Saturday, 31 December 2011

SNP Membership Hits The 20,000 Mark

Party officials added that with 20,139 members, the number of people in the SNP was now more than double the total eight years ago, when it was 9,450. They said almost 4,000 new members had signed up over the course of 2011.
Ms Sturgeon said: "Our 20,000-membership milestone is the icing on the Christmas cake for the SNP."
She added that the party's record membership came after a "momentous year for Scottish politics and for the SNP", with the nationalists securing an historic overall majority at Holyrood in May's election.
She continued: "With 20,000 members all working to make Scotland better, the SNP is now the largest party in Scotland and is increasingly the natural choice of those wanting to build a better Scotland.
"We are winning new members and public support as voters recognise the successes of the SNP in Government and our commitment to make Scotland smarter, fairer and wealthier."

Friday, 30 December 2011

NBC Opinion Poll Of Likely Caucus Goers In Iowa

Mitt Romney 23%
Ron Paul 21%
Rick Santorum 15%
Rick Perry 14%
Newt Gingrich 13%
Michelle Bachmann 6%

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

86% Think The Scottish Parliament Should Raise Most Of The Money It Spends

Reform Scotland asked 811 people – sourced from its distribution lists and via Twitter – a range of questions about independence and devolution.
Asked if they thought the Scottish Parliament should be responsible for raising the majority of the money it spends, 86 per cent of those questioned said yes. A majority answered yes across the political parties, although about 54 per cent of the sample declared themselves SNP supporters.
Two-thirds (66 per cent) of those questioned said they would vote “yes” for independence if presented with a straight-forward yes or no question on whether the UK should be broken up. That contrasts with the lower levels of support for independence recorded by polls with random and larger samples.

Newt Gingrich Supported Romneycare In 2006

“The most exciting development of the past few weeks is what has been happening up in Massachusetts. The health bill that Governor Romney signed into law this month has tremendous potential to effect major change in the American health system. We agree entirely with Governor Romney and Massachusetts legislators that our goal should be 100 percent insurance coverage for all Americans.” Newt Gingrich in 2006.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Leading Civil Servant Questions The Future Of The United Kingdom

Britain's most senior civil servant Sir Gus O’Donnell has publicly questioned whether the United Kingdom will still exist in a few years’ time. The leading Whitehall figure is worried about the political rise of Scottish Nationalism. Mr O'Donnell was speaking out in the Daily Telegraph.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Ron Paul Leads In Iowa According To New Opinion Poll

The Public Policy Polling telephone survey of 597 likely Republican caucus voters in Iowa found Mr. Paul, a congressman from Texas, leading with 23% of the vote, followed by 20% for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and 14% for Newt Gingrich.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Mitt Romneys Hard Times

Mitt Romney has told supporters of his hard times while in France as a Missionary for his church. How he had to use a bucket to go to the lavatory and a hose in order to have a shower.But the Republican
 presidential hopeful spent a significant portion of his 30-month mission in a Paris mansion described by fellow American
missionaries to The Daily Telegraph as “palace”. It featured stained glass windows, chandeliers, and an extensive art collection. It was staffed by two servants – a Spanish chef and a houseboy.
Although he spent time in other French cities, for most of 1968, Mr Romney lived in the Mission Home, a 19th century neoclassical building in the French capital’s chic 16th arrondissement. “It was a house built by and for rich people,” said Richard Anderson, the son of the mission president at the time of Mr Romney’s stay. “I would describe it as a palace”.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Alex Salmond Polls Well With Lib Dem Voters

