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Salmond v Sturgeon documentary - very good

Mike McCartney

19th March 2021

Very well put together documentary on these two prominent figures

Who has been the most influential figure in British politics this century? There is a strong case for saying it's Nigel Farage, having pushed the cause of Britain's exit from the EU. Maybe it is David Cameron, having pledged the referendum on the issue, not thinking for a minute that the outcome might not be what pretty much everyone expected. Or maybe Dominic Cummings? After all, he was fairly instrumental in the No campaign. Then there are the two leaders of the SNP, one of whom, Alex Salmond, might well be considered the architect of independence, and the other the one, Nicola Sturgeon, who delivered it. An interesting parlour game.

What is also interesting is that Salmond, like the tragic hero of a Shakespearean drama, seems determined to shatter the nationalist dream, having unleashed some sort of personal demon, a fatal flaw in his personality.

If you want to know what is going on 'north of the border', or getting as close to the truth as we might realistically get, I heavily recommend this Panorama doc. While I have always thought that independence for the country of my birth was inevitable some time this century, I certainly didn't envisage it in my lifetime until the SNP took control of Holyrood. And it really looked until recent weeks like a Yes in #indyref2 was on the cards. Now it looks like it's all in tatters - hence the reference to the 'anti-hero' figure that Salmond can be seen as.

Watch it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/...

Mike McCartney

Mike is an experienced A-Level Politics teacher, author and examiner.

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