The Auld Enemies: Scottish Nationalism and Scottish Labour

Gerry Hassan

in The Modern SNP

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639908
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672080 | DOI:
The Auld Enemies: Scottish Nationalism and Scottish Labour

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This chapter describes the Labour–Scottish National Party (SNP) dynamic. ‘Tartan Tory’ found its modern meaning at a time when Labour was struggling to find a credible and relevant message in response to the SNP's attack. It served Labour as an assault phrase as it struggled to come to terms with the SNP. The idea of a Constitutional Convention began to emerge post-1979 as a way to map out how to bring together a pro-home rule consensus. Both Labour and SNP claim to be social democratic parties. The SNP has seen transformation by being the Scottish government. The struggle between the Labour Party and SNP and traditions will go on and enter a new phase with new issues.

Keywords: Labour Party; Scottish National Party; Tartan Tory; Constitutional Convention; Scottish government; social democratic parties

Chapter.  6131 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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