Different Elections, Different voting Strategies

18 Apr

Another fine blogg from Rod,writes it so much better that I ever could.I hope all previous SNP voters do the same again and vote again SNP in June,my birthday is a week later 15th June hope for a clean sweep for an early birthday gift,and its one I can share with us all.

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Hot on the heels of Theresa Mays surprise snap announcement of a General Election on June 8th, Channel 4 reported that the Crown Prosecution Service would be considering charges against up to 30 Tory Mps for Election fraud which have been reported to them by the Police. They will have to make their decision on whether or not to proceed with these charges by the end of May or beginning of June.
With Theresa Mays government having a slim majority of 12, perhaps this is the real reason for their panic? Perhaps she really had no option, particularly if all these MPS were to be suspended.

However, whatever her real reasons, we in Scotland are faced with 2 elections in the space of a month.
As the Council elections and the General election run on different systems.. The Council election being Single Transferable Vote, and the General election on First…

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Now is the Time and Now Is the Hour

18 Apr

Aye Rod all of us wondering about this gamble and we need to be all singing from the same hymn sheet.Can the SNP hold onto all 56 seats? I’m wary about that,I can hope for a clean sweep as many will also hope for.The fear is we lose a few of the seats even a couple of them will do us damage and stimulate the Tories into doing us down further than they have done,time to become a keyboard warrior and do what I can,being daft I’m on the same level as most of the electorate.I just hope most of us give up being daft and realise what the Tories have done and will do to us.

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WELL……Who Saw This Coming?
In a complete U Turn which nobody was expecting..Theresa May decided to call for a Snap Election after all, after repeatedly saying that is what she would not do.
But Why? And Why Now?
Surely NOW IS NOT THE TIME for a divisive General Election? Not if you follow her reasoning for saying exactly the same thing in denying a Scottish Independence referendum in 18 months time.
So Why? and this does not even wait for 18 months…. We have barely 2 months to prepare for it.

The Scottish Council elections take place on May 4th… and Now we have a General Election for June 8th…. It is Madness… Or is it?

The Tories and to a lesser extent Labour, have been using the Council elections as a platform for opposing a Scottish Independence Referendum instead of caring about Local matters. The Tories have even gone…

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Scotland Council Elections by Area

17 Apr

For the perusal of everybody who has concerns for our local councils,and it should be all of of us.

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As a matter of Interest I decided to investigate the number of candidates the main parties were putting up for election in total and by area. To see if I could have some clue where the parties themselves thought was the best places that they were placed to get seats, and how much effort and support they had to actually put forward for seats.
Some areas, are particularly hard to work out because of a mixture of historical Independent candidates, and Independent candidates who really belong or have been affiliated to a main party but have been deselected or dare not nail their true colours to the mast.

But here goes… from the top

Shetland: 24 seats up for grabs

SNP Contesting: 1…and they have already been elected as there were only 3 seats available in his ward and only 3 contestants.

Torys: 2

No other parties putting up candidates…

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Complete Disrespect of Scotland

16 Apr

Another well written and well thought out blogg,worthy of sharing like the others were.I shall be sharing with Facebook and Google.Aye its been hi-jacked and as usual done in the most sleekit of ways just what we expect of the Tories and the Tory owned media.

Auld Acquaintance

The Council elections have been completely hijacked by the Tory and Labour Unionist parties. For them it is all about another Scottish referendum or the denial of one. Both of them are touting for Unionist votes and claiming that if you elect their Counselors they will Stop another Referendum. Apart from being an out and out lie, as counselors do not have the power to either deny or even grant a referendum, they make nothing whatsoever of what local people need in their own communities.
Council elections are supposed to be about policys with regard to things like Local Services, Waste collection and disposal, Social Services, Child welfare, local education policy, Special needs, Parks and Cemeteries, Housing, Homeless provision and a whole lot more.
But are they talking about any of these? No..they are banging on about Stopping a Scottish Referendum.
This is a total disrespect of everyone, be they…

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STV Voting made Simple

15 Apr

Source: STV Voting made Simple

Well here is where I eat a large portion of HUMBLE PIE and I deserve it.My error was in the word preference if I never preferred a person or party then my vote stopped where it was.So I apologise to all that I have disagreed with over STV and to those that I have advised,and I thank those that have corrected me. The STV system has a sting in its tail and I have had to change my mind and intentions,we could’ve let a Tory in by NOT VOTING them last that’s the sting in the tail,always meant to stop us the common people we need to change the system when we can.I’ll now share this to Facebook with thanks to Rod for writing it simply,for folk like me,or not like me.

STV Voting made Simple

15 Apr

Well here is where I eat a large portion of HUMBLE PIE and I deserve it.My error was in the word preference if I never preferred a person or party then my vote stopped where it was.So I apologise to all that I have disagreed with over STV and to those that I have advised,and I thank those that have corrected me. The STV system has a sting in its tail and I have had to change my mind and intentions,we could’ve let a Tory in by NOT VOTING them last that’s the sting in the tail,always meant to stop us the common people we need to change the system when we can.I’ll now share this to Facebook with thanks to Rod for writing it simply,for folk like me,or not like me.

Auld Acquaintance

The Council elections use STV, Single Transferable vote. Which means that you get to select your preferences in order of preference…From the most preferred at No.1 to your Least preferred as last preference.

You don’t need to use up all your preferences…you can choose not to go past your top preferences and just leave the rest blank… But that may play into the hands of those you don’t want later.. So USE ALL Your preferences…even if it means giving last preferences to those you don’t want. It doesn’t work in their favour, but works against them.

SNP 123…Green 4, SSP 5,  Libdem 6, Lab 7, Tory/UKIP 8

In places where Independents are running…. place them in front of Unionist parties and behind Indy supporting ones..

MAKE YOUR VOTE REALLY COUNT

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No to YES

14 Apr

Another excellent piece of writing from Rod,very cheerful,this’ll brighten up the most dreich day for anybody.

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It is not my profession, but regularly to keep fit I do some store merchandising and shop fitting.
Why do I mention this? Simply to relate a little antidote from my travels.
Pre the 2014 #Indyref I had been away with a bunch of scots blokes to do a refit somewhere in England. The subject of the referendum barely raised its head, the guys were far more interested in talking about the footie than any referendum.
On the one occasion that I did hear them discuss it, they to a man said that they would be voting NO, and I assume that is exactly what they did.

Over the past 10 days I have been in the English midlands with 10 of these blokes, fitting out a brand new store. On this occasion, there was the usual footie talk, but intermingled with it was lots of talk about a new…

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