Scottish politics are intrinsically conservative. That claim might be contested on the grounds that, until the recent arrival of some extravagant lunatics on the extreme radical flank of politics in Spain, the Scottish National Party was the most left-wing in Europe; or that elements of the Scottish electorate believe Churchill used tanks to massacre thousands of miners in Glasgow’s George Square, regard Lenin as a milquetoast liberal and Trotsky as half-way to a capitalist running-dog.