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From Awkward Squad to Grandees

IT’S A RANK from the Spanish and Portuguese nobility that has come to be a useful shorthand to describe experienced and influential backbenchers at Westminster, Grandees.

Indeed, Wikipedia is quite specific on its usage: “The term is often used in the United Kingdom to refer to influential long-standing members of the Conservative Party, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats.” Which begs the question, why is the term not used to describe senior figures in the Scottish National Party? The answer is manifold — the party’s huge breakthrough at Westminster is a recent phenomenon, although there was the relative surge in the 1970s; the Scottish Parliament is not yet a generation old; and many of the party’s big-hitters are still in front bench roles in Edinburgh and London.

The term is often used in the United Kingdom to refer to influential longstanding members of the Conservative Party, Labour Party and Liberal Democrats.

Michael Russell Scottish Brexit Minister
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iScot May 2017 issue - the one with Theresa May.I.Am front cover 116 jam packed pages of the best craic in Scotland Alyn Smith MEP - " Putting Women down" Robbie Dinwoodie - Our Scottish Grandees Dave Bowman - Nightmare on Downing Street Zoe Weir - The Hiroshima Survivors Derek Bateman - I get it now! Dave Bowman - English for Indy Tom Morton - Brewdog Will McLeod - Letter from America Wee Ginger Dug - The Dug has eyes Blaze's Trail - Glen Nevis Peter A Bell - The Tides of History Grousebeater - Prof Ian Ritchie CBE RA Jason Michael McCann - Our Untaught Union Dr Steve McCabe - Into the Vallies Dr Jamie Reid-Baxter - A Timeless Flame Metal Guru - Jewel in the Highlands Vivien Martin - King's Cave Arran Sir Harry Lauder Poem iSpy iScot Book Review - The Bogeyman Chronicles iScot Short Story - David McVey Major Bloodnok and Mystic Mons Meg Heidbyler Soduko ( No, not Sudoko!) Readers Letters
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