+Alex Salmond, former SNP leader and all-round (reader to supply word) has founded the Alba Party, which almost sounds like the Albion Party, and will contest the Scottish parliamentary elections in May. Dear old Alex has united all the other parties, with each of them singing from the same hymn sheet, which is to say they all think ‘Now is not the time, during a pandemic, to be playing politics.’ This response is, of course, total crap. There is never a good time to be playing politics, oh, and by the way our party is the only serious game in town because we would never dream of ‘playing’ politics. So shove off with your new party and stop imagining that you have any right to throw your hat into the ring, during this errr, what’s it called? Oh yes, election! Failing this profound blitzkrieg of condemnation, the next step is to play the man, not the ball, and listening to the news yesterday this wasn’t long coming. Scottish politics gets interestinger and interestinger. Some SNP wally on the radio along with many others simply choke on Salmond’s innocence verdict. Once upon a time his erstwhile colleagues praised him to the skies without ever noticing his apparent ‘appalling’ behaviour. . .
+The Daily Mail, always a trustworthy source of accurate and unbiased information has produced a graph to illustrate how far ahead of Labour the Tories are in a poll. They’ve taken a leaf out of the LibDem playbook, whose abuse of graphs was (and probably still is) notorious. In the illustration below one can see a somewhat mysteriously large margin representing the difference between 4% and 6%. The devil’s in the detail, as they say.