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EU Cookie Directive

I was just about to read an article about the EU this morning, when up popped another totally pathetic “do you want to agree to the EU Cookie directive – or not read this article”.

And this is why people hate the EU. It was an entirely pointless directive – each and every website we visit now has this pathetic question – one which if it concerned anyone they can easily turn off cookies.

But no – the EU can’t leave it up to users to decide themselves whether to turn on or off cookies using their own browser – instead the EU has to decide for them that we all “want” to have out time wasted by yet another EU waste of time.

The reality is that this cookie directive has done absolutely nothing to protect anyone – except the jobs of a few eurocrats – who no doubt will be dreaming up the next grandiose plan to justify their own existence and waste everyone’s else’s time.

Down with the EU. Down with the Eurocracy, long live freedom!

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A new Scottish Right of Centre party – on hold

At the time I suggested: A new Scottish right of centre party? in February, UKIP were languishing in the polls, the Scottish party had just been stabbed in the back by UKIP in England and it looked almost impossible that UKIP would get an an MEP. Likewise, the Tories were at the end of a very long run of appalling election results.

The diagnosis was simple: “parties of the right never do well unless they are nationalistic – and in Scotland that means being run from Scotland”. Continue reading

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Analysis of Scottish Voting

The number of votes cast for each party and the individual candidates are:

Party Votes Percentage
SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY (SNP) 389,503 (28.9%)
LABOUR PARTY, 348,219 (25.9%)
CONSERVATIVE PARTY, 231,330 (17.2%)
UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY (UKIP), 140,534 (10.4%)
SCOTTISH GREEN PARTY, 108,305 (8.0%)
LIBERAL DEMOCRATS, 95,319 (7.1%)
BRITAIN FIRST, 13,639 (1.0%)
BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY, 10,216 (0.8%)
NO2EU, 6,418 (0.5%)
Rejected papers 2,184 (0.2%)
Total votes cast 1,345,667
Electorate 4,016,735
Turnout 33.5%

Comparing this with my Latest Poll: Scottish UKIP level pegging Toires on the 18th May and Detailed Vote Analysis (20th May) I was expecting the following: Continue reading

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The end of the policy era

An overview of the political process from Climategate to present.

An overview of the political process from Climategate to present. To quote myself: “even if you kick the political system between the legs, because like the proverbial dinosaur, the nerve impulse takes time to travel all that way up to the small brain at the top, it will still take many years for them to respond.”

I was reading the comedy piece in the Guardian on the UKIP elections:

Forget Ukip and these staggeringly irrelevant European elections

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UKIP: The revolution is upon us.

Janice Atkinson of UKIP explaining the finer points of UKIP immigration policy to a #racist #bigot

Janice Atkinson of UKIP explaining the finer points of UKIP immigration policy to a one of the loud mouthed #racist #bigots

Back in January I began realising that society was going through a massive social change as a result of social media. It started with the realisation that the mainstream on climate was no longer the “mainstream” media, but in reality the “mainstream” was the blogosphere. (Climate bloggers: is CNM killing the Mainstream Media?)

Slowly, I began to realise that the change in power I was seeing between blogs and social media and the old “dinosaur press” as I began calling them (as they seemed doomed), was also being mirrored in other aspects of life. One was academia, (The end of the UK university?), but by far the bigger and faster changes (as it now appears) has been the political landscape of Britain which was reflected in my move to a bew blog: Scottish Independent People. I foresaw a massive change in politics in the UK. Continue reading

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SNP liars who hate the Scots electorate!

At any political meeting recently, SNP, SSP: the same word has repeatedly come up “UKIP”. I didn’t understand why until yesterday’s Glasgow Herald

Seven out of ten Scots ‘back Ukip policy on immigration’

– and the hate filled political twits that rule Scotland told us these 70% of Scots were those the political class in Scotland hate the most.

They hate 70% of all the electorate – and worse they lied to that 70% telling them they were a disgusting minority instead of the righteous majority.

UKIP have given us the right to have a sensible discussion about immigration without being called racists by these #racist #bigots (the ones who call everyone else racists on twitter).

And, the only racism I’ve seen in Scottish politics are those mainly I have to say it in the SNP who are manufacturing race as an issue to attack their political opponents in UKIP.

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The election result: a UKIP Twittterslide

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UKIP lady explaining the finer details of UKIP policy to a #racist #bigot.

I’m getting very fed up with #UKIP!!

… because UKIP are generating so much enthusiasm and as a result so many tweets that I just can’t read them. No sooner have I started to read one and the next tweet pops up; clicking on this image was a bit like “wackum” – trying to click on the post before it moved.

They are getting far more tweets even than their closest rival Labour. So, based on twitter, UKIP are in for a landslide. The only party that even looks vaguely like matching UKIP is labour and they are only getting one tweet for every two of UKIP.

If this were a general election, one would have to say that UKIP look like the  next government. I know that sounds insane, given that they haven’t even got one MP, but there is no doubt that UKIP have won the twitter wars.

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The power outage

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The rate of change of power on the grid on the 16th April around 8:30pm. Change of frequency is shown dotted red.

In response to the news on bishop hill that MSP Alex Johnstone (Conservative, North East Scotland) was tabling the following question:

‘whether it has undertaken any further investigation into whether an over reliance on wind turbines as a source of electricity played a role in the grid failure on 16 April 2014′. (S4O-03258)

I decided to reveal what I had found in my comments on that blog. However, without the above graph the comments will not make much sense, so I’ve rushed out this post (apologies for the poor quality graph, click for a larger version). But before the graph, let me quickly look at the big picture:

What is the safe level of wind on a grid?

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UKIP winning the twitter wars

For no reason at all to do with politics, I needed a hashtag with a reasonable number of tweets to test out a feature. Not sure if it were “#lab” or “#labour” or if “#Labour”, and likewise for #Tory, #Con, #Conservative, I picked #UKIP and #SNP.

However, it was soon very noticeable that #UKIP is a very active hashtag with about one post every few seconds, whereas #SNP is about the same every few minutes.

Obviously that is not a fair comparison as the SNP doesn’t stand throughout the UK. However, as I constantly found myself unable to read #UKIP twits as they rolled down the screen before I had time to read, I wondered whether #labour or #tory could be anywhere near as busy.

No!

Some lady called “@Suzy Stride” is still at the top of the #tory list 6minutes after posting. #labour are better with around 6 twits in the time since the last Tory, but #UKIP are miles ahead with 6 twits in the last minunte.

As for #snp … the last twit was 14minutes ago.

Update
There are now 5 #UKIP twits showing “now” (within 15 secs.) It’s now 9minutes since a #tory twit, #snp is 16minutes and labour have 6 in last 4minutes.

#twit (yes it’s a joke)

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Detailed Vote Analysis

After reading John Curtice’s blog post in which he appears to have been unable to admit that UKIP might get an MEP, I decided to check out his data . And yes, he has completely ignored the fact that UKIP have a very strong chance of gaining a seat in Scotland at the expense of either the Tories or SNP, particularly as he doesn’t include the COMRES poll that which showed UKIP level pegging with the Tories.

However, as a true skeptic, I wanted to check his analysis based on the data so this is my workings.

His polls show that since April the main parties have had the following range of support.

Tory 11-13% (steady)
UKIP 7-10% (rising)
Labour 26-30%
SNP 33-39% Continue reading

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