Posts Tagged ‘Scottish Independence’

The view from a Scotland full of flags, few of them red

by Katy Clark.

It has been an emotional few weeks in Scotland. Many of those on the No side are now hugely relieved after Friday morning’s result as, although you would not know it from the media, lots of ordinary people had been incredibly worried about the massive ramifications of a potential Yes vote. This was a forever […]

Whatever happened to the Red Clyde

by Diane Abbott.

In the aftermath of the independence referendum the Labour party should address some key questions. But above all it must ask itself “Whatever happened to the Red Clydeside?” From the beginning of the twentieth century to the era of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders work in, Glasgow has been a bastion of left-wing socialism and working […]

Labour faces a titanic struggle to regain the confidence of the Scottish working class

by Jon Lansman.

In gracefully accepting the verdict of the Scottish people “at this stage“, Alex Salmond made clear his expectation that the three unionist parties honour their pledges to the Scottish people in rapid course. “Let us not dwell on distance we’ve fallen short; let us dwell on distance we’ve travelled.” The turnout at 86% demonstrates how engaged and […]

Devolution or Independence: We must not neglect the North East

by Grahame Morris.

In the early hours of Friday morning we will learn whether Scotland has voted in favour of Independence. The arguments have been well rehearsed from the uncertainty of Independence, and the stability offered by the Union, to the economic and democratic freedom offered by Independence. As a supporter of the Union, and the Better Together […]

An Open Letter to Yes-Voting Socialists

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Dear Comrade, There are many things on which we can agree about the referendum campaign. The mobilisation of masses of people in Scotland is a good thing. Whichever way the vote goes I hope the energy and positivity mobilised by Yes can feed into progressive politics and positive social change. It’s also kicked the complacency […]

Why the Scottish uprising will not lead to independence

by Ann Pettifor and Jeremy Smith.

The Scottish campaign for independence is effectively an uprising against the British state and its collusion with the globalized, mobile finance sector and supranational corporations. It is a protest against an economic and political system increasingly centralised and aloof—a protest bound to spread to other equally neglected regions. It is a campaign to end allegiance […]

Socialism not nationalism is what should govern the life of Scotland, says Gordon

by Jon Lansman.

From each according to his ability to contribute; to each according to his needs. That is the best principle that can govern the life of our country today.” Thus Gordon Brown, at last and at his best, put socialism firmly at the heart of the reason to vote No in the Scottish referendum. It should […]

Yea or Nay, Scots won’t get real independence

by Michael Meacher.

If the Yes vote wins next Thursday (which I personally doubt), the immediate result – apart from the SNP euphoria – will be tough and hard bargaining between the Bank of England, Whitehall and the EU as to how the new powers are to be carved out. The spirit of liberality about quasi-home rule sprinkled […]

The far left: driven by self-interest not class interests on Scottish independence

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Were I still a Trotskyist, my position on the Scottish independence referendum would be determined by this set of questions: As America’s lapdog, key prop of international neoliberalism, meddler in foreign affairs, and cheerleader for market fundamentalism within the EU; would an independent Scotland severely diminish the UK’s influence? What are the social character of […]

Westminster in headless chicken mode over independence referendum‏

by Diane Abbott.

The Scottish referendum has electrified Westminster this week. Everyone is in a state of scarcely suppressed hysteria at the prospect of the Scots voting for independence next Thursday. In some ways it is surprising that everyone is so surprised. It is true that the No campaign has long enjoyed a healthy lead. But SNP Members […]

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