While considering the results of last week’s General Election, it is worth bearing the following in mind:
- the SNP received only 45 per cent of all votes cast in Scottish constituencies;
- this 45:55 split exactly mirrors the result of the 2014 Scottish referendum when independence was rejected by 55 per cent of votes cast;
- by the First Minister’s own admission, not everyone voting SNP does in fact favour independence.
If, as has been reported repeatedly since last Friday, the First Minister truly believes that the will of the Scottish people is paramount in this, then it is perfectly obvious from the above that she need not pursue her ambitions for another independence referendum.