Douglas and the Giant Peach

One of the main arguments is that the SNP and the Greens don’t necessarily have a mandate for independence. It is an absurd proposition and one that is so easily debunked. The most effective debunkers are often those who argue that there is no mandate. Which brings us to the Scottish Conservatives. A cornerstone of their campaign was “Stop the SNP and Indyref2 by voting Conservative on the peach ballot paper”. Douglas Ross campaigned hard for the peach vote to deliver a message that Scotland does not was a second referendum.

“And what did the peach paper say?”, I hear you ask. Well first of all, more people voted on the regional list (2,712,735) than did on the constituency ballot (2,706,683). Therefore, the regional result is the more representative of the two by shear weight of turnout. Of those 2,712,735 pro-independence parties and candidates received a majority of votes. Therefore, it takes some almighty logical gymnastics for the Scottish Conservatives to say that there is no mandate for the referendum. And when they reference the minority received on the constituency popular vote, it is easy to counter with the bigger turnout regional result and the importance that the Scottish Conservative placed on that vote prior to the election.

As ever, the opponents of independence oftentimes provide the answers to their own arguments.

Author: Grant McKenzie

Grant McKenzie is a freelance journalist, broadcaster and streamer. He is the founder of Cross/Rip. He works in radio and has written for Bella Caledonia, DC Thomson and Johnston Press in both news and sport. Grant has worked covering the SPFL, Solheim Cup and European Tour. He also streams regularly on Twitch talking about various issues including mental health. Grant is also a proud Dundonian studying a part time MA degree at the University of Dundee.

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