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The SNP and the Yes movement are faltering—what comes next for radical Scotland?

The bright flash of Scotland’s self-proclaimed “democratic moment” looks increasingly like the precursor to intellectual heat death. But the turn away from the SNP could be a generative one

By Dominic Hinde  

The Yes movement was, in fact, only ever an uneasy coalition. Photo: John Allan

In the damp heat of Scottish summer, a storm has been brewing that threatens to wash away the last feelgood remnants of Scotland’s pro-independence campaign.

The official campaign for Scottish independence, and the associated Yes brand, were established by the SNP and launched at a surreal and hastily-organised event in an Edinburgh multiplex cinema in 2012. That the campaign very nearly succeeded was close to miraculous; its popularity aided by a ham fisted pro-UK counterpart…

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