Jim Murphy was elected leader of the Scottish Labour party on Saturday, December 13th 2014.
Mr Murphy is a controversial character who appears to thrive on confrontation. His self-styled ‘100 Town' tour of Scotland during the referendum campaign witnessed the Labour MP engage in shouting matches with Yes supporters.
The Impossible Referendum and a Trumped Up Smear
The BBC's behaviour in the final two weeks of the referendum campaign was appalling, but it wasn't a shock to seasoned independence campaigners. The BBC had come in for considerable criticism throughout the referendum for what many insisted was a pro-Union bias. A steady pattern of promoting pro-Union claims and headlining anti-independence news stories had led to a complete breakdown of trust between the BBC and many Scottish voters. The final two weeks was merely a culmination of years of journalistic deterioration.
By GA Ponsonby
Three SNP councillors are in the news today after they filmed themselves symbolically burning a copy of the Smith Commission report.
The councillors were expressing their frustration and anger that pledges of more powers given by the three pro-Union parties prior to the independence referendum were not reflected in the commission’s recommendations.
A Ponsonby Post video
The Smith Commission has published its report into more powers for Scotland. It has suggested powers over income tax and APD be devolved - but has refused to back the transfer of powers over Oil and Gas, broadcasting and welfare areas.
Unionists pledged Home Rule and Devo Max if a No vote was returned - the powers which will be transferred come nowhere close to this. How has the BBC reported the difference between what was pledged and what will transpire?