Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Three or four seats, perhaps one.

Here is an interesting interview with Tommy Sheridan on newsnight Scotland.

I have no real truck with the man, but I have to say he comes over well, and defends the socialist case for independence quite ably.

He claims that Solidarity's support is under-represented in the opinion polls, and beleives they will win three or four seats, perhaps only one.

We shall see. All polls I have seen suggest that the SSP has more support than Solidarity, so the question entirley depends upon whether Sheridan's name counts. (It will also be intertsing to see if any confusion is caused by the lead candidate for Scargill's Socialist Labour Party in the Central region also being called Sheridan!


Korakious said...

Not the "coming after me" again. Fuck's sake.

AN said...

It is also worth saying that getting 600 people to a rally to see him and galoway is as much spactacle as politics.

It doesn't necessarily mean they are political supporters.

Indeed even if they are al politicall supporters, rallies don't necessarily get votes. Apparently some of the largest electon meetings during the french election were held by the PCF, having meetings of several thousand people.

Korakious said...

Well aye. Celebrity status may attract an audience, but if you can't get people to support you for your politics it doesn't mean that they are going to bother to vote on election day.

Sheridan might well be reelected on Thursday, but I don't see Solidarity having a long term future.

badmat said...

A YouGov poll st the weekend had Solidarity on 3%, SSP on 2%; but YouGov's methodology is criticised by other pollsters and such low levels are pretty meaningless. Soon see, but not hopeful!

AN said...

It also depeds how the votes ate distributed, if the SSP get more votes in Lothians, andlidarity more in glasgo, they could both win.

I hope (possibly forelornly) that Rosie Kane gets re-eected, as she has really impressed me.

badmat said...

It was a good interview - the interviewer seemed a bit more better informed and somehwt less hostile than the equivalent in London would be