Over half of Lib Dem voters are satisfied with Alex Salmond's performance as First Minister according to the latest poll from Ipsos Mori.
Showing how out of touch the Lib Dem leadership is with their own voters 56% of Lib Dem voters are satisfied with Alex Salmond's performance in spite of the continued negativity toward the First Minister from the Lib Dem leadership.
The latest Ipsos MORI poll revealed that satisfaction rates for the SNP leader were sitting at 62% - more three times higher than Willie Rennie of the Lib Dems and 44 points ahead of new Tory leader Ruth Davidson.
Commenting on the figures SNP MSP for Aberdeenshire West Dennis Robertson said
“This latest poll shows continuing public support for Alex Salmond as Scotland's First Minister with high satisfaction ratings across the country and support across all parties.
"Whilst Willie Rennie and Michael Moore seek to do Scotland and the Scottish government down, their voters continue to back Alex Salmond as a First Minister who speaks up for Scotland and shares their ambitions.
Scotland's Lib Dem leadership is increasingly out of touch with its own supporters.
"With the Lib Dems giving Alex Salmond a positive approval rating, more Tories favouring the First Minister than support their own party leader in Scotland and even 40% of Labour voters backing Alex Salmond there is continued support across the country for his actions and the leadership of the SNP in Government.
"As Lib Dems struggle once again to come to terms with the failure of their leadership to hold back the actions of the Tory coalition government it is no surprise that they are turning to a party and a leader with conviction and a clear vision for Scotland. "

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Max Keiser Attacks David Cameron

Max Keiser the star of the Keiser Report on RT said“In real terms, I see the British economy suffering tremendously, because they’ve totally isolated themselves from the rest of the global financial system by, again, protecting their own cadre of fund managers and completely lax regulatory environment,” Keiser said.
“Let me repeat, MF Global – the Jon Corzine billion-dollar scandal – went through London. AIG, a multi-billion dollar scandal, went through London. The Lehman Brothers Scandal went through London. It is the world’s capital of fraud. David Cameron knows that. That’s who pays for his re-election campaign: he’s financed by bank frauds. That’s who he protects. Now he wants the world to finance the City of London while at the same time he’s not going to participate in the overall Euro project. It’s not going to work. This is his death sentence.”
It's a suicide move by Cameron, Max Keiser concluded – one which "will finish his Prime Ministership.”

Mitt Romney Betting Man

The former Governor of Massachusetts, who is thought to have amassed a personal fortune of about $250 million (£160 million) as a private equity executive, offered to pay Rick Perry the money if he could prove that Mr Romney once favoured forcing people to buy health insurance.
“You're simply wrong, Rick,” Mr Romney said, during a TV debate in Des Moines, Iowa. “I'll tell you what,” he added, offering his hand. “Ten-thousand bucks? A ten-thousand dollar bet?” Rick Perry replied: “I'm not in the betting business.”

Saturday, 10 December 2011

SNP Have Twice As Many Voters As Labour According To New Poll

A survey by Ipsos MORI says 51% of people certain to vote would support the SNP in a Scottish Parliament election.
Support for Labour was down to 26%, with the Scottish Conservatives on 12% and Liberal Democrats on 8%. Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called the poll "sensational" and a ringing endorsement of Alex Salmond's government.

She said: "The SNP now has the support of over half the electorate, and there is growing support for Scotland having the full range of job-creating powers we need to boost jobs and recovery, protecting the NHS frontline services and becoming an equal and independent country."

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

The Three Wives Of Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich has been married three times. He married his first wife Jackie Battley in 1962 when Newt was 19 years old and Jackie was 26 years old. Jackie was Newt's former Geometry teacher. In 1980 they got divorced. In 1981 Newt married Marianne Geither this marriage lasted until the year 2000 when they got divorced. In that same year Newt married Callista Bisek a woman 23 years his junior who once worked as a staffer in the House Of Representives.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Support For Scottish Independence Increases Again

The results of the annual Scottish Social Attitudes Survey (SSA), presented today, show 32 per cent are now in favour of independence, up from 23 per cent last year to a level of support not seen since 2005.
The poll also found support for all decisions being made in Scotland has leaped 15 points to 43 per cent, while 29 per cent backed control over everything apart from defence and foreign affairs being passed to Scotland – the option often referred to as “devolution max”.
Meanwhile, the survey found the price of independence is just £500 – with 65 per cent in favour if everyone was a few hundred pounds better off as a result.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Latest Red C Opinion Poll

FG 32 (+1)
FF 18 (+4)
Lab 15 (-2)
SF 15 (-1)
GR 1 (NC)
Oth 18 (-3)

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Michael Gove Has Fairly Changed His Tune

Michael Gove seen in the photograph above taking part in a NUJ picket during a Strike in the late 1980's. Now of course he is the Tory Minister of Education and a critic of Strikes by public sector workers like teachers.