Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, is being urged to expel extremist nationalists from her party. Critics argue that these individuals are causing harm to the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) reputation and damaging the wider independence movement. The SNP’s failure to take action against these extremists is seen as a sign of weakness, with some suggesting that it is tacitly endorsing their behaviour.

The issue has been brought into sharp focus by the recent controversy surrounding MP Joanna Cherry, who was sacked from the SNP’s front bench following allegations of transphobia. Critics argue that Cherry’s dismissal was politically motivated, rather than a genuine attempt to tackle extremism within the party.

The SNP’s handling of the Cherry situation has drawn comparisons with the Labour Party’s struggle with antisemitism. Critics argue that both parties have failed to take decisive action against extremism, thereby damaging their reputations and undermining their political objectives.

While the SNP has always prided itself on being a broad church, there is a growing feeling that it needs to do more to tackle extremism within its ranks. Critics argue that the party’s failure to do so is not only damaging its reputation, but also undermining the wider independence movement.

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