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Sturgeon’s survival does not make Scottish independence inevitable. Far from it

Analysis of attitudes north of the border shows where the argument will be won

By Will Tanner  

Sturgeon leaves her home in Glasgow. PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Even by the volatile standards of Scottish politics, Nicola Sturgeon has had a rollercoaster of a week. The first minister was exonerated of misleading the Scottish parliament on Monday, found guilty of the same offence by a parliamentary committee on Tuesday, faced and subsequently defeated a vote of no confidence later the same day, and on Thursday kicked off her campaign in hopes of securing another term in government in the Scottish elections. 

Yet in electoral terms at least, Scottish politics is exactly where the first minister wants it to be. She has had a “good pandemic,” winning…

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