No mandate for Greens’ support
SIR, – With due regard to the Greens’ position as a supporter of the SNP referendum proposal I seriously question their democratic mandate as this is neither in the spirit or letter of their published manifesto.
The Greens manifesto was quite specific. “If a new referendum is to happen, it should come about by the will of the people, and not be driven by calculations of party political advantage.”
It is very clear the minority SNP government are seeking to take advantage of the situation at a time of great uncertainty before the Brexit outcome has been resolved.
The Greens have also advocated that 1million names on a petition could be the trigger for another independence referendum. I am not aware that such a petition exists.
The SNP have been quite vocal about their mandate at 46.5% of the Scottish constituency vote. If you collectively combine all the unionist vote it totals 1,194,343 but if you combine the SNP with all the separatist vote it only totals 1,073,069. Even considering the preference votes the separatists do not have a majority. It should be noted that turnout was very poor at about only 55.6%.
It is worth remembering what the turnout was in the 2014 Referendum at 84.6%. David Philip, Knockhall