by Christian Wright
The Tories are attempting to set-up a coup d’etat asserting they will have won the election if the are the party with the most seats but are short of a parliamentary majority.
This of course is nonsense. The only operational metric in deciding who forms a government is what constitutes a majority, the number equaling 50% of the seats in parliament plus one (excluding the Speaker’s seat, the Speaker’s aides seats, and 5 Sinn Fein seats).
The Times has a story running that is meant to back the Tory argument. It contains quotes from unnamed senior Labour politicians, and looks for all the world to be a fiction confected to bolster the Tory trope.
However of far greater value to the Tories are the statements from Labour who for the past six months have been bludgeoning the Scottish electorate with the lie that the party with the largest number of seats in a hung parliament forms the government.
We ourselves see no obvious way Labour can moonwalk away from this. Serial offender in chief hawking this fallacy has been London Labour’s placeman in Scotland, Jim Murphy. Have a look at this interview Jim gave to Brillo recently, in which Jim repeats, and repeats, and repeats, the lie ad nauseam.