Blundering press officers from the SNP have sent out a press release praising SNP policy — based on tweets from a spoof Twitter account. Spinners failed to spot the painfully obvious disclosure ‘SPOOF ACCOUNT’ branded across the Twitter bio of @SirIanBlair in capitals letters. In their haste to advertise apparent praise from London’s former policing […]

Salmond government refused to comment on allegations Murdoch accused of pressuring Scottish prosecutors Cover-up over NOTW meetings with Edinburgh police Scottish government telephones were targeted for phone hacking, it has been claimed. The news comes despite the refusal of Alex Salmond’s administration — backed by Rupert Murdoch — to comment on allegations said to have had […]

Alex Salmond’s Scottish independence campaign have been forced into a U-turn after attempts to portray anyone who followed their Twitter account as a supporter. The YesScotland.net site harvested personal details from accounts — including pictures — without permission before displaying them alongside the wording: “Powered by people o’ independent mind, like you…” This has now been changed […]

After Scrapbook parodied Alex Salmond’s leading referendum question on Wednesday, Left Foot Forward’s Alex Hern has put the academic smackdown on the SNP’s dodgy wording: “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?” Technical literature on survey design is clear that questions phrased in this way result in a “small but significant increase in the […]

Times journalist Mike Wade’s overtly hyperbolic account of the influence of the SNP’s social media strategy has raised a few eyebrows, not least because of his poorly judged comparisons with the Arab Spring in Egypt. Other highlights include Wade referring to embedding a Facebook “like” button underneath an Alex Salmond speech as an: “ingenious system […]