Category: Politics

I’ll Be Hosting Overnight General Election Results Coverage

When the snap General Election was called in May, I wrote at the time that my first thought was about the result. Or at least how to cover the result. It was this. “I need to get behind a microphone to do the results show from 10pm on June 8th.” Since then I’ve been working on how to do just that, from finding studio facilities, co-hosts, guests, statisticians, the odd politician or two, and some broadcast partners. I’m delighted to announce that I will be hosting a General Election Results show on Thursday night… not only will you be able

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Planning A New Kind Of UK General Election Results Show – Can You Help?

Tuesday’s announcement of a General Election in the UK for June 8th caught me a little by surprise and set off a riot of emotions. I tend not to talk about politics too much online, so many of the thoughts I had yesterday are mine, or for friends and family. But I’ll happily tell you my very first thought, because it’s one you can all help with. “I need to get behind a microphone to do the results show from 10pm on June 8th.” I’ve anchored a number of overnight election shows on community radio here in Edinburgh since 2010. These

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How can you lose a referendum and then win the election?

Professor John Curtice writes at FiveThirtyEight on the SNP and the upcoming General Election vote in Scotland: There are three main parts to the answer. The first is that May’s election is being held under very different rules from the referendum. Second, the question of what Scotland’s constitutional status should be now matters more to voters than it did in the past. And third, the SNP has come to be regarded by many voters as the party keenest on creating a more equal society. At 45 percent, the average level of support for the SNP in current Scotland-wide polls matches

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What if terrorists used pictures of cats?

Two things to note from the lunacy of ‘social networks should tell Teresa May when someone is being a terrorist online’ and §  the ‘former global counter-terrorism director of MI6’ writing in The Guardian: …even in the United Kingdom there are about 25 million users of Facebook and so let’s say possibly about 125m posts a day. And even if you take out all the pictures of kittens which were put up you’d still be left with an awful lot to go through and …people who wanted to get around restrictions placed on their communications could probably do so quite

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Scotland’s obvious Plan B is playing out as expected

Miranda Green in Newsweek: What they may not realise, or not fully, is the extent to which Salmond may be preparing to work from the Commons in concert with Nicola Sturgeon in Holyrood to exploit Cameron’s promise of a referendum on EU membership. In this ‘Plan B’ any boost to the self-government of Scotland will help. “Nicola is preparing the ground for a blocking position. If we are in this quasi-federal position then each of the constituent parts [of the UK] has to decide to jump out together. Not one part saying ‘right, I’m jumping out, you lot, you’re just

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Behind the scenes at Question Time

Fleet Street Fox writes up her experiences as a first-time panellist on BBC’s Question TIme: Since I ‘came out’ [as a blogger] last year I’ve been asked to do a bit of telly stuff, and as it pays me money, gets me readers and makes sense I’ve had to get used to plonking myself in front of cameras instead of avoiding them like the plague. I’m used to criticising from the sidelines where it’s safe, perhaps livetweeting on the #bbcqt hashtag, not rollicking a politician while sat next to them and they can answer back. QT is different though – this is

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