Post-election analysis by Christopher Silver When Hugh MacDiarmid contested Alec Douglas-Home’s Kinross and Western Perthshire seat for the Communist Party in 1964, he achieved a tally of 127 votes. In response, legend has it, the poet remarked that he was amazed to find 127 good communists in the heartland of douce old Tory Scotland. The performance of Scotland’s radical parties at last...
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