Cybermen v Cybernats?
Alan Cochrane of the Telegraph has written that: “This commentator once, foolishly as it now turns out, suggested that Mr Murphy, a recent past Secretary of State for Scotland, might be the man to be the new leader of the Labour Party in Scotland. Even more foolishly, his name was recently mentioned to me by a vastly experienced Labour grandee, as the person to lead the “Yes” campaign in terms of the campaign to maintain the Union in the face of the SNP’s determination to break up Britain. It is clear today that Mr Murphy cares nothing for the mission of maintaining the Union; all he appears to worry about is his future in the Labour Party at Westminster.” More on this at Newsnet Scotland here.
If not Murphy, Who? Or should that be Dr Who? The suggestion might seem ridiculous, sci-fi even, but given events this week concerning ghost particles maybe, just maybe time travel is possible? Such a thought was given credence by Angus McLeod of the Times, on Radio Scotland’s Newsweek who suggested either Billy Connolly or Dr Who to defend the Union in the upcoming referendum. The idea of David Tennant and the BigYin stepping up into politics is an intriguing one. What sway would Billy lobbing jobbies in his banana boots and The Doctor flanked by Cybermen have on the public consciousness? Crass desperation? And is it the role of paid pundits to help shape the Unionist platform? Somebody has to.
The Daily Record’s Torcuil Crichton suggested Jim Murphy is suffering from a sort of Stockhausen Syndrome in relation to the Tories. This was a useful diagnosis but more desperate was unearthing the idea that David Cameron would step in and set up a referendum on Scottish independence (a position unequivocally ruled out by Michael Moore in interview here.)
Bathgate-born David Tennant is likeable, fancied, contemporary and funny. And if – mixing my sci-fi metaphors (crossing the streams?) – you are to look for Brit-Borg-like fully-assimilated slebs, the anti-independence lobby could do worse than Connolly and Tennant. But the seriousness of the referendum deserves better than this.