Iain Gray arriving for his photoshoot
It's impossible to ignore the fiasco which took place in Glasgow Central Station (video) yesterday morning when Iain Gray was hijacked by anti-cuts protesters.
He was aiming to highlight Labour's support for reviving the ditched Glasgow Airport Link (GARL). The proposal was thrown out by the Scottish government because it is unnecessary and far too expensive.
The same group of protesters, calling themselves Citizens United Against Public Service Cuts and who gate-crashed the Tory campaign launch in Portobello last week, decided they would ask Mr Gray's opinion. Ms Goldie discussed the small group's concerns last week but Mr Gray decided talking to the public wasn't in his agenda.
This display by the Labour leader is pitiful and doesn't bode well for a leader whatever their politics may be and his well rehearsed 'speech' after the event is pure spin. Indeed, he may have been in these countries but after all conflict had ceased. He was in management when he was employed by Oxfam and would have been heavily guarded in such situations. The question I would like to ask him is how many lives did his presence save.
These days the public are not encouraged to talk to politicians and much of the campaigning involves stage-managed events. I may disagree or even despise someone's politics, but I respect those who have the sense and conviction to stand their ground and argue the points.
Iain Gray failed dismally yesterday. One little tip to him - stop touting the 'hero' image. You weren't a volunteer in these situations but a well paid employee.