Interesting leaders debate on STV this evening. It looked like a few of the rascals from the Kelvingrove shindig might have sneaked into the audience, especially towards the end when things got a wee bit rowdy. Overall there was more heat than light, partly due to the leaders talking over each other a bit too much (some worse than others, no prizes for guessing who), partly due to Bernard Ponsonby heckling what answers there were (particularly with Eck it must be said) and partly due to party stooges packing out the audience.
Notable moments included Tavish calling Alex Salmond "clever and wily", as though those are bad qualities for a politician to have, Annabelle having a laugh at Tavish's expense as he got a single clap for one of his answers, an SNP supporter (I guess) barely suppressing his laughter as he brought up Iain Gray's infamous Subway tactical withdrawal and of course, Iain Gray's hilarious response to that jibe, saying that he was walking away to avoid "a pointless discussion" with those protesters at Glasgow Central. Oh dear, oh dear. Pointless discussions with the little people that pay your wages, eh Iain? Wow.
The best bit for me was finally hearing the bleedin' obvious articulated clearly: Scotland gets pocket money at the moment and there is absolutely nothing we can do to change the amount we get. How that can possibly be a healthy state of affairs for our country I cannot see. Scotland obviously has some big problems to solve, I don't think many folk would disagree with that. So why on Earth would we not want to have every possible lever at our disposal in order to tackle them?
The sight of various public sector employees demanding more money for their professions at a time when our pocket money is being cut beggars belief. I would have enjoyed seeing the nurse that complained of the SNP's "annihilation" of the NHS (the only public sector organisation that is promised more money remember!) explaining to the supply teacher why hospitals should be taking even more money away from our schools.
Anyway, a suitably feisty affair from Glasgow, my votes for which are:
Alex Salmond: 6/10 Not at his best, did well to stay calm under lots of pressure from irate audience and hectoring moderator.
Annabelle Goldie: 5/10 Seemed pretty comfortable throughout, didn't get much response from her answers though, nice gag at Tavish's expense.
Iain Gray: 5/10 until 5 mins from the end, was actually engaging quite well with the audience but in obvious difficulty on some points, then lost his rag due to the chuckling Subway joker and insulted each and every one of the electorate with their "pointless" views 2/10.
Tavish Scott: 3/10 He seemed to me to be talking more quickly than usual, perhaps he was affected by the excitable atmosphere in the hall? I sort of gave up listening to him as a result though.