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‘Switching voters off’ Salmond warned independence campaign to backfire on Alba and SNP

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Alex Salmond warned independence is ‘switching off’ voters

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The leader of the Alba Party has insisted that he does not have the “patience” to delay campaigning for Scottish independence like his successor Nicola Sturgeon. The SNP leader has said she will wait until the pandemic is over before pushing the issue. Alex Salmond was questioned whether he is at risk of losing voters by talking about radical change.

Speaking to BBC Scotland’s The Nine, Mr Salmond said: “We think we should start the process now on the basis that if you start it, you’ll never finish.

“Secondly, there’s been a narrow majority for independence in these past five years and frankly nothing has happened.

“It’s time to shake things up.

“If we believe independence is really, really important then let’s get on with it.”

Presenter Rebecca Curran interjected: “I don’t think the SNP can be accused of dragging their heels, can they?

“They said they want to wait until the pandemic is over but they’re not waiting until the economy has recovered, for example.

“Do you think that talking about radical change that you might actually be at risk of switching off those voters, the ones the independence movement really needs to get?”

Mr Salmond continued: “I don’t have any patience for this argument that independence should wait till after the pandemic and the economic implications are over; that could be years.”

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It comes as the SNP could miss out on a majority at the Holyrood election, according to a new poll.

The Savanta ComRes survey for The Scotsman predicts that the party will return 63 MSPs in total – two short of a majority – the same number as in 2016.

However there would still be a pro-independence majority at Holyrood, with the Scottish Greens forecast to return eight MSPs, two more than 2016, and the party predicted to secure 7 percent of the list vote in 2021.

Only 1 percent of voters said they plan to vote for Alex Salmond’s Alba Party, which would leave it without a single MSP elected.


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The poll projects that the SNP will return a constituency vote of 46 percent and a list vote of 38 percent in the May 6 election.

It predicts that the Scottish Conservatives will achieve 25 percent of the constituency vote and 23 percent of the regional list, which would see it return 32 MSPs – one more than in 2016.

Scottish Labour is forecast to return 20 percent on the constituency and 17 percent on the list vote and is predicted to return 21 MSPs, three fewer than in 2016.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats are predicted to return five MSPs, the same number as in 2016, with 6 percent of the constituency and 5 percent of the list vote.

The poll of 1,001 Scottish adults also found that support for Scottish independence is split, though support for No has increased since a survey at the start of April.

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