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STV Glasgow North East by-election candidates’ debate

politics-nowIt’s well worth watching STV’s Politics Now from last Thursday evening, which acted as a candidates’ husting for the forthcoming Glasgow North East by-election. This has generated quite a bit of blogging coverage, most notably Magnus Gardham on behalf of the Daily Record, and also the Drumlanrig diary column in Scotland on Sunday. Most commentary focussed on the now infamous coin-throwing incident, in which SNP candidate David Kerr threw a £2 coin at the Labour candidate, Willie Bain, in an apparent reference to Labour budget increases. I actually supplied Kerr with the £2 coin prior to filming (and also facilitated some headache tablets for the Conservative spin doctor Ramsay Jones), which has given rise to a joke currently doing to rounds at Holyrood, that the real story of the night was Kerr’s success in getting money out of the notoriously tight-fisted David Torrance.

I recount this story purely to demonstrate that I have a sense of humour.

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