Ed and Nick’s empty seat woes

Last October, it was impossible to find a pub or restaurant in Inverness which wasn’t full of people wearing yellow passes during the SNP conference.  Everywhere you looked, there were delegates eating, shopping having a drink or just sightseeing.

This weekend however it’s a very different story, as you’d never know the LibDems were even around, let along holding a conference at the same venue the SNP filled 5 months previously.  The very occasional pass has been spotted around town, and there are two possible reasons for this: it’s a badge of shame, given the party jumped into bed with the Tories for a sniff of power; or there’s basically hardly anyone there.  We’d suggest both are correct, backed up on no small way by the vast number of empty blue seats visible in the TV coverage of the event.

Labour too are struggling to get bums on seats, and that’s at Dundee’s Caird Hall which is even smaller than Inverness’ Eden Court!  Bit odd the pair of them arranging conferences at the same time, and yet they expect us to trust them with organising the country? Anyway, the sight of Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg addressing their patchy faithful raised a few chuckles at Hijacked Towers, we have to admit.  Almost as funny as the pair’s woefully poor addresses, reiterating the “too wee, too poor, too stupid” mantra do beloved by the BritNats.

So what have the BritNat papers been saying about it all?  Let’s begin as ever with The Scotsman:

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond takes step back from oil fund
Scottish Labour conference: Lamont to lead ‘devolution commission’
Nick Clegg echoes PM’s message on Holyrood’s powers
Independence ‘could cost Clyde’
Warning note from Alexander

Predictable stuff really.  And talking of predictable, how has the Daily Record been reporting its party’s disastrous showing in Dundee?

Labour leader Ed Miliband vows to end pain for Scotland’s legion of jobhunters
Johann Lamont to launch Labour probe into new powers for Holyrood
Record adopts a donkey for long-faced Prime Minister David Cameron
Labour Scottish conference: Ed Miliband urges Scots not to split up the UK
Nick Clegg attemps to steer Scots away from independence at Lib Dem conference
Alex Salmond blasts ‘risible’ anti-independence tactics of rival parties
SNP links with Rupert Murdoch savaged by Labour leader Ed Miliband

That’s right, offer nothing positive whatsoever and instead.  Maybe one day these papers will actually give us some concrete positive reasons to remain tethered to the union.

Meanwhile, back in London, The Guardian tells us what’s best for us again:

Labour could offer Scotland new powers
Scotland cannot afford to leave Nato

Also in London, The Telegraph joins the chorus:

Alex Salmond ‘rolls back’ on North Sea oil fund
Lord Kerr: Independent Scotland would lose EU membership
Nick Clegg promises Scots more powers if they reject independence
Ed Miliband: ‘Alex Salmond more interested in separation and Rupert Murdoch than economy’

As you can see, the papers are pretty much full of all the same stuff, so we’ll close today with a very funny article – complete with pictures – from Wings over Scotland, which eloquently summarises everything the BritNat press won’t let you know about:

Strength through joy

Sic a Parcel o’ Rogues

So, after posh boy David Cameron gracing the northern province with his presence 3 weeks ago, today we welcome another English toff.  British Labour leader Ed Miliband is making a wannabe state visit to talk down to his faithful quisling masses about North Britain having such grandiose ideas above its station.  Cue the rapturous applause as the dwindling delegate numbers nod enthusiastically.  Caps-in-hand, naturally.

So what does The Scotsman have to say about it all?  Expect a few days of Über Nat-bashing:

We need solidarity, not isolation – Ed Miliband
Johann Lamont rejects devo-max option
Alex Salmond accused of ‘giving nod’ for leak of referendum date to Rupert Murdoch

And talking of Nat-bashing, Labour’s main Scottish mouthpiece, the Daily Record, is in suitably grovellingly sycophantic form as it dusts-down its best china for not-so-red Ed:

Labour leader Ed Miliband: Union offers workers better deal than an independent Scotland ever could
Johann Lamont blasts Alex Salmond over links to newspaper tycoon Rupert Murdoch

Labour leader Ed Miliband pens letter to Daily Record readers

Independence referendum: Most Scots want to stay in union, says Labour’s Douglas Alexander

Independence will sink Clyde shipbuilding, Jim Murphy to tell Labour conference

Meanwhile, The Telegraph seems more concerned with scoring cheap media points against a rival than actually concentrating on the news:

Alex Salmond nails his colours to a sinking mast

The Guardian highlights the complete failure of Johann Lamont as an effective Labour leader in Scotland, as it focuses on comment from one of its London-based “big guns” in the form of Douglas Alexander:

Labour must be relevant to Scotland again, says Douglas Alexander
Who would get the oil revenues if Scotland became independent?
Scottish independence: what else should we investigate?

