In Bill Adams’ letter List ballot tells a different story (SN, 11/05/16) he highlights how the difference in percentage points between the Liberal Democrat and SNP vote fell to just 9 per cent. He’s right about that.
What’s missing from his analysis is the comparison of the 2011 list election results.
Compared to the 2011 list vote, the SNP vote has slipped and the Liberal Democrat vote has increased.
In 2011, the SNP list vote was 28.8 per cent, while the Liberal Democrats just held their lead with 31.9 per cent.
In 2016, the SNP list vote decreased to 26.6 per cent while the Liberal Democrat vote increased to 35.7 per cent.
In the contest between the Liberal Democrats and SNP, the list vote doesn’t tell a vastly different story to the election.
The local Labour and Conservative party, meanwhile, can have cause for celebration in that they’ve both seen significant increases in their support on the list (Labour: 4 per cent in 2011, 9.1 per cent in 2016; Conservative: 6.4 per cent in 2011, 10.8 per cent in 2016).
Mr Adams also describes the Green result in Shetland – 6.7 per cent in 2016 – as “good”, but in reality they performed slightly worse in 2016 than in 2011 where they received 7.5 per cent of the list vote.
The UKIP vote has also decreased from 3.9 per cent in 2011 to 2.7 pwer centin 2016.