Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Progressive Permutations

Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, about the potential benefits of an anti-Tory "progressive alliance" between the SNP and Labour at the next UK general election (assuming such an event ever takes place).  You can read the article HERE.

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Update about the BMG poll : I'm delighted and relieved to say that BMG have mended their ways to some extent since October.  The datasets for this week's independence poll in the Herald reveal that the question asked was 'Should Scotland be an independent country?', bringing the firm back into line with universal good practice.  The only small downside is that the poll isn't directly comparable with the October poll, which perhaps casts a little doubt on whether support for independence has really remained as stable as it appears.  But that problem pales into insignificance compared to the utter lack of credibility that would have plagued future polls on independence if ludicrously dodgy questions about "remaining a member of the UK" had become normalised.

On a less positive note, and quite apart from the fact that the supplementary question about whether there should be another indyref by December 2017 was very silly as a matter of principle (nobody is seriously proposing a referendum quite that soon), the wording of the question also turns out to have been subtly biased.  This is what was asked -

"A referendum on Scottish Independence took place in September 2014. In your opinion, should there be another Independence Referendum within the next year?"

The opening sentence is redundant, so you have to wonder what it's doing there.  The subtext seems to be "There was one very recently. Do you really want another one so soon?"  The purpose is presumably to make it as hard as possible for people to answer in the affirmative - and yet, remarkably, almost 40% of respondents did so.

27 comments:

  1. Glasgow Working Class 2January 4, 2017 at 8:24 PM

    Do explain James how you can you get an anti Tory alliance when the Nat sis and Labour are equally right wing and pro Capitalist as the Tories.

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    1. The poster above is a far-right racist troll from EnglandJanuary 4, 2017 at 10:28 PM

      You're a tory sockpuppet twat with the I.Q. of a peanut.

      You could always fuck off back to Stormfront Lite you racist simpleton.

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    2. Glasgow Working Class 2January 5, 2017 at 12:24 AM

      The poster above is a Scottish Nationalist fanatical nutter and should consider getting his hair trimmed to ease pressure on the brain.
      Getting out and about from his cell and meeting the human race could be helpful.

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    3. I see you're still struggling to justify your miserable existence to your Westminster masters with your usual tirade of mindless drivel.

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    4. GWS spoils a comments section that could be used for worthwhile discussion,he/she shows all the characteristics of a school bully and nothing better.

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    5. Sorry should read GWC my error putting GWS.

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  2. So what is your political affiliation then GWC?

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    1. Glasgow Working Class 2January 5, 2017 at 12:29 AM

      Why do you want to know? What is your political affiliation besides being a narrowback Nat si?

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    2. Narrowback? You let things slip with every rant...

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    3. Glasgow Working Class 2January 5, 2017 at 1:05 AM

      Rant! Just fun at Nat si narrowbacks.

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    4. The Britnat si operative calls scottish people "jocks", advocates arming Leave campaigners, claimed Jo Cox's husband was a fascist, uses racial and ethnic slurs, pretends to be Labour (badly) while espousing far-right racist hate-speech, praises Theresa May and the tories and displays a perverted poisonous obsession with Scotland's First Minister & her predecessor.

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  3. Gwc2 is a bunch of unionist trolls.

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    1. Glasgow Working Class 2January 5, 2017 at 1:01 AM

      Poor Nat si losers. No political debate just a bunch off hand chuggers going blind.
      We Unionists have an easy ride on here! Knickerless and Kim Jung Eck are taking you thick dedicted followers of Nat si fashion towards the dustbin of history. Up yer kilts fascists.

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    2. Daily Mail Vance the cowardly tory twatJanuary 5, 2017 at 4:27 AM

      The troll calls scottish people "jocks", advocates arming Leave campaigners, claimed Jo Cox's husband was a fascist, uses racial and ethnic slurs, pretends to be Labour (badly) while espousing far-right racist hate-speech, praises Theresa May and the tories and displays a perverted poisonous obsession with Scotland's First Minister & her predecessor

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    3. Glasgow Working Class 2January 5, 2017 at 7:31 PM

      Nat si bhoy I appreciate your repetitive comment which is constructed in lies is your way of avoiding political debate on Nat si right wing Tartan Tory policies.
      As I have previously commented you Nat si are just Tartan Tory scumbags.

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    4. Tory Racist Class 2January 5, 2017 at 8:59 PM

      The troll calls scottish people "jocks", advocates arming Leave campaigners, claimed Jo Cox's husband was a fascist, uses racial and ethnic slurs, pretends to be Labour (badly) while espousing far-right racist hate-speech, praises Theresa May and the tories and displays a perverted poisonous obsession with Scotland's First Minister & her predecessor

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  4. James : interested that you consider the idea of a lab Snp progressive alliance even faintly possible. I just cannot see it even beginning to happen because effective control of Labour is so firmly held by its right wing who would rather join with the tories than allow Corbyn & supporters (themselves no advocates of working with SNP) to actually make labour progressive.

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    1. No, I don't think it's likely (not a pre-election pact, anyway). I was just making a futile attempt to be an opinion-former for the day, because in a more rational world Labour would already have realised they need the SNP.

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  5. There is no doubt that Unionism will use all the levers at it's disposal to win or avoid another referendum.

    If that includes dodgy polls and getting your "balanced" pool from the readers of the Scotsman then so be it.

    We must keep the fight going as the winners (the union) have actually upped their game. Propaganda, Smear, Othering and the total disappearing of the SNP from the main news ( unless scandal linked).

    But take courage from their fear, and work harder, hide in the shadows and whisper the truth to many.

    For example the BBC bias story long poo poohed as Scottish paranoid chippiness has firmly taken root down South (thank you Corbyn).

    Memes work when they are firmly founded in truth. If we undermine their propaganda machine, then over time we win. But it is disheartening when we see no results, or deal with Masongate Smear-nados.

    You have to realize that the further out there, the more outrageous the twist and spin they have to use, the less value they have to the unionist cause.

    But i still spit nails when you see the blind disrespectful reporting of lies and manipulation of the truth that now passes for journalism in Scotland.

    Sorry for the rant, I had to get that off my chest, thanks for reading

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    1. Glasgow Working Class 2January 5, 2017 at 7:23 PM

      You Nat sis are prone to ranting and more so with moaning and hard done tae stories. Most Scots know this and you thickos are just embarrassing Scotland.
      Get a life and choose the Union.

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    2. Tory Racist Class 2January 5, 2017 at 9:00 PM

      The troll calls scottish people "jocks", advocates arming Leave campaigners, claimed Jo Cox's husband was a fascist, uses racial and ethnic slurs, pretends to be Labour (badly) while espousing far-right racist hate-speech, praises Theresa May and the tories and displays a perverted poisonous obsession with Scotland's First Minister & her predecessor

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    3. Glasgow Working Class 2January 5, 2017 at 9:46 PM

      The man obcessed with Ms Cox is back. Maybe the bizzies should have you on their watch list.
      You should keep away from children's playgrounds and cemeteries.

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    4. More craven snivellings from the Britnat si operative. Its crayon-flecked ravings would be hilarious if they weren't so abject.

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    5. Glasgow Working Class 2January 6, 2017 at 9:28 AM

      Says the repetive Nat si Yellow Tory scumbag.

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    6. Shoosh. The grown-ups are talking.

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  6. Mad Corbyn and the even more mad SNP? Pacifistic, unilateralist, pro-remoaner, pro mass immigration, anti British, pro taxation and generally perverse alliance against all that is rational and good? You might as well summon the dark one himself, LOL.

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