A separatist massaging figures

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Sir,

Just a quick response to Mr Williams’ letter from last week.

He states that: ‘Had the election been a referendum…. independence won hands down.’

This again is a separatist massaging figures to suit their own agenda and presenting a totally erroneous viewpoint.

A general election uses the First Past The Post system (FPP), a system that gives the SNP 59 per cent of Scotland’s MPs whilst only acheiving less than 37 per cent of the vote.

A referendum however is a pure binary choice vote, yes or no, stay or leave, and the choice that gets the most votes wins.

In this case using the figures in the election as Mr Williams purports to do, we will see that the SNP and Greens would have totalled 983,455 votes and the unionist parties would have received 1,666,240 votes.

Another clear defeat for a party and a cause that some how managed to shed 21 seats and lose 476,867 votes in two years. These are the facts.

Mike McGeachy,

Campbeltown.