Scottish referendum polling - retrospective

Tue 18 November 2014
It's two months since Scotland held its referendum and so I thought I'd collect together some data I was looking at back then. I didn't write it up at the time because I'd become a little weary of the whole subject, but now the time feels ...

UK in Recession part 3 - borrowing

Wed 12 November 2014
This is the third post in this series on the UK in recession. This time I'll look at how the deficit (described in my last post) leads to borrowing (PSNB ex) and debt (PSND ex). Unfortunately this means I have to start off with rather dry and possibly boring ...

Cadfael

Mon 27 October 2014
rother Cadfael is a fictional Benedictine monk created by the author Ellis Peters who served as a Herbalist at Shrewsbury Abbey in 12th century England. Against the historical backdrop of "The Anarchy" - a civil war between King Stephen and the Empress Maude - Cadfael operated as a detective who solved many ...

UK in Recession part 2 - deficit, income and spending

Tue 21 October 2014
This is the second post in the series. I'll pick up where I left of at the end of the last post and investigate the deficit and how it relates to public sector spending and income in the time period of interest, from 1997 to 2014. As before, I ...

UK in Recession part 1 - GDP and debt

Tue 14 October 2014
Poor analogies, partial information, misunderstandings, oversimplifications and outright lies seem to be too common in any political discussion. I'm not just talking about partisan politicians and the media, but also discussion in online social media and in real life. Such misconceptions are especially troubling concerning the great recession of ...

Mid-life neuroplasticity

Mon 06 October 2014
Eyebrows. They need trimming? Why did the hair dresser ask me that, and why never before? I was told the answer at the Troon real ale festival about a week later. The following morning I ...

But Dad, you might be wrong

Tue 30 September 2014
"But Dad, you might be wrong." I couldn't disagree with my nine year-old son, though I said I'd given the matter much thought. We were walking down the hill from the polling station where I had just cast my vote in the Scottish independence referendum. Two weeks before ...

Voxelands

Thu 25 September 2014
Voxelands is a fork of Minetest which itself is a Free and Open Source (FOSS) reworking of the more famous Minecraft. I enjoyed Minecraft's immersive blocky world and there were lots of interesting mods to enhance ...

Scottish independence polling - update

Wed 17 September 2014
I've updated the analysis I performed at the weekend to include the five polls released since then: ICM for The Sunday Telegraph; ICM for The Scotsman; Panelbase for The Sunday Times; Opinium for The Daily Telegraph; and Survation for The Daily Mail. All of these were online polls. Here ...

Scottish independence polling

Sat 13 September 2014
Poll companies are finding the Scottish referendum to be a real challenge. It's unlike any general election: there are only two options (yes and no) and the turnout is expected to be high, perhaps 90%, compared to 50% for the 2011 Scottish elections and 65% for the UK elections ...

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