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One country, two systems: why this election will be a win for the SNP, whatever the result

An anti-Johnson ticket and a chance to escape domestic troubles makes this election a gift for Nicola Sturgeon's party—regardless of what happens across the rest of the UK

By Dominic Hinde  

The Scottish Tories are in retreat—and it's Sturgeon's party that will benefit. Photo: PA

When the SNP threw their weight behind a December election, and effectively press-ganged Labour into doing so too, it was not immediately obvious what they hoped to achieve. Labour accused them of wanting to hand Boris Johnson Brexit on a plate. There was also dissent in their own ranks. But the SNP’s move makes much more sense when seen outside of the usual frames of Westminster politics.

Scottish politics is like three-dimensional chess: at any…

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