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Britain is among the least lockdown sceptical of 20 European countries

Britain is among the least lockdown sceptical of 20 European countries

I’m intrigued by this polling, regarding the lockdowns I think the British public realise they work and have worked for centuries. Other polls have shown there’s no correlation between higher support for lockdowns and those on furlough. Decent historians will be able to tell you about how social distancing and quarantining was used during the Black Death or combating polio in America during the last century. If there is need for a further lockdown in the future Boris Johnson and…

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Better Together: Olympic edition

Better Together: Olympic edition

Just 33% of Scots want Team Scotland to represent them at the Olympics. This poll contrasts strongly with a Survation poll back in early January which showed 47% of Scots wanted a Team Scotland at the Olympics rather than be a part Team GB as happens in the Commonwealth Games whereas 42% of Scots wanted Scots to keep on representing Team GB (which translates as 53% v. 47% excluding don’t knows.) I suspect the difference between the pollster is the…

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Good news for Gavin Williamson

Good news for Gavin Williamson

The public thinks Gavin Williamson and the government have handled things better than last year, but then again an E is better than an F. Interestingly for me is the fact more Conservative supporters think the government have handled things worse than last year than Labour or Lib Dem supporters. This polling may end talk of Kemi Badenoch replacing Gavin Williamson, but I suspect not. I think Geronimo the Alpaca has better prospects than Gavin Williamson and Geronimo is facing…

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I am shocked by this poll finding

I am shocked by this poll finding

That we British are the least likely in the world to think referendums are a good way settling political issues has left me shocked in a way only matched by the time Captain Renault discovered gambling was taking place in Rick’s Cafe. After the rancour following the Brexit plebiscite you can understand why the polling shows what it does. What I would really like to see and have suggested to Ipsos MORI is that they conduct a full scale Scotland…

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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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