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A breakaway

that could take Scottish Labour out of the game for good

Scot Goes Pop

Over recent months there has been just very occasional murmuring from a few SNP members, who are disgruntled by the shabby treatment of Grouse Beater or frustrated by the repeated kicking down the road of the indyref can, about the vague possibility of leaving the party in the hope of finding a more full-blooded pro-independence alternative. But those members now, with the creation of the new Independent Group at Westminster, have two cautionary tales from recent history that strongly suggest staying in your party and fighting your corner is a much better idea. The first of those tales was of course the creation in 1981 of the Social Democratic Party, which in spite of holding immense advantages that the Independent Group can only dream of (such as four founding members with Cabinet experience, including two who had occupied Great Offices of State), failed to break the two-party system and instead handed a radical right-wing Tory party a landslide majority on a plate in 1983 due to a centre-left vote that was needlessly split almost down the middle. The SDP’s stated aim was a revolution of moderation, but they in fact delivered the Thatcherite Revolution.

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