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What is the difference between the SNP and the Labour Party? A quick quiz

Jonny Clark

9th May 2016

What is the difference between the SNP and the Labour Party? That sounds easy - the SNP are a left-leaning Party who believe in a Scotland independent from the rest of the UK whilst Labour are a left-leaning party who believe that Scotland should remain part of the Union.

What is curious, however, is that fact that the Scottish people voted to remain within the Union as part of the independence referendum of 2014 and yet, since then, the support for the unionist Labour Party has dissolved away with poor performances in both the General Election of 2015 (losing all but 1 of their 41 MPs) and last weeks Scottish Parliamentary elections (where Labour were reduced to the 3rd main party behind the Scottish Conservatives).

Beyond the obvious point of independence, what are the fundamental differences between the two parties?

Ask your students this question as part of this quiz. You are given 8 policies and asked to decide whether they belong to the SNP, Labour or both parties. As a way of adding just a little 'jeopardy' the resource uses our 'Can you beat Bernard' Powerpoint template. The premise is that Bernard the Chimp is randomly selecting either answer A or B as he goes along. He's got a 50-50 chance of getting each answer correct. Your students, however, have got their amazing bank of knowledge and analytical skills which means that they will easily outwit a Chimp randomly selecting the answer. It will be easy.....

Jonny Clark

Jon Clark has been teaching economics and business studies for over 25 years primarily in the Further Education sector. Before joining tutor2u, he was a senior manager at South Cheshire College in Crewe.

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