EU vote claims do not add up

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, - In his rather con­vo­luted at­tempt to jus­tify the SNP’s “clear man­date” for yet an­other ref­er­en­dum, your cor­re­spon­dent Rod Sel­bie is guilty, in com­mon with cer­tain of­fi­cials of the rul­ing party, of mis­in­form­ing the public as to the true sta­tis­tics of the re­sult of the EU ref­er­en­dum in Scot­land.

I trust the fol­low­ing will put an end to the non­sense, of­ten stated, that 62% of Scots voted to re­main in the EU.

At the time of the poll, although 3,987,112 Scots were el­i­gi­ble, only 2,679,513 chose to vote, with 1,661,298 elect­ing to re­main.

It is quite ob­vi­ous that the lat­ter fig­ure does not rep­re­sent 62% of Scots vot­ers.

May I re­spect­fully, sug­gest Mr Sel­bie con­sults his cal­cu­la­tor. He will find that, if my sums are cor­rect, 42% to re­main is much nearer the mark.

This is any­thing but a “clear man­date”. Ian Kennedy. 1 Gray Den, Liff, Dundee.

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