Just a quick note to let you know that I have a new article at the TalkRadio website, about the potential benefits of an anti-Tory "progressive alliance" between the SNP and Labour at the next UK general election (assuming such an event ever takes place). You can read the article HERE.
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Update about the BMG poll : I'm delighted and relieved to say that BMG have mended their ways to some extent since October. The datasets for this week's independence poll in the Herald reveal that the question asked was 'Should Scotland be an independent country?', bringing the firm back into line with universal good practice. The only small downside is that the poll isn't directly comparable with the October poll, which perhaps casts a little doubt on whether support for independence has really remained as stable as it appears. But that problem pales into insignificance compared to the utter lack of credibility that would have plagued future polls on independence if ludicrously dodgy questions about "remaining a member of the UK" had become normalised.
On a less positive note, and quite apart from the fact that the supplementary question about whether there should be another indyref by December 2017 was very silly as a matter of principle (nobody is seriously proposing a referendum quite that soon), the wording of the question also turns out to have been subtly biased. This is what was asked -
"A referendum on Scottish Independence took place in September 2014. In your opinion, should there be another Independence Referendum within the next year?"
The opening sentence is redundant, so you have to wonder what it's doing there. The subtext seems to be "There was one very recently. Do you really want another one so soon?" The purpose is presumably to make it as hard as possible for people to answer in the affirmative - and yet, remarkably, almost 40% of respondents did so.