Support for Scottish Independence Takes 16 Point Lead

A new poll released during PMQs reveals the highest ever recorded support for breaking up the United Kingdom, with 58% of Scots – excluding ‘don’t knows’ – now backing independence. Including those who are undecided, this falls to 55% – a 16 point lead over the mere 39% prepared to vote for the union.

Because No. 10 doesn’t have enough to be worried about right now…

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Public Split on New Coronavirus Measures

A clear plurality of the public (40%) think that the new measures do not go far enough, though the proportion of Brits who believe things have gone too far now stands at a relatively sizeable 15% – higher than in similar recent surveys. Yesterday’s snap YouGov poll is not particularly positive for any political camp…

The poll also found general agreement over the government’s strategy of local versus uniform national lockdowns, with 57% supporting the former versus only 31% for the latter.

Northern voters – who are currently under the strictest rules – are the most likely to say the measures have gone too far or get the balance right, which combined outpoll the ‘do not go far enough’ option – which is the lowest in the UK. Maybe the North is just more freedom-loving…

Reacting the broader strategy, the government has seemingly lost faith with both the general public, and Conservative voters. Asked whether No. 10 has a clear plan to tackle the second wave, Tory voters agree the government doesn’t by 8%, versus 44% for the general public. 

Is it any wonder SAGE are worrying about public compliance with the new restrictions?

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Greens Overtake LibDems as Third Largest Party

Despite having had basically no media coverage since the 2019 election, the Green Party has overtaken the LibDems in YouGov’s latest poll to become Britain’s third most popular national party. Who could have predicted that the man who lost to Jo Swinson in the 2019 leadership election would prove even less popular than someone who lost their seat at the election…

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YouGov Slams Cadwalladr for Spreading Boris Covid Fake News

YouGov has made a timely intervention into a spiralling online conspiracy theory this morning, although not before its propagator had racked up over 30,000 likes for her lie. Conspiratorial cat lady Carole Cadwalladr – spurred on by Labour figures such as Dawn Butler – promoted the idea that support for the Government surged as a result of Boris catching Covid.

Clearly prompting YouGov to stage an intervention with the reality of the situation…

30,000 likes for Cadwalladr’s misleading Tweet. 200 likes for YouGov’s truth.

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First Poll Gives Labour Lead Since Boris Became PM

An Opinium Research poll out this evening gives Labour the party’s first lead since Boris won the Tory leadership contest well over a year ago. Labour is up three points on the company’s last poll from the 9th September, giving the party a three-point lead over the Tories on 39%. The state of the rest of the parties:

  • SNP: 6%
  • LibDem: 5%
  • Green: 4%

While it’s just one poll, if anything it’s surprising it’s taken this long into the pandemic…

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“Anti-Racist” British Library’s Staff is 95% White

Three weeks ago, Liz Jolly – the British Library’s Chief Librarian – claimedracism is the creation of white people”, and came out in support of changes to displays and collections in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests to purge the library of racism. The library’s “Decolonising Working Group” even claims the building itself is an imperialist symbol because it resembles a battleship…

Guido thought he’d look into how the British Library themselves were doing in fighting racism – by FoI’ing their own workforce demographics – and can reveal only 5.0% of their total workforce who have declared an ethnicity are black full-time employees (73), representing 4.6% overall. Even including part-time BAME workers, only 5.5% of the library’s staff represent the diversity they claim to so strive for.

This is in stark contrast to the demographics of Camden – the area in which the library is located – which boasts 34% BAME demographics as of 2011. Guido hopes the Chief Librarian will look into her own unconscious bias when it comes to her hiring policy…

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