Ever since the Brexit decision, the SNP have used the claim that ‘Scotland doesn’t want to leave the EU’ as their excuse to up the ante for another referendum on separation. Their monomaniacal pursuit of their one objective through this means has been relentless and will no doubt dominate their spring conference later this month. Well, they wouldn’t want it dominated by their performance on the day to day business of government – education, NHS, police … – would they?
Here’s a challenge to the SNP.
Prove that Scots want to leave the UK because of EU membership. Prove they want another referendum because of Brexit.
You see, if they’ve been honest, they have the data to prove the case. In fact they have the views of 2 million Scots on the subject.
Thar’s because they claimed 2 million people answered their ‘National Survey’ last autumn.
Here is what they should know about those 2 million people’s views on the subject. If you can’t read the fine print, clicking on each image may open it in another window or, as I write, they’ve still left their questions online so you may be able to see them here.
They say 40% of Scottish adults answered their survey. That’s a cornucopia of information, a treasure trove. It’s data other parties would kill for (well, almost).
So here’s the challenge.
Release the data. Prove your case. Or in old-fashioned language, put up or shut up.
Footnote – I don’t want to spoil the party, but here’s a contrary view on the 2 million responses to the SNP survey. Only a cynic would believe that’s the reason they won’t make their data public.