POLL: Should SNP rebrand itself as Scottish Independence Party?
Humza Yousaf admits ‘challenging’ time for SNP
Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf was voted in as Nicola Sturgeon’s successor on March 29 and pledged to reunite the Scottish National Party (SNP). To help distance the party from the past and “how horrors of national socialism”, Succession actor Brian Cox has called for the SNP to change its name to the Scottish Independence Party. Do you agree with this idea? Vote in our poll.
Pro-independence campaigner Mr Cox told Alastair Campbell on The Rest Is Politics podcast earlier this week that a united federation is best for the United Kingdom.
Referring to the result of the 2016 Brexit referendum in Scotland, he said: “We voted to stay, we didn’t want to leave and we want to get back there, the Scots have always been international.
“It should be called the Scottish Independence Party, not the Scottish National Party. I would change the name, get rid of that name.”
He continued: “It narrows everything, especially when we think of national socialism and all the horrors that go with the name national socialism. I’m all for redesigning the party in that way.”
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Ms Sturgeon previously admitted that she would have liked to change the name of the party. In 2017 at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, she said the word “national” could be “hugely problematic”.
She explained: “If I could turn the clock back, what 90 years, to the establishment of my Party, and choose its name all over again, I wouldn’t choose the name it has got just now, I would call it something other than the Scottish National Party.”
Scottish Labour rebranded its logo last year, replacing the red rose emblem with a red and purple thistle, in an effort to modernise the Party and emphasise its Scottish credentials
So what do YOU think? Should the SNP rebrand itself? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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