 

And now, we’ve saved the best till last.  As the Tartan Red(ish) Tories are having a jolly this week in Dundee, we thought we’d let you see what level of spin the North British Labour Party have been putting on various recent events.  Move over Hans Christian Andersen:

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (from London)…

Back on duty

Apologies to our regular readers for no Union Hijacked appearing yesterday, but unfortunately antisocial working hours sometimes take their toll.  However, we’re back again and looking at The Scotsman first as usual.  It hasn’t let us down:

Weir Group joins chorus of leading businesses anxious about uncertainty
SNP risks ringing death bell for independence, says Jim Sillars
Tavish Scott: Looking on the plus side, devo-max is dead
Iain Gray: Beware the black art of post-truth politics
Scots anxious about impact of independence on financial prospects

The Labour Daily Record is also back on form after its brief Eric Joyce hiatus, singing from the Scotsman’s hymn book as well as having another unsubtle dig at its arch media and political rivals.  Terrified the media will no longer bury independence in its hidden pages for fear of people knowing exactly what’s been going on?:

As Rupert Murdoch has tea with Alex Salmond.. son James quits News International
Engineering giants Weir Group call on Alex Salmond to end uncertainty over independence poll
Revealed: Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill signed copy of his book for Lockerbie bomber
Independence referendum: Now voters have new option to consider.. Devo Plus

The London-based BBC also joins the chorus of terrified BritNats desperately trying to coerce undecided voters into going for the Westminster controlled kid-on Independence of “Devo Plus”.  Completely failing once again to publicise ant of the myriad of positive reasons for Scotland to stand on its own two feet:

Weir’s boss warns on independence
Devo Plus gets support from MSPs

The Daily Express too is a tad vocal this morning as it launches an unusually bombastic attack on the First Minister, as well as a bit of good old fashioned Tory clandestine racism:

ALEX SALMOND HIT BY NEW POLL BLOW
Alex Salmond’s ‘pig in a poke’ offer on referendum vote
Migrant surge will take Scotland’s population to six million

A nice bit of Nat-bashing by The Telegraph next, proving David Steele’s Spitting Image puppet really was on the money:

Lord Steel compares Scotland to SNP totalitarian state
European Commission refuses to confirm independent Scotland membership

And lastly for today, The Independent takes a very clever rabbit punch at the independence movement as it adopts sarcasm as its weapon of choice here:

Market Report: Scottish independence hopes fire Babcock higher

BritNat Blues

As has now become traditional with Union Hijacked, we begin with David Cameron’s staunchest media supporter in Scotland, The Scotsman.

It seems once more to be upping the negative BritNat propaganda as the reality of independence starts to bite at it’s editorial raison d’être.

‘Growing resentment’ south of the Border about Scottish devolution
Devo-plus points for PM’s idea
‘Strike a deal or face court’
Gavin McCrone: Matter of no small change
Parties in talks over ‘rainbow coalition’ to save Union
Dream team’ plea to Gordon Brown

The Labour Daily Record meanwhile is in more regular form today as it attempts a bit of old fashioned BritNat mud-slinging:

Kenny MacAskill must answer claims he struck deal with Lockerbie bomber, says Labour’s Lewis Macdonald
David Cameron set to force through earlier vote

The Telegraph is also in full BritNat mode today as it has handfuls of mud ready to fling too:

Lockerbie bomber dropped appeal after meeting with SNP
European Commission refuses to confirm independent Scotland membership

On an unusual tangent today goes The Independent, as it appears to be driving a wedge between the Anglo Saxon and Celtic cultures:

Welsh war of words with the English turns nasty

The last word for today goes to The Guardian as it too seems to be on a full crusade for Britannia.  A sure sign the BritNats are genuinely worried now:

Scottish referendum: is the SNP’s question fair?
Would an independent Scotland be forced to join the euro?

Let the negativity begin.

