Scotland‘s devolved parliament in Edinburgh – the party continues to defy all the established rules of mainstream politics.After more than a decade in power at Holyrood –
Brexit was expected to provoke among Scotland’s staunchly europhile electorate simply never materialised.But the rapid shift in favour of independence that
Unhappy with the way the claims had been handled internally by civil servants, Salmond launched a dramatic legal action against his successor’s government. He then abruptlyand set up a crowd-funder to cover his legal costs which directly, and perhaps cynically, linked his fate to that of the Scottish independence movement as a whole.
education reforms – standardised testing for pupils in their first year of primary school – was defeated in parliament. In the face of concerted attacks by the British political and media establishments, SNP campaigners remained rigidly focused on one thing: independence, even as other major UK parties – notably, the Conservatives over Brexit and Labour over Jeremy Corbyn‘s leadership – collapsed into acrimony. But the adhesive is visibly beginning to wear off. And if the independence movement splinters apart now, no one, not even Nicola Sturgeon, will find it easy to piece back together again.Last month, one of her administration’s flagship
by Jamie Maxwell