I’ll be kickin his butt, politely of course!

    111. Patrick Roden says:

      June Maxwell says,

      “surrounded by a small coterie of young (and clearly naive) people”

      Not so much naïve as skint June, because you can bet these kids will be getting paid about £25 a pop.
      It’s what they did to get youngsters holding banners, during the indy referendum.

    112. Gary says:

      It’s TRUTH Jim, but not as we know it…

    113. Paul says:

      I can only conclude that this guy has got some sort of God complex. The more worrying thing is what is it that drives other people to pander to his desire to appear popular? Those young people in colourful t-shirts are gathered around him like members of a strange cult.

    114. Jimdoyle says:

      It’s all part of the smurfs meet a hundred people in a hundred days tour…..dosnt matter if it’s the same people

    115. woosie says:

      Just watched the ebc report on Murferatu’s “rally”, showing film of him from ground level, with only the sky as background. Pathetic bias, but the undecided/uninformed may well be tricked into believing that some people are going out to hear him.

    116. fletch49er says:

      Those photos are as closely cropped as JM’s last haircut!

    117. donald anderson says:

      “Alone in a Crowded City” By JF Murphy, Sellick Lone Ranger.

    118. louise says:

      looks like he has paid some students beer money to wear a labour t shirt and hold a poster!!

    119. Dumb Unicorn says:

      My other half just pointed out that the Labour placards are actually a very clever idea – they block the gaps so you can’t see that there’s no-one behind them and they give the illusion of a solid crowd of people.

      If only Labour would put as much thought into their policies…..

      Mind you, they must think we’re daft if we can’t see that the people in the crowd are all sporting matching T-shirts, which is not normal behaviour for passers by who spontaneously come over to offer their support.

    120. donald anderson says:

      louise says:
      23 April, 2015 at 10:55 pm
      “looks like he has paid some students beer money to wear a labour t shirt and hold a poster!!”

      I knew some people in Nitshill who were given bottles of wine to leaflet for the Labour candidate in Pollok.

    121. Hugh Kirk says:

      Godfathers! That is truly desperate. I’ve seen more beans on a half side of toast.

    122. John Smith says:

      A genuine snake oil salesman.

    123. we should have a ‘mole’ at every gathering. Analyse the group. Put some challenging questions to murphy. Anyone near a group forming post a ‘Murphy’ alert.
      We have to do our best to outwit the subversive tactics of media and press. News paper headlines are becoming more vitriolic. Perhaps we have become immune to this type of pressure after Referendum betrayal of the Scottish people



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