Scottish leader Willie Rennie on today’s Sunday Politics Scotland:
And this was the party’s constitution spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton on Good Morning Scotland the previous day:
(Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, 11 March 2017)
The SNP got 44% of the vote in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, exactly twice the share of their nearest challengers (the Scottish Conservatives on 22%).
That’s more than was achieved in any of Margaret Thatcher or Tony Blair’s election wins (Blair’s biggest share being 43.2% in 1997, Thatcher’s 43.9% in 1979), and a bigger margin of victory than any UK general election since 1931.
According to the Lib Dems, none of those elections were really victories.
If Rennie and Cole-Hamilton are arguing that no party which fails to get 50% of the popular vote (a bar which also hasn’t been cleared since 1931) has any mandate to carry out its manifesto, that’s an interesting position to debate.
If it isn’t what they’re arguing, readers might be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that they’re a pair of absolute idiots.