The separatist Scottish National Party (SNP) will likely become the third largest party in the UK Parliament after this Thursday’s general election. This, on the back of a failed bid to gain independence for Scotland in a referendum last year (lost by 45% to 55%) – Scottish independence is the explicitly stated raison d’etre for the party. And after the referendum, many expected the SNP would start a long period of infighting and scapegoating to figure out how this “once in a lifetime opportunity”, as they called it, was squandered. Though I certainly expected the SNP to eventually recover and try for another referendum as soon as possible after that, I was looking at a time frame of two Parliaments (10 years) before they would regroup.
There is also very little actual media scrutiny of SNP policies, which means they can make all sorts of assertions to the general public and will generally get away with itDr. Azeem Ibrahim