Alex Salmond's Alba Party is bad for the independence movement and Scotland – Joyce McMillan

Alex Salmond's Alba Party is bad for the independence movement and Scotland – Joyce McMillan

Alex Salmond's Alba Party is bad for the independence movement and Scotland – Joyce McMillan If you want to make the gods laugh, tell them your political hopes. Just a fortnight ago, in this space, I was meditating on the new Scottish Labour leader’s chances, come next month’s Scottish Parliament election, of ousting the Conservatives from their current position as Scotland’s official opposition, and thereby signalling a period when Scottish politics might begin, at least in part, to revolve around a substantial debate about how far Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP government is truly delivering on its much vaunted social democratic priorities. Two weeks later, if its website is to be believed, the party is still short of a serious raft of social and economic policies; but what it has, in abundance, is a theory that if supporters of independence vote for the SNP in Scotland’s constituency poll, and for Alba in the party list vote, then the parliament can achieve what Alex Salmond calls a “super-majority” for independence, thereby – by some process not yet fully explained – causing independence to …
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