Supermajority: What Can It Achieve?

16 Jul

Random Public Journal

By Jason Michael

AN IDEA HAS BEEN PUT to the Scottish independence movement ahead of the May 2021 Holyrood elections. Given that the more successful the Scottish National Party is in the constituency (FPTP) vote the poorer it must perform in the regional list (D’Hondt) vote, it is suggested that a pro-independence party run for seats in those regions where neither the SNP nor the Scottish Greens are expected to win list seats. Naturally, this idea has caused some controversy. It flies in the face of an SNP dogma which aims to monopolise the political representation of the independence movement, and it feels counterintuitive to ordinary voters who mistakenly believe their individual votes have equal weight. But the arithmetic of such a plan is tempting. With 1.1 million votes cast for pro-independence parties in the 2016 regional list (48.3 percent of the electorate), only 10 pro-independence MSPs were elected…

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