Viewing posts from May, 2014
As part of the media storm around Matthew Oakeshott's resignation from the Liberal Democrats it has transpired that he conducted polling research into Danny Alexander's Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey seat. The results of this LibDem internal poll have been leaked and it shows the SNP taking the seat on 32% and Alexander for the LibDems on just 16%.
Opinion polls had suggested that the SNP could take a third EU Parliament seat due to a drop in LibDem support. The Scottish Greens had also hoped that they might supplant the LibDems. However, extensive UK wide media coverage for UKIP seems to have boosted their profile and handed them their first Scottish seat and only electoral success of any kind in Scotland.
The European Parliament Elections will be held this Thursday, May 22nd 2014.
At an evening event on Friday May 16th organised and hosted by West Highland College UHI (Fort William) Dave Thompson MSP (Yes) debated with Charles Kennedy MP (No) on whether Scotland should be an independent country. Mr. Kennedy represents Ross, Skye and Lochaber at Westminster and Mr Thompson Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch at Holyrood.
The Oban Times is reporting on a stushie surrounding Tory MSP for the Highlands and Islands Jamie McGrigor and his withdrawal from an independence debate on Skye. Now, there are all sorts of reasons why someone might pull out from a debate but in this case it is being reported that he was given his marching orders by the No campaign organisation Better Together.
Well, it has been some week already and it is only Tuesday.
Gary Wilson, a Better Together co-ordinator with Edinburgh East Labour Party, has defected to Yes and joined Labour for Independence.
So, your campaign is in the doldrums, the polls are looking bad and your public face is Alistair Darling. What to do? Bring in the brand consultants and see what they suggest.
We have highlighted some previous Sunday Herald front pages in Wildfire because they have provided a welcome relief from the staunch unionist stance of all the other major newspapers sold in Scotland. However, we didn't expect the Sunday Herald to declare for Yes (or at least not this soon)