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Why does the Scottish National Party object to being called nationalist?

Nationalism today is mostly associated with ethnic nationalism, which the SNP as a center-left party does not wish to be associated with. Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the SNP, has expressed ...
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What does "2 fingers to Scotland" mean in Peter Grant's statement about Johnson not listening to the SNP's Westminster leader speeches?

In the UK, two fingers is an insult much like the middle finger in the USA. Done in a palm-out orientation it is the victory sign, as done by Winston Churchill. The other way around, palm inwards (...
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What does "2 fingers to Scotland" mean in Peter Grant's statement about Johnson not listening to the SNP's Westminster leader speeches?

In the UK, Australia and New Zealand, the two fingers (sometimes also two-fingered salute) is a sign whose meaning can approximately equated to the middle finger which is used in North America, Europe ...
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Why is the current Presiding Officer in Scottish Parliament a member of Labour Party, and not the Scottish National Party?

In the UK system, the speaker is politically neutral, and this requirement of neutrality has been taken seriously by generations of speakers. Moreover it is quite common for the speaker not to be from ...
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Why is the SNP putting so much emphasis on currency plans?

The SNP's long term goal is independence for Scotland. During the last referendum on the subject, the issue of which currency Scotland would use was an important point of contention. The legal ...
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How many pro independence Scottish voters are pro EU membership

YouGov covered this territory at start of 2020. There isn't as much of an obvious Indy+Remain/UK+Leave split as you might imagine, but it is substantial. Do note that this poll covered votes in the ...
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Why do the Scots not want the Trident (UK Submarine-based Strategic Nukes)?

I'd like to start by making a distinction between the Scottish government and Scottish public. As you said, only one MSP voted in favour of Trident. But the Scottish public are more balanced, with ...
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Why is the SNP putting so much emphasis on currency plans?

they would be obliged to join the Euro as soon as the necessary economic conditions were met? The second part of this sentence is doing a lot of work. The criteria are quite onerous and many of the ...
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Why does the Scottish National Party object to being called nationalist?

It is one method of defusing the ability of the opposition of calling them ethnonationalists - and being able to present the SNP as an alternative in Scotland to the Tory (and Labour too) party ...
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What does "2 fingers to Scotland" mean in Peter Grant's statement about Johnson not listening to the SNP's Westminster leader speeches?

🖔 U+1F594 although todays meaning is more or less "fuck off you twat." But it mostly lost that appeal: If asked, most people would gloss the meaning as ‘Fuck you’ or something similar, and it ...
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Why is the word "Depute" used in the title of Scottish National Party secondary leader?

This is an example the SNP's Scottish spelling: It simply mean the same as deputy: a person appointed or elected as assistant to a public official, serving as successor in the event of a vacancy....
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How could Scotland become independent given that Theresa May rejected a referendum?

There is no way for the Scottish Parliament to call a legally binding referendum Referendums are not legally binding. Under any circumstance, the UK parliament would have to approve the breakup of ...
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Why did the Scottish National Party supplant Scottish Labour?

The SNP sailed into power on a flagship policy of total independence for Scotland. The weight of this overarching proclamation was easily invoked against a particularly strong national identity such ...
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Why did the Scottish National Party supplant Scottish Labour?

Polling companies have been heavily criticised recently for their methodology, and the site you mention has provided further information, though not explicitly. The graph from whatscotlandthinks.org ,...
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Why does the Scottish National Party object to being called nationalist?

Two reasons: (1) That is not its name, and (2) it doesn't like to be reminded of its history. Its correct (English) name is the Scottish National Party, not "Nationalist." It was founded by the ...
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When exactly during 2011-16 did the Scottish National Party lose its majority in the Scottish parliament?

The SNP's seat total fell to 64 seats on 23 September 2014. However, due to seat vacanies, it still had a majority of voting members at the end of the Parliament. The events that led to the reduction ...
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Why is the SNP putting so much emphasis on currency plans?

The SNP leadership hadn't intended the currency question to be "a big thing" at the conference. The original intent was just to ratify their Growth Commission report. However, the policy was changed, ...
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Why is the SNP putting so much emphasis on currency plans?

The SNP do not believe that Scotland would have to join the Euro. The other answers are correct. However, I thought I'd add an interview which Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, gave within the last ...
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