It’s been a while since I’ve have a chance to put virtual pen to paper — the election campaign certainly put paid to any spare time in recent months.

A lot of political water has indeed passed under the bridge since my last article— the AFI proved dead on arrival…

The latest factoid doing the rounds in the bubble that is indy social media is the correlation being implied that the more constituency seats the SNP wins, the ‘less likely’ it is to win list seats.

The implication made is that the Additional Member System (AMS) d’Hondt algorithm somehow prevents…

A further ‘argument’ for having an indy list party is that the unionists have a ‘massive inbuilt advantage’ in the Additional Member System (AMS) used for the Scottish Parliamentary elections, because there are three unionist parties (Tories, Labour and Lib Dems) and the indy side has ‘only’ two (SNP and…

The AFI now looks set to appear on the list in next May’s Holyrood election as, to satisfy the Electoral Commission, it has had to change its name from the AFI to… the AFI — or rather from the Alliance For Independence to Action for Independence.

The AFI will join…

Of all the hyperbole about the Additional Member System (AMS) used for elections to Scotland’s Parliament, ‘breaking the system’ must be one of the most commonly made, yet most commonly misunderstood.

The phrase is frequently coupled with the myth that the proportional AMS was a ‘fix’ by Labour to prevent…

The most pernicious myth persisting on indy social media about the Additional Member System (AMS) used for Holyrood elections is that an SNP list vote is ‘wasted’ and that #BothVotesSNP is a ‘bad idea’ as it is ‘impossible’ for the SNP to win a majority. …

You can bet good money that no social media discussion on the list vote will happen without someone asserting that ‘the SNP only won four seats in 2016 so a list vote for them is wasted’. This is usually coupled with the claim that the SNP can ‘only win’ in…

As we continue our foray into the dense ticket of myths, misunderstandings and misinformation about the Additional Member System (AMS) used for elections to the Scottish Parliament, another factoid that frequently arises is the notion that, to garner more indy seats, it is more ‘efficient’ to vote for a small…

Another assertion frequently made by proponents of the new ‘indy supermajority’ list parties (such as the AFI and ISP), is that you can safely vote for them, as they ‘won’t be competing with the SNP, but targeting unionist list seats instead’.

Anyone with even the slightest familiarity with how the…

Will ‘Gorgeous George’ and his Alliance For Unity split the unionist vote?

Serial self promoter George Galloway has announced he is returning to Scotland to save The Precious Union.

His ‘Alliance 4 Unity’ party is supposedly to run candidate lists in each of Scotland’s eight electoral regions, with Generalissimo George himself standing in the South of Scotland Region.

The Union is so…

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