More lessons in the Belfast Telegraph poll…

The detailed results of the Belfast Telegraph poll into current Assembly voting intentions were published at the weekend www.lucidtalk.co.uk We can be sure that the parties will be poring over them. They will translate the changes in percentage support into votes, and then project that into individual Assembly constituencies, and also look for lessons for their next Westminster and European campaigns. Here’s what they will find: • The UUP appears to have lost over 14,700 voters since the last Assembly … Read more

Mr No Vote wins 17/18 …

Map of NI showing how turnout affected 2010 Westminster election results - adapted from Ark Election site ark.co.uk/election

A bunch of hacks (programmers) and hackers (journalists – real and citizen!) attended ScraperWiki‘s workshop in the University of Ulster Belfast campus on Saturday. The idea was to unearth benefit and stories from the public data, if necessary using robotic data scraping techniques to lift facts and figures out of ill-formatted webpages into a more useful database format to explore the connections. Three teams formed, looking at NI Court decisions, comparing pay levels across public, private and voluntary vacancies advertised … Read more