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’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