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 →

The new BBC Scotland

The BBC announced today its plans for BBC Scotland and BBC Alba to be included in the new Royal Charter, and it’s fair to say that most people will be pleasantly surprised and enthusiastic about what’s to come. In the biggest shake-up of the state broadcaster’s role north of the border in 30 years, a new dedicated BBC Scotland channel will launch in Autumn 2018 to provide 5 hours of Scottish-focussed content each day. The centrepiece of this new channel will be a so-called “Scottish — Read more →