General Election 2015 Debates

Stephen Daisley snap analysis:

Nicola Sturgeon had a better night than she did at the STV debate on Tuesday but she still faced a tough time over full fiscal autonomy, an indyref rerun, and the oil and gas industry. Jim Murphy was in the same mode as last night. Aggressive in going after the SNP but framing it in terms of protecting the poor, securing social justice and kicking the Tories out. Ruth Davidson again did well, especially on the economy and got Nicola Sturgeon to promise that the SNP would actively vote against Trident renewal, not just refuse to vote for it. Patrick Harvie made the Left-wing case against the current economic system but became tongue-tied when asked if the Greens would refuse to work with a capitalist government. Willie Rennie did much better than last night. He had the line of the programme, to Nicola Sturgeon: "You're not thinking about breaking your promise, are you? Because I would advise against it." David Coburn played the pantomime villain of the evening with his right-wing, anti-EU, anti-immigration policy agenda. He was very poorly received by the audience and Murphy and Sturgeon excelled in challenging his comments on immigration. All round, it was a good debate from BBC One Scotland. Excellent chairing from James Cook as ever.

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Stephen Daisley:

Jim Murphy gets set in about David Coburn. So does Nicola Sturgeon.

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Stephen Daisley:

Big boo when David Coburn brings up immigration.

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Stephen Daisley:

Jim Murphy is absolutely correct. Mental health is important. We don't talk about it enough. We really, really need to change that.

Stephen Daisley:

Jim Murphy makes a sport reference AND a Daily Record reference. Wings over Scotland will be hissing into his tuna right now.

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Stephen Daisley:

Audience member brings up very important point on the need to fund better social care.

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