By Mike Small
Just as the parties that have campaigned together for the past two years are now desperately trying to disassociate from each other and explain, often in the most convoluted ways, how they are so very different, along comes the genius of Scotland’s Big Voice.
This is a secretive group which is trying to coordinate tactical voting ‘to save the union’. They were interviewed by Politics.co.uk here ‘Secret enemy: Meet the shady group fighting the SNP’.
We researched who had set up various aspects of the groups online presence. The registrant for the domain name scotlandsbigvoice.co.uk is Alistair McQuat, who also set up their twibbon appeal. His twitter account has since been deleted but here’s a screengrab of the cached version.
Maybe this group doesn’t deserve any attention.Their crowdfunding appeal was for just £500.
But as a marker of the desperation of the post-indyref No campaign, and the tactical disarray of the Unionist bloc, it is heartening as an approach.
The likeliest outcome from this approach is complete confusion.
As the parties fight hard to be distinguished the idea of a tactical vote with a few weeks left and without party endorsement will cause mayhem, diluting the vote and demoralising the activist base.
The group claims over 500 members and their aim is to: “Raise TACTICAL VOTING awareness across Scotland, to ensure the SNP do not damage Scotland and the Union during the Scottish GE in 2016. Scotland’s Big Voice exists to share and express our views on how to strengthen the political union between Holyrood and Westminister. To ensure this happens, a SNP government cannot have a large number of seats in Westminster. This can be achieved through targeted tactically voting.”
It really can’t, but we’re delighted they think it will.