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The SNP and the 'new politics'

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Scottish independence would have a progressive impact both internationally and on the rest of the United Kingdom, and its politics today represent the potential of a progressive coalition rather than one of the centre-right. The Scottish Assembly has shown new forms of progressive politics and Scottish political culture continues to diverge from that of the rest of the UK. An independent Scotland would be good for progressive international politics, since it would possibly lead to the cancellation of Trident; a weakening of the British army; a reduction of UK voting power within the EU, and concomitant strengthening of its social democratic forces; and a reduction in British capacity to support neo-imperial adventures. Though the left in the rest of the UK might initially struggle, there remains the possibility for a progressive majority in the England, in partnership with its friends in Scotland and Wales.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: August 11, 2010

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