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 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 […]

Scottish Labour MP David Cairns has died suddenly aged 44. The loss leaves a grieving Scottish Labour Party hoping to avoid a repeat of the Glasgow East by-election in 2008, where a supposedly safe Westminster seat was lost to the SNP. Labour regained the seat with a substantial majority in 2010, but the 42% turnout […]

It doesn’t take a particularly long memory to recall a time when the SNP opposed devolution. Indeed it was only after their poor showing in the 1997 UK General Election that they changed their tune and decide to support devolution for Scotland, as a stepping stone towards independence. Today the SNP are about to take a step […]