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Although I always want the Tories to lose every election they fight, I had a sense of foreboding last night when it became clear the Liberal Democrats had unexpectedly won the Chesham and Amersham by-election, because the result has a potential 'game-changer' feel about it.  Until now, the Lib Dems had been beginning to look like an irrelevance, and that suited the SNP down to the ground,...
A couple of recent comment pieces in The National have caught my eye.  First of all, and most importantly, there's David Pratt's much-praised article today expressing his disquiet that the SNP government have made no progress on independence since their election win last month.  This is highly significant, because David is not one of the usual suspects who have been criticising the SNP...
I've been meaning to mention this for a while - the email subscription option that is automatically built into blogs on the Blogger platform is being discontinued in July.  In all honesty, I didn't think that was going to make all that much difference to Scot Goes Pop, because I assumed there were only a small number of email subscribers.  In general the only reason I remember there are...
As the eyes of the world have been on Cornwall over the last few days, this might be a good moment to mention that the Cornish nationalist party Mebyon Kernow, a sister party of both the SNP and Plaid Cymru, did reasonably well in the elections to Cornwall Council last month - it increased both its vote share and its number of seats.Popular vote:Conservatives 37.9% (+2.7)Liberal Democrats 18.5%...
My persistence (and your persistence) has finally paid off - at the third attempt, I've managed to get a petition published on the UK Parliament website.  It calls for the full devolution of broadcasting powers to the Scottish Parliament, and also incorporates my original call for a Scottish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest.  This is a very timely moment to be considering the...
A step forward.It gives me the chance to ask whether @JamesKelly would be able and willing to critique this selection of public opinion. (I see that it features our old friends SavantaComRes.)https://t.co/3qaiON6m9P— Alba Loun (@LounAlba) June 9, 2021 I'm not sure there's much to say about that - if I was an unwitting member of the public and was asked that question, I would say "yes", and I...
Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and one of Scotland's leading pro-independence bloggers, was today denied leave to appeal over his conviction for...well, for blogging, and his eight month jail sentence.  The ostensible reason he will be sent to prison is the harm allegedly caused by threatening the anonymity of the complainers in the Alex Salmond trial.  I've...
After the election, the Alba support base was derided as a "Twitter bubble" - meaning something that seemed hugely strong on social media but barely existed elsewhere.  That's actually not true - you don't get to 2% of the vote (enough to fill a large stadium) from social media diehards alone.  A better example of a bubble phenomenon was the Bella Caledonia campaign in 2011 to persuade...
A Scot Goes Pop reader emailed me last night asking for my view on Kenny MacAskill's comments on Home Rule, because he feared they had damaged the credibility of Alba.  I disagree - I think this episode tells us far more about the SNP, or at least about the people within the party who have jumped on Mr MacAskill's words.  We've been told for weeks that Alba are crazed extremists who are...
I noticed earlier that the Stack Data poll from shortly after the Holyrood election, which showed the independence question tied at 50-50, still hadn't been added to the Wikipedia list of polls.  So I've just put that right.  The poll was a wide-ranging propaganda survey commissioned by Gordon Brown's anti-independence organisation Our Scottish Future, and the detailed datasets make for...
So, as you'll probably remember, I made a second attempt a few days ago at starting a petition on the UK Parliament website calling for all necessary steps to be taken to bring about a Scottish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest.  I completely changed the wording to address the stated reasons for the rejection of the first one, and I identified specific steps that could be taken that are...
It's true that his own lawyer called him a sex pest and described his behaviour as inappropriate. I also think you're a disgusting individual for defending his behaviour, James. pic.twitter.com/pCUS8rfUHC— Jack Deeth (@JackDeeth) June 3, 2021 Lucky you. James does make me angry, for excusing the behaviour of a sex pest, for insisting we welcome creeps and centre their feelings, for the audacity...
The Tory MSP Murdo Fraser finishes his latest Scotsman column with some perfectly reasonable suggestions for reforming the Holyrood voting system.  He advocates replacing the two-ballot set-up with a single ballot to eliminate the possibility of gaming the system, scrapping closed lists in favour of open lists that would give the opportunity for voters to choose between individual candidates...
I’ve resigned from the NEC of @theSNP. A number of factors have prevented me from fulfilling the mandate party members gave me to improve transparency & scrutiny & to uphold the party’s constitution. I won’t be making any further comment at this stage.— Joanna Cherry QC (@joannaccherry) May 31, 2021 The SNP are a grown-up party of government but they don't have a grown-up NEC to...
Filmed 30th May 2021, near Rowerdennan, on the banks of Loch Lomond.
Thanks to Scottish Skier for pointing me in the direction of an independence poll from a couple of weeks ago that is so obscure that it doesn't even appear on Wikipedia's list of polls.  I might add it to the list myself if nobody else does.  It was conducted by Stack Data, which is a "trading brand of Hanbury Strategy", and thus very much associated with the anti-independence...
I'm not entirely sure how I missed this, but I've just routinely checked the Wikipedia list of independence polls to see if there's anything new, and it turns out there was one a couple of weeks ago - the first post-election independence poll.Should Scotland be an independent country?  (Savanta ComRes / Scotsman)Yes 47% (+1)No 53% (-1)However, it appears that rounding may have disguised a...
Unsurprisingly, the UK Parliament petitions website have rejected my proposal for a petition calling for a Scottish Eurovision entry, but what did surprise me was that they took the trouble to give me specific reasons for the rejection.  That gives me the opportunity to make a second attempt using new wording that removes any basis for their objections.  I'm not going to go round in...
Here's a puzzle.  The SNP were, by all accounts, deeply concerned about the arrival of the Alba Party - and they were self-evidently right to be, given the scale of defections from both MPs and councillors.  There was apparently considerable relief when it became clear that Alba were averaging around 2% of the vote, below the level at which they were likely to win any seats.  But...
This was the result of the 2017 UK general election in Scotland...Vote share:SNP 37%Conservatives 29%Labour 27%Liberal Democrats 7%Seats:SNP 35Conservatives 13Labour 7Liberal Democrats 4By any standards that was an exceptionally good result for the SNP - they took 59% of the seats in Scotland, higher than the percentage of seats Mrs Thatcher won across the UK in her 1987 landslide.  Their 37%...
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