Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Behold that legendary Smithsonian expertise

I was intrigued to spot the following observation on UKIP's prospects from Mike Smithson, known and loved by thousands of East Dunbartonshire residents as an 'impartial election expert' and avid letter-writer...

"If all goes to plan UKIP will lose all its MEPs on March 29th next year and its only elected politicians will be a few remaining local councillors and members of the Welsh and Scottish Assemblies, elected by the regional list, whose terms end in 2021."

Hmmm.  Well, of course there's no such thing as the "Scottish Assembly".  He may be referring to the Scottish Parliament by the wrong name, but if so, there's another snag - UKIP do not have a member of the Scottish Parliament and never have had.

But let's face it - these are minor, minor quibbles about a typically incisive piece of Smithson analysis, as the great man "cuts through the spin to see what the data really says".  As we all know, that data "forms the basis of all his predictions", so it'll be fascinating to see whether Mike predicts that UKIP will manage to hold onto their seats in the Scottish Parliament...you know, the ones that they don't actually have.

40 comments:

  1. Maybe he means Davidson and her ilk?

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    1. Yep, when you cut through the spin to see what the data really says, its hard to escape the conclusion: Tories = UKIP.

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    2. Tartan Tories = Tories = Ukip... All right wing capitalists.

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    3. Piss Off you Total Numptie why Don't you get a proper Job instead of polluting this thread with your nonsense! Do you never stop look in the Mirror and think to yourself Why Am I such a Total Tool?

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    4. I am retired and living of the State. Plenty of time to be a tool.

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    5. State of this.

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    6. I have eaten of the lemon. My facial expression confirms this.

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  2. That’s quite funny! He must have meant Scotland’s UKIP MEP. Silly sausage.

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  3. I wonder how well Mr Coburn of UKIP will do in the next EuroParl elections without Margaret Curran's ecstatic support. Oops, I forgot...

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  4. Will there be another Euro election?

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    1. Probably not, although to be honest I'm not entirely clear whether the election will go ahead if Brexit is delayed by a few months. I suppose logically it should do.

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    2. I agree. I think the plan is such that the UK leaves before the election as scheduled.

      It would not surprise me, however, if delays or extensions are made to allow for further negotiation.

      Personally I’d like to see how Scotland & the UK would vote in another euro election.

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    3. There would be no point although I did vote remain I think the MEP's jollies should end in March 2019. How many People can even name their MEP?

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    4. You voted to remain and continue the MEP jollies now you want the jollies to end! Paul has been converted.

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    5. That's what I forgot.

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    6. Not for you nat sis Tory lovers there wont

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    7. State of this.

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    8. I told you before shut up that state of this of youres.

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    9. Ian Hudgeton has been a pretty good MEP for years along with Alyn Smith, and although I don't like her party, Catherine Stihler is very hard-working.

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    10. All the nat sis in the nat si euro-parlaiment loosing theyre seats. Talk is cheap.

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    11. State of this.

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  5. James, I imagine there must be some history behind this Smithson thing with you. Where did it begin? What is it about? [genuine question].

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    1. I'd have thought "what it's about" is fairly self-explanatory, but this post from June 2012 will flesh things out a bit -

      http://scotgoespop.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/mike-smithsons-credibility-as-political.html

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    2. Thank you. Isn't it depressing, but well done for battling on. He needs to be called out.

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  6. Is "GWC2" the resident village idiot on this page?

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    1. Pretty much. Best ignored, really; it hasn't made a coherent statement in years, and insults anyone who tries to engage with it.

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    2. All villages need one. Just smile and walk on by.

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    3. And throw him a coin now and then. We do feel some social responsibility for him.

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    4. A Jock throwing a coin! A Jock windae cleaner drapped a coin and caught it at the bottom of the ladder.

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    5. State of this.

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  7. The oddest aspect is that nobody on the PB thread pointed out Smithson’s error. The Herd are notoriously ignorant of Scottish affairs. Their ignorance only exceeded by their arrogance. Guffawing back-slappers.

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  8. Smithson maybe confusing Scotland with The North (of England).
    We are of course Beyond the North.
    Scotland #Overruled even geographically it seems.

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  9. By election tonight in Selkirkshire. I wonder if the SNP will win?

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    1. Oh, spot the 'set unrealistic expectations' troll. As I suspect you know very well, that ward is Tory territory, and the SNP's realistic target is a decent second place.

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    2. You have to be specific about what Tories you mean! Blue or Tartan. Both are right wing and capitalist.

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    3. The German nat si led EU are demanding the Proclaimers must sing If We could Walk 750 kilometres.

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    4. State of this.

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