Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Scottish Labour claims 432 is a smaller number than 218

Scottish Labour's entire election campaign appears to be to screech as often as possible that the largest party automatically forms the government, because it has done so ever since, er, Labour formed the government as the second-largest party.

Ok, let's take them at face value and imagine an (unlikely) outcome of the General Election being as follows. 

Labour and the Liberal Democrats win 216 seats apiece. The Conservatives win 218 seats. (The target, of course, is 326 seats for a majority). No other party wins a seat.

Labour and the Liberal Democrats agree to form a single voting bloc in the Commons.

The composition of Parliament looks thus:


Yeah, I know it says 434 instead of 432. Sue me.

What Jim Murphy is trying to tell you is that the bloc on the right which is well over one hundred seats short of a majority is automatically appointed as the government, whilst the bloc on the left - graphically, at least... - which has a comfortable Parliamentary majority of substantially over one hundred (which has, to put the enormity of Labour's lie into context, only been beaten once since Thomas Pellham-Holles was reappointed Prime Minister by George III after the Whigs won the 1761 General Election) would be banned from being the government. 

This is, clearly, balderdash. 

Jim Murphy, his party and his in-house broadcaster BBC Scotland, is genuinely trying to convince Scottish voters that a bloc one hundred seats short of a majority is automatically appointed as the government, whilst a bloc with a majority of 112 is banned from office. 


This is how stupid Labour think you are.

Let's not fall for their lies and tricks, and let's make them pay for their Tory alliance. 

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