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14 April 2021

Why SNP “hegemony” presents an opportunity for an “insurgent” opposition in Scotland

Blair McDougall on the impact of a 14 year SNP incumbency

The Scottish parliamentary elections on 6 May could be pivotal for the future of the United Kingdom. The New Statesman podcast is releasing four special episodes in the lead-up to the Holyrood vote.

Chris Deerin, the New Statesman‘s Scotland Editor, will host the episodes. He’ll be joined by some familiar voices from the New Statesman team, as well as guests from the world of Scottish politics.

In this episode Chris speaks to the political strategist Blair McDougall who led the Better Together campaign, which successfully saw off Scottish independence at the 2014 referendum  about how the SNP’s 14-year incumbency presents an opportunity for an “insurgent” opposition to make gains.

Chris also dissects the results of the STV leaders’ debate with the polling expert Ben Walker.

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