Lord Ashcroft’s poll

A sensible summary of the political atmosphere prior to the May 2015 election.

The Garden Lobby

Lord Ashcroft’s poll has sent a chill up and down the spines of every Labour MP, candidate and activist this morning. Some had clearly hoped that it wouldn’t be as bad as the national polls have indicated since the autumn. But their fears have been realised.

The poll underlines the fact that the referendum campaign and outcome has caused a momentous shift in Scottish politics. Scottish Labour is faced with electoral oblivion with less than 3 months to polling day and there is only damage control left to achieve.

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My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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