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As the Nationalist/Green centre of gravity shifts leftwards to try and hold on to voters to switched to Yes in 2014, what future is there for the party’s increasingly vocal right wing?
The First Minister reportedly told mutinous colleagues to quit the party if they weren’t prepared to support his predecessor.
Yousaf’s critics already did not lack for boldness, and they will now be empowered to mount further assaults on Sturgeon’s allies and legacy.
Labour’s other problem is that on every issue bar independence, there isn’t room to put a cigarette paper between their approach and the SNP’s
It represents the biggest opportunity for the Conservatives to show we can build a stronger, greener, and more prosperous Scotland.
Out of step on economics, slated for her religious views, and running against the hierarchy’s anointed candidate, she took 48 per cent of the vote.
Kate Forbes ran him very close in the second round, taking 48 per cent of the vote.
Lies from party HQ about membership numbers have sparked in some quarters fears of ballot rigging.
It’s remarkable the Nationalist hierarchy thought it could get away with not saying how many eligible voters there were in the leadership contest.
The end of the iron discipline which made any criticism of the leadership unthinkable has exposed the deep divisions within the party and kicked off its vicious civil war.
Can a new leader persuade Nationalist activists to keep waiting, and waiting? Or will they be bounced into a kamikaze bid for separation?
And this power struggle carries with it serious threats to free speech and democratic accountability.
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