Slow Election

“Scotland is different. At the simplest level, the full Scottish [EU election] result will not be known until Monday because they don’t count votes on the Sabbath in the Western Isles.” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-48270030

Go the teuchters; resisting the instant information imperative!

Win:win

“In the final four days [before the British EU referendum], YouGov, Survation, ComRes and BMG all published polls showing Remain ahead. Some of their polling specifically was cited by currency analysts for moving the pound higher in the final week. Populus showed Remain winning by 10 points, making it the most off-base poll released. That one came out the day of the vote. None of the pollsters publicly disclosed that they were simultaneously working for hedge funds that stood to make massive profits if the results went the other way—against all expectations.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-06-25/brexit-big-short-how-pollsters-helped-hedge-funds-beat-the-crash

While British citizens remain in political paralysis, some sectors leave with billions.

Hunting Fact

“Hunting was the fourth most-shared topic, ahead of Brexit. … After social care, the most commonly mentioned manifesto commitment was the Hunting Act.” https://www.league.org.uk/blog/fox-hunting-played-major-election-role

Both issues where Tory ‘separate the wheat from the chaff’ policy failed to persuade the majority of the British public.

BBC covfefe

“Conservative MSP Jamie Greene says there is a hung parliament and there is a ‘duty and an onus for all members of parliament, particularly new members of parliament, to make Brexit work. … That’s why I’m pleased there are 13 Scottish Conservative MSPs going down there.’
Mr Greene says Ruth Davidson accepts the result of the Brexit infeernedmum” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-40193839?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=593a4ce0e4b0831b67030422%26%27I%27m%20pleased%20there%20are%2013%20Scottish%20Conservative%20MSPs%27%26&ns_fee=0#post_593a4ce0e4b0831b67030422

Win:win: Conservative MSPs going to Westminster is good news for Scotland, and ‘infeernedmum’ is a good description of Brexit thus far.

Macabre Manifesto

“The Conservative manifesto features commitments to make CCTV mandatory in slaughterhouses, reform pet vending rules and to address live exports alongside their pledge to hold a vote on the repeal of the Hunting Act.” http://www.onekind.scot/onekindblog/article/how_is_animal_welfare_treated_in_in_the_ge2017_manifestos

When Conservatives address crowds of live exports, what will they speak about? Voting for Christmas?

Tough on crime: no more vending the rules. If you pay for an animal, you’re entitled to watch its death being dispensed.

Greensilence

“Soon after the election was called, Greenpeace revealed it was fined in an ‘act of civil disobedience’ for refusing to be regulated under the Lobbying Act … which requires civil society organisations and business lobbyists to register and restricts their activities in the run-up to polling day.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jun/01/lobbying-act-stifling-environment-debate-in-election-campaign

Are we still able to vote for democracy?

Norbic

“At a meeting in Bergen, Norway, to discuss cooperation among their countries, the five heads of government came up with their own version of the [Riyadh orb] photo. …
‘In the lower [photo] are the five Nordic prime ministers, holding a ball with the sustainability goals. We’re hoping they’ll be a roadmap for the future.'” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/31/nordic-prime-ministers-troll-trumps-viral-orb-photograph

World leaders actually grasping the future? Bless the Nordics.