Apologies that I haven't written anything yet about yesterday's Panelbase poll. Although most of the excitement concerned the finding that Scotland would vote in favour of independence in the event of Brexit, the standard independence question actually showed a small increase in the No lead. The change looks very much like margin-of-error noise, but it will have the effect of pushing No back into a slight lead in the Poll of Polls when I update it.
The reason I haven't had a chance to update it so far is that I've been working on a submission for Bella Caledonia. Those of you who follow me on Twitter may be aware that eyebrows were raised yesterday when Mike Small claimed that the endless banging of the drum on Bella for "tactical voting on the list" was not a propaganda campaign, but rather...
"just presenting a range of voices James, which is deemed intolerable."
I defy anyone to say that's an accurate reflection of reality. There have been several recent articles on Bella (from multiple authors) claiming that tactical voting on the list is both feasible and a moral necessity, and not even a single one putting the alternative point of view. So I asked Mike whether he would accept a submission from me on the topic - he was non-committal, but said he'd consider it.
The article I've just sent to him is a straightforward analytical piece. If I'm being cynical, there are two reasons why it may conceivably be rejected - a) it dismisses RISE's hopes of winning any seats this year, and b) it mentions Solidarity, which RISE supporters have the Orwellian habit of pretending doesn't exist. But of course neither of those reasons are valid if Mike is serious about simply presenting a range of views. We'll see.