Hello! I'm Mark Pack, author of Polling UnPacked: The History, Uses and Abuses of Political Opinion Polls, as well as 101 Ways To Win An Election and Bad News: what the headlines don't tell us. Welcome to my summary of the latest national voting intention poll from each pollster currently operating in Britain. Below the table, you'll find the option to sign up to email updates about new polls and also a set of answers to frequently asked questions about political polling. Or, if you'd like to find out more about how polls work, how reliable they are and how ...

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The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on the Welsh government to take a leaf out of Spain's book on public transport. The party is calling for the Welsh Labour government to consider introducing a scheme similar to the one introduced this month in Spain which will see free train journeys for commuter and medium-distance trains between 1 September and 31 December. The Spanish policy aims to cushion the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on citizens, particularly those who rely on using public transport to get to work. The policy will also see a 30% discount on all other forms of ...

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Figures from the Office for National Statistics released this week revealed that the number of drug-related deaths in England and Wales rose for a ninth successive year in 2021, by 6.2% to a record 4,859. The highest rate of deaths was seen in those aged 45-49. While more than 45% of drug deaths involved opiates, the biggest increase over the last decade has been in cocaine-related deaths, up from 112 in 2011 to 840 in 2021. Jane Dodds in Wales called for a much more holistic approach to those reported for drug offences, treating offenses as a public health issue ...

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Writing in the Edinburgh Evening News, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Alex Cole-Hamilton condemned the SNP government for its slow progress in accepting and settling Ukrainian refugees: Scottish ministers wanted the kudos of being seen to help but did little of the preparation to make it happen. As such, we have homes across Scotland still waiting either to be processed or matched to a Ukrainian guest. We also have Ukrainians placed in remote areas without access to transport. Ukraine refugees in Scotland: Five things the SNP should be doing to help - Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP | Edinburgh News https://t.co/6haNrKIIV8 ...

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From the blurb for this podcast in the Conspiracy Games & Countergames series: For 15 years Brent Lee not only believed in conspiracy theories but helped produce and popularize them. Today, he warns others about both the danger and the appeal of conspiratorial world-building. We have been taught to imagine that people fall into the proverbial "rabbit hole" because of isolation, idiocy and paranoia. But in this interview, Brent explains how he and many others came to it from through critical thinking, scepticism towards the operations of social power and empathy with those who were suffering. We explore with him ...

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My tweets

Wed, 12:56: RT @JeremyCliffe: Even by the standards of Europe's uncompromising August auto-reply culture, this is impressively firm: "I will return the... Wed, 16:05: RT @WhoresofYore: Remember this one? "Lily the Pink" (1968) by the UK comedy group The Scaffold. This song went to n.1 in the charts & stay... Wed, 17:11: RT @AndrewPRLevi: Well, @jeremycorbyn is in the news again, talking dangerous nonsense about Russia & Ukraine. @johnsweeneyroar got him de... Wed, 19:10: Make Your Brain Work, by Amy´┐ŻBrann https://t.co/xiO3hrnIBT Wed, 20:48: RT @paullewismoney: The fall of the British Passport "In 2010, it was ranked as the most powerful ...

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Consequence free

The Guardian reports on the ruling of the police watchdog that every officer involved in the Daniel Morgan scandal will escape punishment, despite an independent inquiry finding that corruption in the Metropolitan police shielded the private detective's killers with the force ignoring information. The paper adds that those escaping any action include the former Met commissioner Cressida Dick, who the inquiry accused of hampering its work: Morgan, 37, was found murdered on 10 March 1987 in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham. With his business partner, Jonathan Rees, Morgan ran an agency called Southern Investigations. It ...

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One of the Lib Dems' newest MPs, Helen Morgan has put forward a motion on supporting rural communities to Conference in September. The wide ranging motion, which will be summated by Richard Foord, calls on delegates to agree that rural areas should no longer be taken for granted and that the Liberal Democrats are best placed to help them. It says the government should introduce a price cap on heating oil and other off-grid fuels and expand the rural fuel duty relief scheme to be doubled and to cover more areas. It also calls for ministers to protect rural childcare ...

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