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- Jun.08.2018: olling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen. Schadenfreude is to be avoided at all costs, but this interview clip with Nicola Sturgeon just released by Channel 4 news - in which she appears to have forgotten the set up costs of independence suggested by the newly published economic report which she herself commissioned - is hard to watch. Perhaps it is because Sturgeon is such a consummate media performer that a shoogly moment is so remarkable. Libby Brooks, The Guardian.
- Apr.20.2018: SNP met Cambridge Analytica before 2016 poll, Nicola Sturgeon admits. Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs that an external consultant acting on behalf of the her party met staff from Cambridge Analytica in February 2016, three months before the election. Brittany Kaiser, a former programme director at Cambridge Analytica, told MPs earlier this week that the company had made a sales pitch to the SNP in London and that there had been a follow-up meeting in Edinburgh. A spokesman for Ms Sturgeon said that she did not know of the meeting until it was mentioned by Ms Kaiser in the Commons. For the past few elections the SNP has relied both on its Activate database, which collated information from canvass returns and the electoral roll, and a system called Nationbuilder, which it used to gather information on voters including photos and email addresses. The pro-independence campaign also paid Facebook in the run-up to the 2014 referendum so it could identify supporters of rival parties and target them with advertisements. All of these techniques were entirely legal and were used by other parties too. Hamish Macdonell, The Times.
- Jan.26.2018: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has posted a copy of a small notice published by theDaily Mail admitting it printed incorrect claims (or "fake news", about her. The Mail had claimed that Ms Sturgeon had ordered that Union Flags would not be flown on the Queen’s birthday, but this turned out to be entirely fictitious. SkawkBox, '