From David Patrick:
I was left incredulous by Murdo Fraser’s article in Wednesday’s paper (Prospect of SNP-Green deal makes a strong case for Holyrood voting reform, 2nd June).
Is this the same Murdo Fraser whose Conservative party formed a coalition with the DUP in Westminster in 2017, giving a majority of four on a combined 43% of the vote?
Or the same Murdo Fraser whose party currently holds a majority of 80 in Westminster – 57% of the seats! – on 43.6% of the vote?
If Mr Fraser genuinely supports voting reform, he should be appalled at democratic outrages such as these.
However, I fear that his concerns are a cakeist sham – and you don’t have to be a genius to work out why. Which electoral system should Mr Fraser support? Why, the one that gives his party the best chance of holding power, of course!
But there’s a darker edge to the opinion piece. With just over 50% of the regional list vote going to parties or independent candidates who declared support for Scottish independence, the proposition being made is not for the voting system in Scotland to be changed to promote democracy – but to thwart democracy.
Which begs the question – does Murdo Fraser believe in democracy at all?