Have Scots Tories Set Their Sights Too High?

3rd March 2016 Comment Elections, parties & leaders

Scottish Tories, who gather together this Friday in Edinburgh have probably not come together in such an optimistic mood for a long time. In recent weeks they have felt able to aim high, suggesting they could overtake Labour in May’s Scottish Parliament election (something the party has not managed to do north of the border […]




Some Added Spice? TNS BMRB and YouGov Polls

5th February 2016 Comment Elections, parties & leaders How Scotland should be governed Policy issues The Scottish independence referendum

Just in case anyone was concerned that May’s Scottish Parliament election might prove to be a rather dull affair as the SNP marched to a seemingly inevitable second overall majority, two polls, one released by TNS BMRB yesterday and one by YouGov published in today’s Times, have added some spice to the campaign. Not that […]




A Race for Second Place?

18th December 2015 Comment Elections, parties & leaders

This time five years ago we were wondering whether the SNP could possibly win a second Holyrood term. Three polls published in the autumn of 2010 (and there were only three) all put Labour ahead of the SNP  – by between three and ten points. Far from anticipating the possibility of a SNP overall majority, […]


Scottish Labour’s Predicament

31st October 2015 Comment Elections, parties & leaders Policy issues

Scottish Labour are gathered this weekend in Perth in the hope of kick-starting a revival. The party certainly badly needs to do so. The hole in which it finds itself now is as every bit as deep as the one into which it fell in May when it was all but wiped out in the […]