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Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond adresses independence rally, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2012 (Photo: Wings Over Scotland) Scotland’s former First Minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond addresses an independence rally, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2012 (Photo: Wings Over Scotland)

I must admit that I remain quite sceptical about the anti-SNP hysteria convulsing significant chunks of the UK press as they continue to promulgate claims that Nicola Sturgeon’s party will soon crush all before it as Britain’s general election looms, banishing the mainstream British Unionist parties from Scotland for ever and a day – or at least from representing the Scottish constituencies in Westminster for the next five years or so. Most of the more dire predictions are stemming from the crazier fringes of the Britnat cause, though even David Cameron and Ed Miliband are finding it necessary to assuage the supremacist passions of Greater England in the pursuit of votes south of the border. However with consistent polling pointing to an SNP surge on the historic levels of the Sinn Féin tide that swept through a majority of constituencies on the island of Ireland in the…

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