Well after a relatively quiet weekend, the usual BritNat suspects were back this morning with some gusto.  As ever the Tory rag of choice, The Scotsman, was doing its best to man the imperial barricades against the dreadful native uprising:

Thousands of Scots may miss vote over UK’s future
Brian Monteith: SNP’s kites likely to remain earthbound
Late date gives unionists a conference season platform

Labour’s Daily Record meanwhile takes a brief rest from desperately distancing itself from shamed Labour MP Eric Joyce by jumping on The Scotsman’s bandwagon, as well as grabbing the chance to take a pop at its arch nemesis:

Alex Salmond urged to reveal independence poll date as he is slated for cosying up to Rupert Murdoch

And just for sport, we thought it only fair to highlight the paper’s increasing desperation to wash its hands of the Dishonourable Member for Falkirk:

Labour colleagues round on assault-rap MP Eric Joyce & call for his resignation

The Daily Express is next to clutch the same straw as it emphasises its rage at the suggested 18 October 2014 referendum date announced by The Sun yesterday.  And in big capital letters too:

FURY OVER SCOTLAND’S REFERENDUM DATE LEAK

The Guardian isn’t all that far behind either as it continues to pontificate from London and focuses on debt rather than wealth:

Proposed Scottish referendum date sparks holiday row
How much debt would an independent Scotland have?

And what of our brand new “chums” at The Sun?  What was their main take on the morning’s independence news?  Not much:

British people fail the test of Britishness

Putting the SUN into Sunday?

Today sees the launch of a Sunday version of The Sun, presumably as a replacement for the discredited News of the World.

In recent days owner Rupert Murdoch has been making noises suggesting support for Scottish independence.  The paper itself once famously backed the cause, but that was more likely a plan to hit the Labour supporting Daily Record with a tit-for-tat cheap shot.  Its infamous ‘noose’ front page graphic before the last election pretty much confirmed its complete BritNat U-turn.

So this morning’s Scottish edition leads with its prediction of a referendum date of 18 October 2014, along with its reasons why.  Its editorial also hints at support for independence, but being The Sun, we’ll take whatever it says with  good dose of salt:

Day of Destiny 
History beckons for nation

And the surprises just keep coming this morning as the Sunday Mail continues the Record’s strategy of defensive attack as it goes all out to distance itself from alleged Labour thug, Eric Joyce MP:

Locals in Eric Joyce’s constituency say MP is regularly absent

No surprises however from the misnomer that is the Scotland on Sunday, as it somehow manages to suggest that Scottish independence will be bad for the environment.  No, we don’t understand that one either:

Probe to focus on climate change and independence

And other than that, it’s all fairly quiet on the press front today.

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Yesterday The Scotsman trumpeted about the “think tank” it claimed was questioning the Scottish Government’s figures on potential North Sea oil revenue.  And gleefully trumpeted at that.  Well today we discover the author of this outstanding diatribe of BritNat propaganda was none other than Jo Armstrong, a former advisor to former Labour First Minister Jack McConnell and a champion of privatisation and PFI/PPP.

So do we see any admission this morning from Scotsman HQ?  Nae chance! Just more grinding negativity:

Scottish independence: Energy giant warns uncertainty over referendum could cost Scotland dear

Now we also have to admit to a degree of surprise today on reading the Daily Record.  It seem to have done a U-turn on its previous policy of hiding bad news for the Labour Party in its middle pages, by now be adopting a defensive strategy of open admission regarding the whole Eric Joyce MP fiasco.  The headline took us all by surprise at Union Hijacked Towers:

Eric Joyce set to escape by-election as Labour ‘would rather have nutter than a Nat’

We recall the pre-devolution days when Scotland’s largest private employer, Standard Life, threatened to pull out and relocate south should Scotland vote yes.  Suffice to say, it didn’t.  Nor did the country fall off the edge of the world as other scaremongerers suggested.

Today, we see SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy – or the SSEB if you’re ‘old school’) is offering its own thinly veiled threats in the run-up to the independence referendum.  The Scotsman, naturally, picked up on this earlier, but so now has The Telegraph:

SSE says independence referendum is creating economic “uncertainty”

And finally today, The Guardian follows suit, as well as dragging out Donald Trump again:

Scotland’s biggest company says referendum is damaging confidence
The Donald Trump wind turbine fiasco could be defining for Scotland