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Some very encouraging polling worldwide and especially in the UK

Some very encouraging polling worldwide and especially in the UK

Vaccines work and the public realise that but we cannot be complacent. As we saw with MMR causes autism hoax perpetuated by Andrew Wakefield, aided and abetted by the likes of The Lancet and Private Eye we need to be ahead of the game. If I were Boris Johnson, I’d set up a non partisan group to continually counter anti vax nonsense on social media and elsewhere, get really universally loved people like David Attenborough, Dame Judi Dench, and J├╝rgen…

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If Gareth Southgate was a party leader his ratings would ensure his party won a landslide

If Gareth Southgate was a party leader his ratings would ensure his party won a landslide

Your regular reminder Twitter isn’t Britain (or England.) Although as Sir Nick Clegg can attest being nearly as popular as Churchill doesn’t always lead to a happy ending. But still this astonishing polling for someone Nigel Farage only a few weeks ago was accusing of espousing a Marxist ideology but it appears Marxism is winning. TSE

Why lockdown scepticism doesn’t resonate much with the voters

Why lockdown scepticism doesn’t resonate much with the voters

Turns out it isn’t the economy, stupid. Ever since the beginning of the first lockdown one of the things I’ve noticed is pieces and comments along the lines of that the pandemic has ‘led to an extraordinary expansion of government power‘ but as a keen studier of history I know this sort of thing happens when there’s a genuine problem facing the country. For example the Emergency Powers Acts at the start of world war two or even the Thatcher…

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Something to watch over the next few weeks?

Something to watch over the next few weeks?

One of my earliest memories of Scottish independence was back in 1992 when, the then Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party, Jim Sillars lost his seat in the general election and ranted about ’90 minute patriots’ aka part time SNP voters aka how long a football match lasts. Ever since then in my mind the Scottish football team and Scottish independence have been inextricably linked. Now this really hasn’t been much of an issue since the ‘killing Scottish nationalism…

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This is why Friday was National Fish and Chips Day

This is why Friday was National Fish and Chips Day

I love fish & chips so I celebrated on Friday with the God Tier dish that reflects well on my fellow Brits. This YouGov poll from 2019 does invite the following observations though 1) That a chicken tikka masala is considered a classic British food is a shocking case of cultural appropriation or excellent integration of immigrants in this country depending on your viewpoint. 2) The foods we consider God tier is why the French laugh at us and say…

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A reminder that the polling mode can impact the result

A reminder that the polling mode can impact the result

Pew Research have highlighted this difference between American online and phone polls when it comes to the death penalty. The death penalty, alongside abortion, is one of the more controversial subjects and I can understand why some Americans may wish to avoid disclosing their true opinion to strangers. I suspect this polling difference may get worse in the future with things like, and I really wish I was making this up, at least one state in America is refurbishing its…

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The most depressing polling response I can recall

The most depressing polling response I can recall

I’ve never been more disheartened by a response to a poll than this poll. I think the GOP are becoming aware of the fact that they’ve only won the popular vote once in the last eight presidential elections. I try to use the word fascism sparingly but this is where the party of Lincoln is headed, but like many despots the GOP want to suppress their political opponents from challenging them. A confident party would want to focus on popular…

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A fascinating insight into the psyche of Britons

A fascinating insight into the psyche of Britons

I’ve been looking forward to seeing this poll ever since I saw the YouGov polled what animals Americans they think could beat in a fight. The 2/3 per cent of respondents who think they could beat a crocodile, grizzly bear, elephant, or lion remind me of the anecdote that in a survey several years ago 2% of respondents who replied yes to the question ‘Have you ever been decapitated?’ As for the 66% who think they could beat a cat…

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