Referendum 2014
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The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Labour exaggerating referendum impact after vote as SNP do best to talk it down

THERE were two narratives of the result in Cowdenbeath - one was that the result followed traditional British election narratives of mid-term punishment for the government of the day.
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By election looms as Scottish Labour MP charged with three counts of common assault

By election looms as Scottish Labour MP charged with three counts of common assault | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
By election looms as Scottish Labour MP charged with three counts of common assault...
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Peter A Bell's comment, February 24, 2012 5:50 AM
Denis Canavan isn't exactly pulling his punches.

“I am saddened but not very surprised to hear about this latest incident. Sadly, it says as much about the quality of the Labour Party’s selection process for candidates as it does about Mr Joyce.

“He is not a fit and proper person to be an MP. My sympathies lie with the people of Falkirk, not with Mr Joyce. This all speaks volumes about the way the Labour Party goes about selecting its candidates.”

Coming on top of the internal rows over selection (and de-selection) of candidates for the forthcoming council elections, this is particularly damning.
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Analysis: what Cowdenbeath says about the parties as 18/9/14 looms

Analysis: what Cowdenbeath says about the parties as 18/9/14 looms | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
As the first set-piece contest of 2014, the Year of the Referendum, all the party strategists are today trying to read the runes from Cowdenbeath in terms of September. So what does it mean for the individual parties?
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I doubt if any "party strategists" are foolish enough to try and extrapolate from a by-election to a referendum. By-elections are notoriously poor predictors of general election performance. They are utterly meaningless in the context of a referendum that is still some eight months away and, in any case, unconnected with party politics.

This, of course, assumes that these "party strategists" have more sense than their spin-doctor colleagues and, of course, the mainstream media's political correspondents.

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