|By Jason Michael|
Deputy First Minister John Swinney rejected calls from within the party for people to give their regional list vote to another pro-independence party, saying that in 2011 the system worked for the SNP – resulting in an overall majority. Stewart McDonald came out swinging, stating emphatically that the ‘only strategy that ever delivered a pro-independence majority … was the one that advocated [both votes SNP]. In response to another defection from the party line, Julie Hepburn – a party activist – tweeted that both votes SNP is ‘a proven way to achieve a pro-independence majority,’ and that ‘it worked in 2011.’
Pete Wishart has been going around in circles over social media repeating the exact same message; supporting the SNP with both votes gave the party an overall majority in 2011 and made the 2014 independence referendum possible. On the face of it, this is faultless reasoning. If this strategy worked in the past, and the polls are indicating similar levels of support, then it can work again – it stands to reason that the party should be asking for voters to give them both votes. But this is wrong. The Scottish parliament’s FPTP-D’Hondt mixed member system, widely believed to have been designed to make it difficult for the SNP to get an overall majority, actually works against the SNP now.
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