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The Scottish parliament elections last May saw the Scottish National Party (SNP) win a national election for the first time in its history. The flip side of this is that the majority of Scots have always consistently opposed independence. But on Sunday, Dec 16th, the Sunday Herald newspaper claimed in their own poll that demand for independence was just short of 50%. Their poll was based on a random 1,000 people across the country. Why the rise in nationalist sentiment? Events of recent times have caused a large section of the electorate in Scotland to lose faith in Labour.