More details have been coming to light of the downright lies that the Liberal Democrats have been telling Scottish voters in highly deceptive "letters" that were supposedly written by self-styled "polling and elections expert" Mike Smithson (in reality a former Lib Dem county councillor and a former Lib Dem parliamentary candidate). Here are some of the gems -
"The election in Edinburgh South is between the SNP and the Liberal Democrats."
REALLY? Edinburgh South is held by Labour, and is the safest seat in the whole of Scotland. The SNP were in second place last time, the Tories were third, and the Lib Dems were in a distant fourth with a miserable 3% of the vote. The YouGov projection model suggests that the Lib Dems will finish fourth again this time. Even if Smithson thinks YouGov have got it wrong, his claim that Labour won't even be in the running looks risible.
"The majority of voters in Scotland want the UK to remain in Europe and want Scotland to remain in the UK."
No, they don't. It doesn't work that way for the simple reason that Remain voters are disproportionately likely to be pro-independence, and Leave voters are disproportionately likely to be anti-independence. Only a minority of voters take a dual pro-Europe, anti-independence position - a significant minority, admittedly, but a minority nonetheless.
"Support for Labour and the Conservatives has nosedived in Scotland."
Labour, yes, but support for the Conservatives appears to be roughly where it was two years ago - at most there has been a drop of three percentage points, which is scarcely a nosedive.
"Support for the Liberal Democrats is growing in Scotland."
No, it isn't. Polls show their support has slipped over the course of the campaign.
"Only the Liberal Democrats can gain seats from the SNP in Scotland."
"Seats"? Seats plural? We know that North East Fife is a possibility, but what other seats are they going to gain?
"In constituencies right across Scotland the only way to stop the SNP winning is for Conservative and Labour voters to vote tactically for the Scottish Liberal Democrats to stop the SNP."
Rubbish. Of the 59 Scottish constituencies, there are five, or perhaps six at the most, where the Lib Dems are likely to be the SNP's main opponents. If the Lib Dems want to encourage unionist voters to throw their votes away in the other 53 or 54 seats, we should probably just let them get on with it. But the snag is that they're sending very similar letters to pro-European voters in Tory-Labour battleground seats, making the bogus claim that the local battle is between the Tories and the Lib Dems. That's a classic case of putting party before country, because splitting the Remain vote in those crucial seats could help Boris Johnson be re-elected with a thumping majority. It's no exaggeration to say that Smithson, ostensibly a lifelong Europhile, could end up being responsible for a Hard Brexit if he succeeds in deceiving people. It's little wonder that Remain activist Gina Miller blasted his letter-writing antics as "extraordinarily scandalous and misleading to the public".
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I have three new constituency previews in today's edition of The National - this time it's Moray, West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine, and Rutherglen & Hamilton West.