Despite Alex Salmond calling for ‘Yes’ supporters to accept the verdict, someone has used the 38 Degrees platform to start a petition calling for an investigation into the “rigged” ballot. It already has over 21,000 signatures. Perhaps the poll should have had some international observers. How about Sean Connery (Bahamas) and Alan Cumming (New York)?

Having played a part in most domestic political developments over the last 12-months, Nigel Farage has struggled to be heard over the referendum din in the past couple of weeks. Salmond has fuelled such vitriol amongst Yes campaigners that we are now seeing intimidation and a growing anti-English sentiment. — Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) September 17, 2014 […]

With the Sunday Times’ YouGov poll (51% yes, 49% no) sending the Westminster establishment into a panic, politicos looked to later research to judge whether it was an outlier — and to see what effect the survey itself had on pubic opinion. We now have two polls whose fieldwork was conducted entirely since news of the shock YouGov result broke, […]

The Yes Scotland independence campaign headed by roly-poly Alex Salmond has tripped over its own feet again. Spinners have been caught photoshopping fake badges onto “supporters” used in promotional materials — with the individuals pictured actors and not even Scottish. The central image on the campaign website was a stock image called “international festival audience celebrating” which was […]

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 […]