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Originally published in the National. Easily the best letter I have read this week.

Dear Sir,

In 1984 inOceania there was the inner party. In Scotland in 2020 there is the inner party. Kevin McKenna suggests that it is without pity. My concern would be that it appears to have a lack of morality.

In a way, it was a misfortune for the SNP to grow so quickly in the aftermath of the Referendum. What has previously been a small but active party grew into a party of which the headquarters were simply unable to deal with the growth, and for which the local branches had not the support to integrate the new members.

The much-vaunted direct democracy actually fell down in that while in the past the membership had known each other and could make informed choices, many members when confronted with a list…

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