Beyond the Noise: Salmond, the history and future of Scottish nationalism

Ben Wray

Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines.

THIS week, Jamieson is joined by Iain Macwhirter, Herald columnist and author, to discuss the history of the Scottish independence movement, the seminal role played in it by Alex Salmond and the future of that movement in the crisis of the British state.

Among other things they discuss:

1:33 – What was the state of Scottish nationalism when Alex Salmond became SNP leader in 1990?

9:37 – Did Salmond’s gradualist strategy really end in 2012 – was the Scottish independence referendum intentional?

13:46 – Salmond created a highly centralised leadership structure. What are the consequnces for the SNP under Nicola Sturgeon?

19:26 – Does the SNP today have a leadership equip with the kind of populist sensibility necessary to push for a rupture with the British establishment?

Picture: Lorna Miller

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