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Red Tories

Yellow Tories and original blue Tories too

Anyone studying the policies supported by the three main Westminster parties in recent years would be hard pressed to find any significant differences between them. This close grouping of the Tories, LibDems and Labour as right wing parties has been confirmed by the website Political Compass (who plot the parties' policies on a chart measuring left/right and authoritarianism/libertarianism).

Money talks

Latest political party donations report illustrates double standards

Everyone involved in the referendum campaign (on either side) couldn't fail to remember the brouhaha about the Weir's donations to the Yes Campaign and the SNP.

Campaigning: Labour style

Great photo op', wrong place

Labour candidate for Glenrothes and Central Fife, Melanie Ward and Labour health spokeswoman Jenny Marra decided to have their photo taken outside Glenwood Health Centre in Glenrothes as part of their campaign claiming that there was an NHS staffing problem.

Highland LibDem Wipeout?

Electoral Calculus predicts Kennedy, Alexander and Thurso to lose Westminster seats

Election prediction specialists Electoral Calculus are predicting that all three Highland seats currently held by the Liberal Democrats will fall to the SNP in May's General Election.

Hollywood Actor Joins SNP

Brian Cox has left Labour and joined the SNP

The Courier is reporting that the Hollywood actor, prominent Yes campaigner and voice of Duggy Dug Brian Cox is leaving the Labour Party and joining the Scottish National Party.

The National

New Indie supporting daily newspaper to launch next week

The Drum is reporting that owners of the Herald and Sunday Herald, Newsquest, will be launching a new daily newspaper next week. The newspaper will be priced at 50p, available from Monday November 24th and will support Scottish Independence. The "National" will initially be published as a pilot.

Sí Sí

Catalans vote "Yes" & "Yes" in referendum

The Catalan News Agency is reporting that Catalans have overwhelmingly voted "Yes" "Yes" in their non-binding referendum (November 9th 2014) on independence from Spain.

Anyone but Murphy

Labour leadership frontrunner?

We weren't going to comment on the leadership race for Labour in Scotland but this story from the Press & Journal brings a smile to the face.

Let's do it again (soon)

Scottish opinion open to another referendum

In what is certain to be part of the same Ipsos Mori poll we highlighted in the last Wildfire STV have released another extraordinary finding. The poll found that two thirds of voters would support another referendum within ten years regardless of the circumstances and 58% of the poll respondents would support another referendum within five years.

Stunning STV Poll

Scotland electoral map turns yellow (maybe)

STV have published the findings of an Ipsos Mori poll of Westminster voting intentions if there was a General Election tomorrow.

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