The Truth about the 2nd Ref "Mandate"

A Force For Good reminds Nicola Sturgeon that she and her party do not represent the will of the majority of people in Scotland who love the United Kingdom and who want us to stay together, George Street, Edinburgh, 24 Aug 2022.

The Scottish nationalists are nursing their sob story for their Cry and Moan Pity Party on their Big Day of Disappointment on Wednesday 23rd November, when the Supreme Court makes its judgment on whether the SNP/Greens can have another attempt at breaking up Britain.

One of their weeping wails is that "The Scottish Parliament was given a democratic mandate by the electorate of Scotland in 2021 to deliver another referendum."

They build this claim upon the shoogly ground that the SNP/Greens got enough seats to form a coalition administration – 72 (64/8) out of 129.

Apparently it is "undemocratic" not to grant a referendum on the basis of this "mandate".

Let's have a closer look at this quote/unquote "mandate".

Let's put aside the constitutional fact that a devolved arm of the British Parliament cannot act outside of the British Parliament's authority, and cannot deliver a democratic mandate for a referendum to break up the United Kingdom itself. Such a mandate has to be found at the level of the Union Parliament.

Let's put that fact aside, and let's just look at their claim as far as the actual number of people voting for a second referendum is concerned.


Let's examine the total "Scottish nationalist vote" at the 6 May 2021 election – the combined vote of which apparently gives them "a mandate" for another referendum.

Remember that each person has two votes at the Holyrood election: one for the Constituency (decided by first-past-the-post) and one for the Region (decided by PR).

The following parties stood on a platform of independence for Scotland, and presumably for a second referendum.