Your Guide to the 2017 Scottish Local Elections

When are the elections? The Scottish local elections take place on Thursday May 4th, with voting open between 7am and 10pm. What are the elections for? Across the country, voters will be able to elect a total of 1,219 councillors to 32 local authority councils.  Each voter will be able to elect multiple councillors to represent their ward, which is essentially a “constituency” for the local authority, to serve for the next five years. In each council, an administration shall be formed to oversee the — Read more →

The Snap Election

So, it’s happened.  Theresa May has called a snap general election for the 8th of June, and with Labour’s support in Parliament it will happen.  So much for a year without quiet elections, eh? At the moment it looks as though we’ll see a clear Conservative win, as an average of the recent polls see the Tories picking up votes from Labour and UKIP while the Lib Dems take votes from the Tories and Labour: Con Lab UKIP LibDem SNP Green Other 44% 25% 10% — Read more →

Standing up for Syria

Last night the US launched a barrage of around 60 Tomahawk cruise missiles towards Shayrat air force base in Syria, in response to the horrific chemical attack on citizens in Khan Shaykun last Tuesday that killed over 70 people. This marked the US’ first intervention against the Syrian Government in the six-year-long civil war, and perhaps a u-turn in policy from President Trump towards favouring regime change in the country. Last week’s chemical attack was a wake-up call to nations around the world that Al-Assad’s — Read more →

Indyref2: The opening gambit

After a brief calm before the storm, the whirlwind of Scottish constitutional debate returned two weeks ago as Nicola Sturgeon fired the starting gun on the campaign for a second independence referendum. Today the SNP & Scottish Greens voted in favour of asking the Westminster Government for a temporary transfer of power to Holyrood to hold another indyref, while Labour, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems voted against. The battle lines might seem almost exactly the same as 2014 and before, but the circumstances are — Read more →

How do polls work?

Opinion polls have had a rough ride in a political sense over the last few years.  Despite getting it broadly right in the Independence Referendum of 2014, the General Election of 2015 shook the industry to its’ core as the Conservatives marched to victory despite all the predictions. Last year’s political shocks of Brexit and Trump have also weakened belief in the polls, despite the final indications in each showing that they were close races towards the end. Polls are still our best way of — Read more →