Scottish National Party
The Scottish National Party (SNP; Scottish Gaelic: Pàrtaidh Nàiseanta na h-Alba) are a political party in Scotland who advocate Scotland's secession from the United Kingdom. Rather than being a "blame the English for everything" one-issue party, they envisage a wealthier, healthier, greener, fairer and better Scotland geared to engineering fairness, confidence, innovation, opportunity and prosperity. However, many Unionists consider Scotland to be too small, too poor and too stupid to achieve that on its own. The SNP is a centre-left party (although, unofficially speaking the behaviour is often likened to right-wing, you'll only understand if you're Scottish) who advocate unilateral nuclear disarmament and are quite pro-environment (apart from their leader Alex Salmond loving oil  ).
They currently hold two seats in the European Parliament, six seats in the House of Commons (the lower house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom) and over 350 local council seats in Scotland. They also hold 65 of the 129 seats in the Scottish Parliament and are the first majority government (originally winning 69 seats) in Scottish Parliament's History (starting 1999).
While advocating independence for Scotland, they are not an openly republican party, with members advocating both the abolition and the continuation of the monarchy upon secession. The party is quite keen on reducing Scotland's alcohol use, with a manifesto goal of minimum alcohol pricing.
The pragmatism and good sense of priorities can be summed up by their policies for the upcoming Scottish Parliamentary election which are:
- Ending forced marriages (The real evil in Scotland)
- A digital TV channel for Scotland
- For all Scottish Football referees to declare which football team they support
The party has also come under attack for its gay rights policies, which include legalising homosexual marriage in Scotland. Both from Brian Soutar, a major party donor, and committed homophobe, and from people who agree with gay rights, but object to Brian Soutar.