Election website a mine of information

POLITICS hacks barely need go any further than a newly-launched website for all the background information they might require to report the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections.

www.scotlandvotes.com even allows you to assess the impact of different percentage voting patterns on the big day – in the same ‘swingometer’ fashion made famous by the BBC’s analyst on election nights: Peter Snow.

As well as lots of information about each of the constituencies – plus a chance to comment on each of them – there is a listing of possible new faces come the day after polling has taken place, among them the SNP’s Alex Salmond.

The website is the work of PR giants, Weber Shandwick, and was undertaken entirely on their own initiative and at their own expense, to provide people with a chance to get more interested in the election.