While the public was informed of the release of the parties’
manifestoes for the Scottish election, in-depth reviews of their
respective contents proved elusive.
Coverage of the Conservatives concentrated on its ’apology’ for
eradicating all Scottish Tory MPs in the 1997 general election rout. The
Liberal Democrats relied on its potential as a stable-mate for the
The Scottish Labour Party was given the most detailed analysis.
Education, healthcare and welfare policies were set within the context
of a devolved Scotland, viewed as a part of a new ’British Union’ (Daily
Coverage of the SNP was dominated by leader Alex Salmond’s waning
The financial realities of independence, combined with Salmond’s
criticism of NATO’s Kosovo bombing, left him with little except
criticism for opponents’ policies.
The Guardian (9/4/99) proposed that the SNP would be best served by
coming second to Labour, allowing them to ’deal with the new Parliament
Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the
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