‘Scottish National party conference: the descant of political reality’ | M. Kettle- The Guardian

‘Scottish National party conference: the descant of political reality’ | M. Kettle- The Guardian

Significantly, Sturgeon’s speech, and the SNP’s pitch, is less and less about romantic nationalism and sovereignty. Tartan, Rabbie Burns, and biscuit-tin nationalism are all on the fringes in the modern SNP. Today’s nationalist focus is all about defending the sense – and to some extent the reality – that Scotland is the last bastion of the 1945 welfare state nation, which England is perceived to have abandoned, and which the UK parties seem powerless or downright unwilling to protect.

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