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The Journey from the 79 Group to the Modern SNP

David Torrance

in The Modern SNP

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639908
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672080 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639908.003.0013
The Journey from the 79 Group to the Modern SNP

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This chapter discusses the trip from the 79 Group up to the modern Scottish National Party (SNP). It seemed clear that the 79 Group's aim of transforming the party's image was going to be a long, difficult one. Its three guiding principles were nationalism, socialism and republicanism. As an act of ‘civil disobedience’, the symbolism was obvious, but tactically disastrous. The 79 Group's downfall was exhausted against a backdrop of events which seemed to justify its fate. In terms of the party's ideological outlook, the 79 Group's impact was harder to detect. The Group failed to convert the SNP into a socialist party. The ‘alleged’ influence of the 79 Group has to be judged in an electoral, as well as an ideological context. The Group can also be seen as both central and peripheral to the party's mainstream, but an enduring influence at least in terms of personalities.

Keywords: 79 Group; Scottish National Party; nationalism; socialism; republicanism; civil disobedience

Chapter.  6500 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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