Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Friday, September 11, 2020
Should Scotland be an independent country? (Survation, 2nd-7th September 2020)
Monday, September 7, 2020
Sunday, September 6, 2020
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020
* * *
A couple of weeks ago I announced I was changing this blog's settings to only allow comments from people signed in to a Google account. I know some of you were delighted by the change, because it seems to have finally put a stop to contributions from GWC and his ilk. However, from my own point of view it hasn't worked out, because the pornographic spam on older posts has continued unabated - to my surprise that seems to come from Google accounts, and no matter how many times I mark it as spam, it just carries on. Additionally, as you've probably seen, a Jockophobic troll from south of the border has been copying and pasting the same handful of comments (including extreme racist and homophobic language) up to several hundred times a day.
There's no simple solution to this. Individual accounts can't be blocked or banned on the Blogger platform. All that's open to me are crude options such as switching on pre-moderation (which kills the flow of conversation), or turning on word verification (which irritates people). In the hope of giving myself a short break from deleting hundreds of comments a day, I'm going to try word verification for 48 hours or so, and then I'll review the situation again.
Friday, August 21, 2020
As you may have seen, there was a unionist propaganda poll yesterday, commissioned by the "Scottish Fabians", in an attempt to deflect attention from the consistently large pro-independence majority. It amusingly produced two completely contradictory results. On one question it purported to show that, by a 52-36 majority, respondents think independence is a "distraction" from more important issues. But on another question it showed that by a vast margin of 63-9, respondents would be unlikely to vote for a party that disagreed with their own view on independence. Why would people who don't regard independence as important be so unwilling to cross-vote on the issue? Exactly. People do regard it as hugely important, and it's probably the number one driver of people's party political preferences at the moment.
Unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority of those who said that independence is a "distraction" are No voters. Down the ages, "this is boring", "this is a distraction" has always been a convenient mask for those who are opposed to radical change - what it really means is "we desperately don't want this to happen". If you were to say to them that we should become independent tomorrow so that we can put an end to the "distraction" and the "boredom" once and for all, you'd suddenly find that nothing matters to them more than resisting that.
As for the minority of independence supporters who agreed on the "distraction" point, I suspect some of them would have been virtue-signallers. Many people feel that they 'ought' to say that health and education are more important than the constitution (the problem with that being, of course, that independence is essential for protecting the NHS in particular). In fairness, it was a clever wheeze on the Fabians' part to devise a question that could artificially cobble together a majority by combining hardline unionists and Yes virtue-signallers, but as the other question demonstrates it really is pretty meaningless.
Chris McCall of the Record played along with the little stunt by breathlessly describing the poll as "another independence poll". Well, no. Another independence poll would have asked the question "Should Scotland be an independent country?" And we can all hazard a confident guess of what the result of that would have been, and why the Fabians very carefully didn't ask it.