17 June 2022

The CapX Podcast: Tom Harris on the SNP’s ‘neverendum’


You never have too long to wait before the SNP and its leader Nicola Sturgeon are beating the drum for another independence referendum. The dream of separation is the glue that holds an otherwise fractious coalition together, and this week Sturgeon has once again upped the ante by promising a fresh vote next year, come what may.

Our guest this week, Tom Harris, is well placed to judge whether those dreams have the slightest chance of becoming a reality. Tom was a Labour MP from 2001 to 2015, before leaving the party in despair at its leftward turn under Jeremy Corbyn.

Since leaving Parliament, he’s established himself as a witty, authoritative commentator on all things Scottish and beyond, including as a regular contributor to CapX. I caught up with him from hs home in Scotland to discuss the fate of the nationalist cause, the travails of the Unionists and how much better Labour could be doing if their leader was someone other than Keir Starmer.



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John Ashmore is Editor of CapX.