Voting for Brexit? May 19, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Michael McDowell has an unusually unfocused column in the SBP this weekend. Perhaps his new role as Senator is impinging on his writing time. Anyhow, he attempts to address Brexit in the context of sentiment and fear. He even throws in a not very funny eurosceptic joke about proposals to outlaw devices ‘God knows what the commission has in mind for the Aga cooker’.
But he offers a genuinely curious line about voters in referendums, suggesting that some might game the Brexit referendum in the North and in Scotland. He says:
Look… at Scotland, the SNP is dominant, the Tories are resurgent and Labour is in retreat.
The SNP favours Scotland staying in the EU. it is talking of another referendum to secede from Britain fi the Brexit vote succeeds on June 23.
Will there be SNP voters who, in the privacy of the ballot box, vote ‘Leave’ in the secret hope of Scotland having another referendum to leave Britain. By the same token, will some Scottish Tories vote ‘Stay’ to head off another referendum to break the union’.
Er… no in the first – and I have no idea about the second. In order to solidify a claim by Scotland that the referendum was going against the will of the majority there it would make no sense to increase the Leave side. If SNP voters voted Leave that might reduce the Stay sides majority, might even imperil it.
Has he really thought this through?