Ok, I wanted this blog to be pretty much only about the constitutencies and all the different angles and different outcomes the numbers could throw up. As readers should have spotted by now, I love my statistics. But if someone fiddles the numbers, I feel personally violated. Well, a tad aggrieved at least.
So for that reason I feel moved to highlight some poor form by the Liberal Democrats. This was spotted in my (fruitless) search for who their candidates are in various seats across Scotland.
Please see the graph in the top right hand corner at the folowing link - http://edinburghcentral-libdems.org.uk/
The difference between Lib Dem and SNP is 5% and the difference between Labour and Lib Dem is 9%. Yet note the different sizes in the coloured chart, Lib Dem's apparently breathing down Labour's neck with the SNP way out of the running.
I do happen to agree somewhat with the tagline "too close to call" but I maintain that this is a 3-way race, rather than a Lib-Dem vs Labour shoot-out. 2007 also sees a stronger challenge from SNP and the same candidate for Lib Dem, compared to 2003.
If I thought otherwise, I would genuinely urge SNP to vote Lib Dem as I would love to see the red hegemony toppled and Siobhan Mathers seems to have some cracking experience to bring to the Holyrood table. But there's no point giving up seats that are still there for the taking. Despite what some dubious bar charts may tell you.
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