Oblomov wrote: ↑Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:47 pm
My initial reaction to the formation of the Alba party was surprise that the creation of a splinter faction as a vanity project to satisfy the disgraced former leader's ego and split the vote due to a petty vendetta with his former allies wasn't Jeremy Corbyn.
It almost makes sense if you dig deep into the workings of the insanity that is the list system.
Parties effecively have their count of constituencies subtracted form their list numbers.
With the SNP standing as the sole independence party, this saw them often gain no list seats in regions where they had swept the constituencies.
ie Majority of votes - none on the list.
Also there are no transfers this time around, just one X for constituency and one X for the region.
I can't recall whether it was the same last time out.
First time, I think there was ranked voting with transfers, and the voters fucked up around 50% of ballots.
Tactically, there's some sense in an independence supporter voting SNP for constituency and Alba on the regional list.
Alba with no constituency candidates will get a very good rate on list candidates.
The same mechanism that allows the Tories to pretend they're a lot bigger than their share of the vote would suggest.