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Forget the SNP’s Rhetoric About the People. It’s All About the Party.


After the brave new world rhetoric and the endless claims about social justice from the SNP, I’m unclear how any of the Party’s new membership intake can be encouraged by the treatment of prospective SNP parliamentary candidate and former UK ambassador, Craig Murray. Read here for Murray’s reasoned and eloquent account of his treatment by the SNP hierarchy.

Any supposed social democratic party that would prioritise party loyalty over the right of one of its MPs to vote against the Conservative bedroom tax is certainly not democratic nor is it advancing social justice. Then again, this is the same SNP that voted to bring down the Labour government in 1979, thereby ushering in Margaret Thatcher and 18 years of Tory government, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. Like many other parties with radical and revolutionary ideas throughout history, the SNP’s rhetorical and ideological attachments to social welfare and social justice are negated by its unmistakably autocratic tendencies.

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David Miles

About David Miles

David Miles is a Carnegie Scholar and has a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Global Constitutionalism and currently teaches an honours module in US foreign policy in the School of International Relations. He has worked for leading businesses in the UK and Germany including Santander, Lloyds TSB and more recently SAP. Apart from writing for and editing Global Politics, his writing has appeared in the Daily Beast, Carnegie Ethics Online, Huff Post and the Scotsman. His interests include American political history, US foreign policy, modern German history, American and German constitutional history, the politics of the European Union, peace and conflict studies, and the politics of the Middle East. When not doing research or teaching, he enjoys good single malts and the charms of the Old Course. He lives in St Andrews, Scotland.

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