I’m not a fan of opinion polls. I like real numbers. Here’s a pointless little graph that relies on real numbers. If I’ve done it wrong put me right.

Blue =  candidates per party as a percentage of seats available 2007
Red = successful candidates as a percentage of seats available 2007
Yellow = candidates per party as a percentage of seats available 2011
Green = candidate numbers in 2011 compared to 2007 successes


  • oracle

    what is that about mark???

  • Mark

    I pulled a muscle in my neck to find out you can’t spell percent .

  • Brian

    “Green = candidate numbers in 2011 compared to 2007 successes”

    Candidate numbers based on current polls? Help a brother out on this one.

  • So what do the confidence columns represent?

  • joeCanuck

    It’s both meaningless and useless should someone be unlikely enough to try to use it as a predictive tool. There are loads of both real and imaginary numers many of which, even the imaginary ones, are of great use to people such as myself. This chart doesn’t pass muster, and it certainly is not a graph.

  • ItwasSammyMcNally

    Certainly looks interesting – but can quite get the confidence – might be useful to show the actual numbers, for SF guessing it is about 40/5 = 12.5%

    Phoenetic Irish(Gaelic) for Slugger – teashop is another favourite, cant think of any others, obviously too early in the day for me – except of course most/many Irish placenames e.g. Dublin, Belfast, Shankill, Derry – probably more difficult to think of placenames that are not e.g Craigavon.

  • [aside] Sammy, there’s an Irish/Scottish provenance: Craigavon (from Irish: Creag Abhann). The others listed are anglicised forms of placenames in the Irish language.

  • Cynic2


    Its 9.15 on a Saturday night and 7you are spending time on this nonsense? Wait a couple of weeks and it will all happen. In the meantime go out, socialist, get drunk, whatever

  • Cynic2

    “Certainly looks interesting”

    No it bloody doesnt

  • ItwasSammyMcNally


    “The others listed are anglicised forms of placenames in the Irish language”

    Yes Nevin, that is the point,they are the phonetic place name equivalent of Dailerring.

  • tuatha

    Pretty colours but pretty meaningless.

  • Antoin Mac C.

    Dear joe-Meaningless?Useless?i tink dat its an overly optimistic portrayal of confidence in ff meself,sin shame should have their own colour graph,to represent their a bit of everything for everybody,complete unadulerated confidence in their own lack of wisdom and ability,and a die hard willingness to want to lead everybody nowhere,however i think mr mcgregor has quite vividly captured the fools skool political thinking of the political class,which equates to 2/3 colours/a few seats/bullshit and of course last but not least,the dollars.Mr McGregor Should Stand In The Next Election As An Independent Brain,which is a lot more than can be said about 99.9%+6+26=32 of the politicians on the island of aran.

  • Antoin Mac C.

    Real Numbers=450000 Unemployed.
    90 years of ff/fg/labour/greens/trots=450000 Unemployed.
    1971-70000 Unemployed
    Evolution of the Unemployed Class=
    2011=450000 Unemployed.
    And the Macro-Economics of the Upper-Workin Class Trots=Mean What to the Unemployablistics?