Antifrank, in an article at Political Betting -
"No retains a small but consistent lead in nearly all the polls taken since the last independence referendum."
Categorically untrue. There have in fact been FIVE polls since the referendum showing a Yes lead - three from YouGov, one from Panelbase and one from Survation. There has also been another Survation poll showing a dead heat. That means almost ONE-THIRD of polls conducted since September have failed to show an outright No lead.
By no stretch of the English language can those facts possibly support the claim that "nearly all" post-referendum polls have shown a "consistent" No lead. What makes this example of mythologising even more bizarre than Andrew Rawnsley's a few days ago is that the article contains an excellent graph that helpfully illustrates how completely wrong the claim is!
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I'm slightly baffled by the pundits who are saying that Andy Burnham is being nice about Jeremy Corbyn in the hope of receiving second preferences from Corbyn supporters. Unless Corbyn finishes third or fourth (which he won't), those second preferences will never come into play. It's much more likely that Burnham is attempting to persuade soft Corbyn supporters to make a direct switch on their first preferences by offering them the best of both worlds - ie. radical change and electability.
Unfortunately, he has no credibility on either count.
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You can only really admire the cynicism of this headline in the Telegraph -
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon's chandelier 'was looted by Nazis during Second World War'
In reality, of course, it's not "Nicola Sturgeon's chandelier", and nor does it have anything to do with "the SNP". It's in Bute House, which for decades has been the official residence of First Ministers and pre-devolution Scottish Secretaries of all political persuasions. But I somehow doubt if the Telegraph would have referred to it as "Michael Forsyth's chandelier" if this discovery had been made in 1996.