I’m not giving that mouth-to-mouth!
As the two candidates for Chief Dragon arrived in Scotland to tell us, creepily, that they will never let us go, New Labour Sarah said, last night:
‘The Tories in Scotland have enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent years. They need a new leader who won’t do anything to reverse those gains. Their top priority ins a leader who won’t increase support for Scottish independence.’
So, Sarah, this resurgence? In recent years?
The complete wipe-out and third-place in the EU elections?
The SNP came in a clear first with 37.7% of the vote followed by the Brexit Party with 14.8%. Next was the Lib Dems with 13.8%, after that the Conservatives with 11.6%. Labour recorded 9.3% of the vote and the Scottish Greens came in with 8%.
The recent opinion polls?
YouGov today based on 138 adults with fieldwork on 2nd and 3rd July:
- Con 15%
- Lab 10%
- Lib 11%
- SNP 45%
- Brexit 10%
- Green 8%
YouGov with a sub-poll of 177 adults, on 24th to 25th June 2019:
- Con 14%
- Lab 7%
- LibD 13%
- SNP 43%
- Brexit 7%
- Green 9%
The dark money funding, the groping, the splits……..
That reads as the kind of statement a PR person would make. A political correspondent should (an aspiration and an ideal, I know!) be reasonably objective in the reporting and provide evidence and context in support of the statements being made. Ms Smith’s is a rather rosy tinged description perhaps designed to give a warm and fuzzy feeling. She was appointed as “Scottish political correspondent” as part of the pro-Unionist agenda which the British state pays the BBC to propagate. Since she is Scottish born and educated, and the daughter of the man who is, with some justification, seen as the person who kept the flame of devolved government burning within the Labour Party and this is felt to provide the kind of ‘credibility’ which the English political correspondents lacked during the 2014 campaign when delivering the pro-Union mesage.
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