Coalitions at Holyrood, and at Westminster, show the iniquities of a single, or several, minority individuals or groups; they are, simply, a bit of a nuisance.
Remember the delaying of the SNP’s budget a few years ago by two Green Party members? We should be making it difficult for them to stand.
The deposit of £500 is 20 years out of date. Were it raised to £5,000, or £10,000, or even £15,000, it would concentrate minds; and remember, if they reached the required threshold of votes (currently 5 per cent), the deposit would be returned.
With a bit of luck, we would return to two-party politics – the problem in Scotland is, which two.
Douglas R Mayer