Surely that should read,
“Using lower preferences for other PRO-INDEPENDENCE parties (OPIP) under the local council voting system : Risk-free, can only do good.”
Voting for ANY unionist party can only do harm. Especially now that Theresa May has openly declared the British establishment’s intention to present the local election results as a plebiscite on whether there should be a fresh independence referendum.
To vote for ANY unionist party or candidate – irrespective of that candidate’s personal views on independence – is to support the British nationalist campaign to deny our right of self-determination. And it’s not only about seats won or councils controlled. Theresa May’s intention to make this a plebiscite on giving her the right to overrule our elected government and parliament means that every single vote matters, regardless of its effect on the outcome.
It is important to stress this because there are Yes groups out there seeking to persuade people that it is OK to vote for unionist parties. It must be clearly understood that voting for unionist parties is NOT and CANNOT EVER BE compatible with the aims of the independence movement.
I will always defer to James Kelly in matters psephological and the sometimes baffling intricacies of our proportional electoral systems. But I would suggest the following as the default voting strategy for those who wish to defend Scotland’s democratic right to choose how we wish to be governed, and/or those who aspire to the restoration of Scotland’s rightful constitutional status.
(1) Highest preferences: SNP
(2) Lower preferences: OPIPs
(3) NO VOTES FOR UNIONISTS!
EDIT: I am grateful to Rolfe for his response on on the Scot Goes Pop site pointing out something I had not considered. This short quote is, I think, self-explanatory.
Once you’ve ranked all the pro-independence candidates, go on down the list. I know it’s a bit of a thought to put any mark at all against Labour or the LibDems, but by ranking them above the Conservatives you can do your bit to minimise the number of Tory councillors. And in doing that there is NO CHANCE AT ALL that you will disadvantage any of the candidates you already ranked higher.
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