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Recent developments in the Scottish National Party

Mitchell, J. (1988) Recent developments in the Scottish National Party. Political Quarterly, 59 (4). pp. 473-477. ISSN 0032-3179

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Since it s establishment, the major tension in the Scottish National Party has been between its fundamentalist and gradualist wings. The former identifies with the 'independence-nothing less' position and is wary of the party becoming too closely associated with a position on the left-right ideological axis. The latter would see independence as the ultimate goal but would accept a constitutional arrangement short of this as a 'stepping stone'. The gradualists have generally been more willing in recent years to see the SNP developing an identifiable ideological position-left of centre-and developing social and economic policies.