James Maxwell: SNP can’t duck monarchy debate forever
COMMENT: The New Statesman’s James Maxwell considers the role of the monarchy in an independent Scotland, and writes that "calls for a Scottish republic will grow measurably louder following a Yes vote".
I’ve always thought of the SNP as a republican party with a monarchist leadership. This view isn’t based on any particular piece of research (although James Mitchell’s 2012 book, Transition to Power, details the extent of republican sentiment among the nationalist grassroots).
It’s based, instead, on the fact I’ve never actually met an SNP activist who wanted the Queen to remain head of state in an independent Scotland.