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What does the team think about the new Scottish party, Alba? Already had 2 defectors. Is this going to get us away from a 2 party system? Will it split the SNP vote or will it be right wing enough to attract Scottish Tories?

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President?1? Nah, Salmond won't be content until he's crowned as King. Just like Sturgeon won't let it lie until she's crowned as Queen.

Another party in Scotland is no bad thing seeing as Labour seem to have sunk without trace and the Lib Dems and Tories have only ever really been a niche market for decades and there's no real sign of that changing.

Just don't think Salmond and the kind of people he'll attract is going to do much to improve things. We've had something similar before, when he led the Nats, and that's where we started getting in to the mess we're in now.

Whatever it does, or doesn't turn in to it'll be a Nats Lite or Nats Max outfit if it survives and end up either splitting the vote which will just perpetrate the bickering between the factions, or take over and be much the same as the present lot but with a few tweaks here and there.

Its not quibbling over different shades of Nationalism Scotland needs right now, independence needs put on the back burner for a while by whoever is in charge, and proving their capability to competently run a nation and make it thrive become paramount.

The current crop of Nats aren't getting it, that they need to show the nation they can walk the walk as well as talk the talk before the electorate are likely to be persuaded to let them loose with any more power and responsibility than they've already got, and Salmond has been at least equally guilty of being all talk and no substance as the rest of them.

In common with the UK, perhaps the new party both need is a centrist one comprising as far as possible new faces and new ideas, rehashing the same old faces and slightly tweaked ideas has been done to death and failed too many times already.

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11 minutes ago, Ghostrider said:

Its not quibbling over different shades of Nationalism Scotland needs right now, independence needs put on the back burner for a while by whoever is in charge, and proving their capability to competently run a nation and make it thrive become paramount.

Hmmm.........

There's a very big chance that really important things will around us pretty quickly. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

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I think it has to go on where someone is registered to vote at the time.

What would make this interesting to me is if the Alba party represent a fully independant Scotland, out of both the UK and the EU.

If that's made clear, along with the SNP plan of trying to rejoin the EU, it will be interesting to see how it splits the vote.

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20 hours ago, Rasmie said:

Do you think English people living in Scotland should be allowed to vote in an Indy ref and what about Scot living outside Scotland? E.g. England.

You would need to decide on a definition of what makes a person Scottish or English first. Would it all down to where you were born, or would your parents, or maybe how long you've been resident in Scotland be taken into consideration?

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