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What Salmond will do next

In an open letter to the SNP leader, pollster Peter Kellner underlines the lack of Scottish support for independence

By Peter Kellner   June 2011

Salmond in 2009. Picture: Saül Gordillo (ACN)

Dear Alex,

Congratulations on your stunning victory. You fought under a proportional voting system that was designed to prevent a single party winning an absolute majority. Yet the SNP achieved precisely that. A place in Scottish history is surely secure. But will history remember a man who ended 300 years of union with England and re-established Scottish independence? Or as someone who saw that prize slip from his grasp?

Your biggest problem is the flipside of your triumph. You won because of you, personally. You engineered a presidential-style contest with Labour’s Iain Gray.…

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