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- The Scottish National Party and the 'Night of the Long Knives' (18 Jun 2002)

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The Scottish National Party and the 'Night of the Long Knives' (18 Jun 2002)

SNP party activists have chosen the order in which their 'list' candidates (i.e. those who might be elected under a form of proportional representation) will appear in their lists of regional candidates. Some high-profile names in the Party have dropped down the lists, making it almost certain they will not be elected under the list system at the elections for the Scottish Parliament in May 2003.

One of those affected, Mrs Margo Macdonald MSP (regarded as something of a firebrand in her passion for Scottish independence, not a point of view I share, but never mind), appeared on BBC2 'Newsnight' this evening alleging that her 'fall from grace' has resulted from a campaign against her by certain within the Party, including a fellow SNP MSP.

I have written about similar dissension within the ranks of the Scottish Conservative Party in earlier weeks; they have now decided, after much resistance from the Party executive (the non-elected leadership of the Party organisation), that their list rankings will be decided by a postal ballot of all party members, rather than by activists only at hustings to be held around Scotland.

There are several things to say about this:

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