The Scottish independence referendum is taking place one year today on the 18 September 2014. An average of this year’s opinion polls indicates that currently one third of people would vote Yes for independence and around one half would vote No. While there are differences depending on which organisation conducts the poll, the trend over the last none months has been relatively static. PHILLIP STOTT reports on the campaign so far.Read More »
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The run-up to the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 has seen the emergence of a debate about the possibility of creating a "new" Scotland. One that rejects the huge inequality and savage austerity that is blighting the lives of millions. The Common Weal Project (CWP) www.scottishcommonweal.org has been launched by the Jimmy Reid Foundation which argues for a "programme for a different sort of social and economic development for Scotland." In this article Socalist Party Scotland outlines some of the differences we have with the CWP and argues for clear socialist policies.Read More »
The SNP leadership have unveiled their "economic case" for independence. With only 6% of those polled believing that the Scottish economy would be a "lot better" under independence, Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon business friendly policies have so far failed to convince. The new document, Scotland’s Economy: the case for independence, which continues the SNP’s pro business ideology, will struggle to appeal to broad layers of working class people in Scotland.Read More »
The run-up to the independence referendum has seen many on the left in Scotland look to the "Nordics" as an example of "fairer" capitalism that an independent Scotland should model itself on. Ronnie Stevenson looks at whether these arguments stand up to scrutiny and puts the alternative case for a socialist Scotland.Read More »
Thursday 18th September 2014 has now been named by the SNP government as the date of the independence referendum. It’s a vote that will take place against the backdrop of unprecedented economic stagnation facing Scottish and British capitalism and deepening austerity.Read More »
The fallout from the world economic crisis, which has brought savage austerity for the majority in its wake, is also threatening the possible break-up of states, including Spain, Belgium and Britain. These developments pose important questions for Marxists. In this article we look at the approach that the Socialist Party Scotland is taking towards the 2014 independence referendum in Scotland.Read More »
Over 700 people attended the Radical Independence Conference (RIC) held in Glasgow on November 24. The large conference turnout highlighted the continuing evident trend of radicalised layers of Scottish society, particularly young people, looking towards independence as a way out of the nightmare of austerity; this was also present in the 10,000 strong YES demonstration in Edinburgh in late September. (see here)Read More »
Over 10,000 people took part in the March and Rally for Scottish Independence in Edinburgh on the 22 September. It was clear a large element of the turnout were SNP activists and supporters. However the demonstration was also a broad cross-section of Scottish society, with a significant mobilisation of workers, trade unionists and young people also present.Read More »
The launch of the “Better Together” anti-independence campaign this week saw Labour politicians unite with the Con-Dem’s to extol the virtues of the union. Better Together’s birth coincided with UK Prime Minister David “nasty” Cameron’s brutal speech announcing his support for the dismantling of the welfare state with savage attacks on the benefits of the poorest. If anything was designed to undermine the Better Together message this was it.Read More »
The Yes Scotland pro-independence campaign was launched on Friday 25th May in Edinburgh. While Socialist Party Scotland will support a Yes vote for independence in the referendum, it will be critical support. The SNP’s proposals for Scottish independence are completely insufficient based as they are on the maintenance of capitalism and the dictatorship of the profit system that has brought us the biggest economic crisis in 80 years, unprecedented cuts and savage austerity.Read More »