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Scottish politics has never been as divided as it is now and barely a day passes without more evidence that the parliament is failing, says Record View.

When the Scottish Parliament reconvened in 1999, it was meant to usher in a new type of politics.

The adversarial style of Westminster would be replaced by an atmosphere of consensus – where rivals worked together for the benefit of the people of Scotland.

It hasn’t quite worked out that way.

Scottish politics has never been as divided and angry as it is now. And barely a day passes without more evidence that the parliament is failing.

People want Holyrood to provide decent schools for their kids and reliable hospitals when they are sick.

Instead, they get relentless constitutional bickering while important stuff is neglected.

In the immediate aftermath of the independence referendum, it briefly looked like Scotland would get back to business.

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