The Fear Games

It’s all getting rather too much for the established Westminster parties. The facts that Scotland may have the temerity to ignore the Labour Party for the first time since Alec Douglas Home was Prime Minister rebuff the Lib Dems and continues to detest the Tories has Westminster in a tizzy. Most commentators will tell you that at election time it is sometimes better to find an enemy real or imagined and demonise them than to actually tell the electorate what they are voting for. It’s a kind of “better the devil you know” strategy and it has worked in the past. However this UK election may be the first in a long time when this tactic will fail.

Mandy Rhodes, Managing Director of Holyrood Communications has penned and interesting article on this subject and it is well worth a read.

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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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