Saturday, 23 February 2013
Clutching at Straw Polls
For some reason the BBC have given prominence on the Text political pages to A mock referendum among students on Scottish independence has resulted in a large majority in favour of staying within the UK.
Students at the University of Glasgow were balloted using the same question as will be used in the referendum itself, due next year.
When asked "should Scotland be an independent country?", 62% (1614) voted no, while 38% (967) said yes.
Only 2,589 out of more than 23,000 students took part in the poll.
Now I can understand how the biased unionist media like the Scotsman and Herald making much of just over 10% of students voting. Some of who will not be living in Scotland when the referendum takes place.
But for the BBC to treat this as a major political story is ridiculous.
There's also a myth that students are more politically aware than the rest of the population but from my experience only a few can be bothered to partake in the Student Union activities out side entertainment at the Union Building and their own societies.
Politics comes way down in their interests alas and those that do are put off when they realise that many of the most vocal have decided that they are pursing a political career and see the Union as more useful for this than academic achievement.
This was not an opinion pol and should not be treated as such and reflects that Unionist including the BBC are clutching at straws and using this mock referendum to show that there's no desire for independence. When it merely reflects the membership and strength of the political societies in Glasgow University.