I ask because today the SNP’s ‘strategic communications director’ tweeted the ‘tactical voting wheel.’ In case you’ve missed it, here it is:
(Click to enlarge – you know you want to)
I couldn’t quite work out how this diagram was a matter for the SNP’s strategic communications or why they’d want to publicise it for the majority of Scots voters who don’t want a significant SNP presence in the next UK parliament.
The accompanying text explained. An official in one pro-union party had himself tweeted the ‘wheel’ pointing out to local people that another party might be favourite to beat the SNP in a particular constituency.
Shock, horror. A major scandal brewing here.
The usual suspects have piled in, re-tweeting the SNP message (and thereby giving tactical voting more helpful publicity) and adding their own comments. I even engaged in debate with one or two of them but, surprise, gave up after a brief exchange as they wilfully or naively refused to get the point. The best response I’ve received so far, and trust me it filled my heart with joy, was this reasoned contribution to the debate:
ur no right in the head. Ppl shld vote 4 who they want. Get a grip ya desparado.
Well, he said it.
But here’s the question.
Why would so many people, starting with the SNP’s comms head honcho and working down, make such a big deal about tactical voting in the May general election?
Answer: because it’s a threat to the SNP vote.
Obvious really. You don’t waste your time and resources countering opposition that is ineffective. You concentrate on where the real threat lies.
So I think the answer to my opening question is no, peak anti-tactical-voting has not yet been reached.
But I’ll bet the SNP don’t circulate the advice on how to vote tactically again.