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The Scotch blend: what the other UK parties could learn from how the SNP treats its members

SNP members are more likely to feel good about meetings and campaigning. What do they have that the other parties lack?

By Dominic Hinde  

Putting the "party" in Scottish National Party: delegates cheer on the leader's speech at SNP conference. Photo: PA


Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh, the former MP-turned-producer for Alex Salmond’s onanistic Russia Today talkshow described it as an “ inclusive party with a civic nationalism that puts nation first,” whilst another former senior campaigner with an insight into its upper echelons more disparagingly described it as a ‘cult’.

The SNP is famously a many-headed beast and its claims to be a progressive beacon depend on which of those heads is…

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