Jim Murphy says debate audience were ‘dragged out the pub’

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Labour’s Jim Murphy has described the audience who posed questions to him and other politicians in a live TV leaders debate has having been ‘dragged out the pub’….

Labour’s Jim Murphy has described the audience who posed questions to him and other politicians in a live TV leaders debate has having been ‘dragged out the pub’.

The Labour politician made the insulting remark as he campaigned in Paisley where he is defending a majority of over 6000.

A shopper had asked Mr Murphy for his views on the recent Scottish leaders’ debate he had appeared in.  Murphy laughed and said: “I think that audience was dragged out the pub.”  Mr Murphy then quickly added that he thought that it had been a good debate.

Mr Murphy has appeared in two debates thus far, the most recent of which was broadcast by SKY TV to a UK wide audience and saw Labour’s Secretary of State for Scotland struggle.  That debate saw First Minister Alex Salmond comprehensively win as an online survey of viewers put the SNP leader on 43% of the vote against only 5% who opted for Mr Murphy.

The timing and nature of this latest gaffe by Jim Murphy is embarrassing coming only days after Labour leader Gordon Brown was overheard calling a pensioner a ‘bigoted woman’.  Mr Murphy also caused anger in an earlier debate when he described long term unemployed Scots as ‘slackers’.

It is also potentially very damaging for the Labour politician who will again face SNP leader Alex Salmond along with Tory David Mundell and LibDem Alistair Carmichael in the BBC Scotland leaders’ debate to be broadcast this evening.
 
Labour’s election campaign has been dogged by incidents of candidates using intemperate language to describe voters.  As well as Brown’s ‘bigot’ remark Labour have also sacked their candidate Stuart MacLennan after his abusive twitter messages insulted voters from the constituency.