Here’s yesterday’s piece about how the media use polls to create uncertainty and pursue their own agendas. It referred specifically to Yougov, and suggested that polls are often constructed to create ‘outlier’ outcomes, before the pollsters use their multitude of polls saying different things to retroactively claim they’d been right all along. Here’s today’s Independent.. read more →

Here’s The Daily Record raising some legitimate questions about nurse Claire Austin. And here’s The Daily Record’s Torcuil Crichton explaining that the fair questions the Record itself put were really groundless and vile allegations made up by the SNP and pro-independence ‘trolls’. Crichton and The Record editor who commissioned both pieces will chuckle about this.. read more →

As a bank-holiday adjunct to this piece, here’s a weekend article written by a journalist generally agreed to be a good thing; the sort of person who often writes illuminative stuff challenging lazy thinking regardless of its political shade. But not this time. Kevin McKenna’s article for The Herald, a newspaper with an editorial policy.. read more →

Stuart Campbell, who curates and writes for the website ‘Wings over Scotland’, is by a long, long way Scotland’s most read columnist/commentator. ‘Wings’ readership is on a par with that of the largest Scottish outlets. And because the figures for on-line newspapers include hits on every part of the paper, a small number of columns.. read more →

26 May 2017
May 26, 2017

Nigeria’s missing president

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Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, was last seen by people other than his own staff in early May. According to his staff, he handed over ‘co-ordinating power’ to his Vice President and headed to London for medical treatment. Shortly beforehand, he had returned from around two months in London, also apparently receiving medical treatment there. His.. read more →

I wrote this yesterday about President Buhari of Nigeria. There’s been a lot of interest in the blog in Nigeria. I’ll answer a few of the key points raised, here. First, if you’re a president then it’s up to you to show people you’re alive and well – it’s not up to your people to.. read more →

A rich guy (Herald, paywall) who gives the Scottish Labour Party a lot of money is taking his money away for now because the party refused to allow a Tory-Labour administration in Aberdeen. The rich guy says he doesn’t understand why Labour, in the middle of a general election where the two main players are the.. read more →

Nigeria is one of the most important countries in the world. It’s by far the largest country in Africa; it’s the fastest growing economy there by a long chalk. Nigerians all over the world hold positions of power and importance. From a UK perspective, one of the largest contingents of secret service (‘Mi6’) in the.. read more →

The Scottish Parliament’s ‘First Minister’s Questions (FMQs)’, modelled on the UK Parliament’s ‘Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs)’, sees the First Minister take questions in the chamber each week. Yet there’s a very significant difference which goes to the heart of what the parliament’s supposed to be all about. PMQs lasts half an hour. Members put in.. read more →

The Tory Party’s proposals on care for the elderly are aimed at one group – present Labour voters in Labour-held midlands/northern seats whose elderly parents live in bought council houses. And get this – technically, it’s actually progressive! This single policy shift may well lead to the Tories taking a number of ‘safe’ Labour seats in.. read more →