The leading Scottish author James Robertson has predicted the Scottish National Party will cease to exist within years of a Yes vote in the coming independence referendum.
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I'm not sure where James Robertson has been for the last couple of years, but he appears to have totally missed the cultural aspects of the referendum debate carried by such sites as National Collective adn Bella Caledonia. Given the sheer number of creative types involved in the Yes campaign, it is difficult to see how anybody could claim that the cultural case for independence is not being presented.
Mr Robertson also appears to have missed significant developments in Scotland's political scene. It seems to have escaped his notice that the SNP has been transformed from what was very much a single-issue party into a party of government with distinctive policies. He fails to attach any significance to the fact that by the time Independence Day rolls around the SNP will have been in government for nine years.
While it is likely that some people will leave the SNP to join - or form - other political parties, there is no reason to suppose that the SNP will cease to exist. The party is far too well-established for that to be a realistic possibility.
The real question is not whether the SNP will continue, but whether there can be any place in Scottish politics for those who have been associated with the anti-independence campaign. That, and the matter of how the new Scottish Labour Party might distinguish itself from the SNP.