Speaking at the recent ‘anti austerity’ march and rally in London Martin McGuinness said ‘The Tories were elected on the lowest share of the vote ever for a Tory government – 24% is no mandate for austerity’. First error with this is he should have said ‘share of the electorate’ not ‘share of the vote’ – The Conservatives got a 37% share of the vote (though it could be said that 37% isn’t much of a mandate either!).
However, the key question is this – is it correct to spin the election result in this way and quote % share of the whole electorate rather than just of those that voted?
Here we tell Martin McGuinness that you can’t non-voters as votes!