It may be simply that in calling Sturgeon is to back Patrick Harvie’s case for the Scottish Greens to be regarded as a “large party” in a bid to give it parity of television coverage during the Holyrood election campaign is simply being fair and democratic..
The National says that.
Discussions have taken place between the two party leaders – who joined forces to campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum – and it is understood the First Minister will be putting forward her support in a submission to the BBC Trust which is consulting on the issue.Survation had a new poll of Scottish voting intentions in the Holyrood election this week. As usual in the present Scottish political scene they show a towering SNP lead, with Labour second and the Conservatives in third. Constituency voting intentions are SNP 52%, LAB 21%, CON 16%, LDEM 7%; Regional list intentions are SNP 42%, LAB 20%, CON 16%, GRN 9%, LDEM 8%, UKIP 5%. Tabs are her
A SNP spokesman said last night: “The SNP will be responding and we will be making the case for the Greens to be included in the debates as a large party.”
Harvie said he was “optimistic” the BBC and broadcasting regulator Ofcom would revise its guidance, which currently regards the Scottish Greens as a “minor” party, meaning it can secure less airtime than the SNP, Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. The “minor” party status would also weaken its chances of taking part in any leaders’ debates.
So it looks like some SNP voters are intending yo vote Green in the Regional lists
Harvie also drew attention to last year’s general election televised leaders’ debates, which included the Green’s leader Natalie Bennett, as well as the SNP leader and Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood.
It would be wrong of me with not to point out while the Lib Dems are bravely due to fight all first past the post seats, the Greens have plans to fight only three constituency and with the additional Scottish seats being filled from regional closed party lists, under the d'Hondt method, with constituency results being taken into account, supposedly to produce a degree of proportional representation for each region. Altogether,Should a party ot fighting every seat in a region benefit what is intended to be Top up of seats for those Parties that have received a significant Constituency vote .
I would hate it if a Unionist Fat Right Party did this so while I would welcome a number of Scottish Greens being elected in May to act somewhat as alternative to having Unionist there I would prefer for them to fight for constituency votes as well.
As I have often stated here in Wales I would consider voting Green in the Welsh Assembly if I thought Plaid because they were going to well in the Constituencies or if I felt Plaid was abandoning some of its principles. for instance like the SNP supporting an Independent Scotland joining NATO.
Wings over Scotland has claimed that even switching your vote in the Regional vote in Scotland will not significantly favour smaller parties like the Scottish Greens and to not gove the SNP its second vote as well, will possibly favour Unionist Parties.
Its not for me to tel the people of Scotland how to vote but Democracy is not about getting the result you personally want and as I said while welcoming a clutch of Green MSP and AMs elected in Scotland in Wales they may well be "cheating the system" if they don't fight the constituencies as well,.