The Sunday National this week posted an article with stats on list votes pitting pro-independence parties against unionist parties. Looking over the number of votes that all pro-indy list parties received (including Greens, SNP, Alba, and others) they lead by a majority of 61,889 votes with 1,372,993 going to independence supporting groups.
Rev Stu posted what may be his final article on Wings Over Scotland today which is really sad news indeed. WoS has always been able to cut straight to the truth, always supporting articles with links to original sources and references, and most importantly the site spoke truth to power.
So the Scottish Parliament election has come to an end and the results are in. The SNP increased their vote share and did really well but didn’t manage a majority despite an increase in votes. This is because the current voting system in Scotland is designed to prevent a single party from being able to get an outright majority forcing parties to have to work with others. The 2011 SNP majority was a pure fluke that was never meant to happen and is unlikely to be repeated easily. Why is this? It’s because of the D’Hont system. There seems to be much confusion amongst voters in Scotland over how the D’Hont voting system works, some confuse it with STV while others have little understanding of the formula behind it or simply misinterpret it.
“All the focus on Johnson’s refusal to extend transition has been essentially about relations between the EU and the UK – whereas in fact it is equally important for internal UK relations.
By January 1, 2021 we need to know what the rules are which are actually going to govern trade within the UK – translating that it basically means what are going to be the constraints on the Scottish and Welsh parliaments?
What is England going to do if Scotland wants to take a different path on the environment, or on agriculture? What if Scotland decided they do want to ban a certain type of plastic, for example, which England allows?
What if Scotland decided they are going to ban chlorinated chicken, while Boris Johnson wants to have a trade deal with the US which might allow it in? These problems will happen and we need to know what the rules are.”
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