Archive for Scottish Parliament Election 2007

Thursday, January 10th, 2008 @ 6:38PM

Latest Polls…

Results of opinion poll conducted for stv’s ‘Politics Now’ Polling Organisation: Progressive Scottish Opinion Sample: 1034 adults Fieldwork Dates: 03/01/2008 - 08/01/2008 Q1) SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT VOTING INTENTIONS (excluding don’t knows/won’t vote): CONSTITUENCY VOTE: LABOUR 37% SNP 36% CONSERVATIVE 13% LIBERAL DEMOCRATS 12% OTHERS 2% REGIONAL VOTE: LABOUR 38% SNP 34%…

Friday, October 26th, 2007 @ 8:50PM

Gould - Part 2

It’s rare, if not unique, for me to write about the same topic twice in one week but my god I’m going to have to write about Ron Gould’s report again because I’m just utterly blown away by the ignorance, bloody-mindedness, and down right shameful behaviour that the SNP have…

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 @ 9:21PM

Ron Gould’s Report

Apparently, according to both Andrew Castle on BBC News 24 and Reporting Scotland the two biggest reasons why there were so many spoiled ballots in May were 1) the design of the ballot papers and 2) the fact that the elections for the Scottish Parliament and Local Government were held…

Thursday, September 6th, 2007 @ 4:02PM

Pot Kettle Black

Grant Thoms was quick to spot the Electoral Commission report on donations to political parties which he writes about here. He notes: “Jack McConnell paid in £1006.48 and £201.24 - sounds awfully like an election address costs doesn’t it. But he was dwarfed by deeper-pocketed Labour MSPs: Malcolm Chisholm paid…

Saturday, May 5th, 2007 @ 8:24PM

First Move to the SNP…

The following statement was agreed by the Scottish Parliamentary Labour Party this morning: “Labour was written off in this election and has come back in a remarkable way. Labour voters backed us under very difficult circumstances. For nine months Labour trailed in the opinion polls, by anything up to a…

Saturday, May 5th, 2007 @ 1:18PM

That’s it Foulkes…

It’s 2pm on Saturday afternoon and I’m sat in my favourite coffee shop reading through the papers. I went to bed at 8pm last night after being up for 38 hours and woke up at midday today so I’m a little behind in terms of the news. What an election!…

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007 @ 8:54PM

Time’s Up…

So that’s it… Polls are closed, ballots are cast and one lunatic has smashed up some ballot boxes in Corstorphine/Murrayfield. We’re not sure what the damage is yet, but it is likely that it’s going to impact on the count starting. People have spent the whole day asking me how…

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 @ 12:04PM

Moral Authority

For most of last week, I got home just in time to watch Newsnight Scotland and Gordon Bruar ask the leaders of Scotland’s political parties the big question: “Does the largest party after Thursday’s election have the moral authority to form a government?” In other words if Labour turns out…

Sunday, April 29th, 2007 @ 11:19PM

Common Endeavour

A bunch of us spent this morning blowing up balloons for a visit from the First Minister in one room of our office whilst another room was filled with hundreds of correx boards and 4 teams of party members debating who had the best plan to get them up in…

Friday, April 27th, 2007 @ 8:20AM

That Friday Feeling…

This time next week I’ll hopefully be in bed catching a couple of hours sleep before the local government election count starts, Sarah Boyack will be the MSP for Edinburgh Central and Scotland will have a predominately pro-union Scottish Parliament. I spent most of yesterday afternoon out leafleting. It was…

Thursday, April 19th, 2007 @ 5:00PM

Negative = Bad?

Every political party keeps a leaflet bank in their campaign office so that they can scrutinise the literature of the opposition. Mine is less of a bank and more of a pinboard 3 layers deep of party propaganda. But there’s one leaflet on this wall which has really, really got…

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 @ 9:32PM

Johnny 5 is alive!… and posting on the BBC forum

I spent most of today reading all the manifestos which have been launched so far from cover to cover… that’s the Greens, the Tories, Solidarity and Labour’s and I’d encourage everyone else to take the time to do the same. I was extremely pleased to see the Greens acknowledge where…