Scotland

Scottish National Party backs European Union over Catalonia

By Steve James, 14 November 2017

The SNP has avoided any criticism of EU support for the brutal crackdown by the Spanish government against the Catalan national movement.

SEP national secretary proposes “Capitalism Has Failed” at St Andrews University Union Debating Society

By our reporter, 7 November 2017

Chris Marsden, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, won substantial support for the proposition that capitalism is an “abject failure.”

Director of British rights group Cage convicted for refusing to reveal mobile phone and laptop pass codes

By Steve James, 4 October 2017

The conviction of Muhammed Rabbani underscores the significance of recent investigations into massive mobile phone surveillance in Britain by local police forces.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale quits

By Steve James, 25 September 2017

Dugdale’s career points to the hollowed-out character of Labour and leader Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to wage a struggle against the party’s right-wing.

Grenfell Tower: How the warnings of cladding dangers were ignored

By Steve James, 10 August 2017

Decades prior to the Grenfell fire, the dangers of flammable and incorrectly installed cladding were known to governments of all stripes and ignored.

Scottish National Party seeks pro-European Union pact with Labour

By Steve James, 7 June 2017

The Scottish National Party (SNP) is likely to emerge as the largest party in Scotland following the June 8 general election in the UK.

Royal Bank of Scotland seeks to avoid High Court action by shareholders

By Jean Shaoul, 27 May 2017

Former senior RBS executives have never had to make a public account of the events leading up to the bank’s collapse in 2008, when it was rescued by then Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The strange rebirth of the Conservative Party in Scotland

By Steve James, 18 May 2017

Following the local elections, the Labour Party in Scotland has fallen into third place, trailing the ruling SNP and the Tories.

Striking college lecturers protest outside of Scottish parliament

By Stephen Alexander, 29 April 2017

Despite almost a decade of swingeing education cuts, the EIS resisted any national action up until last year, when a few one-day stoppages took place.

Scottish college lecturers walk out over pay and conditions

By Stephen Alexander, 27 April 2017

The lecturers' strike must be seen in the context of growing unrest among workers in every sector of the economy after a decade of austerity.

Britain’s pseudo-left promotes Kurdish YPG militia volunteer Brace Belden as University of Glasgow Rector

By Stephen Alexander, 5 April 2017

The Kurdish YPG militias function as a proxy force of the imperialist powers in the brutal US-instigated war for regime change in Syria.

Pseudo-left groups champion Scottish National Party’s independence referendum demand

By Chris Marsden, 20 March 2017

Access to the European Single Market is the sole genuine concern of the Scottish National Party’s business backers, and it is one shared by broad sections of big business throughout the UK.

Scotland: Thousands protest in Edinburgh against Trump’s attacks on migrants

By Steve James, 13 February 2017

Scotland Against Trump put forward no perspective to mobilise the working class against the most right-wing, anti-democratic government ever elected in US history.

UK: Janitors and IT workers at Glasgow City Council face common struggle

By Minnie Watson, 7 January 2017

Unison aims to keep the Glasgow disputes separate from the identical threats facing the numerous council workers and Unison members in every single local authority in Britain.

Brexit seized on by Scottish government to mount new power grab

By Steve James, 28 December 2016

The Scottish National Party government are hoping to directly benefit from the Brexit debacle by laying claim to additional powers for the Scottish parliament.

Royal Bank of Scotland accused of corrupt practices with small business investors

By Jean Shaoul, 26 October 2016

In 2008, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alastair Darling took an 83 percent stake in RBS, pumping in £45 billion of taxpayers’ money to keep the bank afloat.

Scottish National Party pushes for second independence referendum

By Steve James, 25 October 2016

For Sturgeon and the SNP leadership, the threat of a new independence poll is a tool to extract concessions from London—primarily over the terms of Brexit.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon ignored in Europe

By Steve James, 12 July 2016

While the Brexit crisis centres on British relations with the EU, the unanticipated debacle is also threatening to destabilise relations between and within all the EU’s component countries.

Scotland’s RISE electoral coalition descends into crisis

By Steve James, 4 June 2016

RISE is led by an aspiring middle class layer of academics and commentators seeking to build their careers through the creation of a new Scottish capitalist state

Unsafe Edinburgh schools expose scandal of privatisation

By Steve James, 30 April 2016

Sixteen Edinburgh schools remain closed after the private consortium that built and managed the properties was unable to guarantee the safety of the buildings.

Glasgow City Council workers strike against cuts and poverty wages

By Steve James and Minnie Watson, 17 March 2016

Another round of spending cuts imposed by the Scottish National Party government on behalf of the Conservative central government is likely to cost as many as 15,000 job losses.

Brexit vote sparks crisis for Scottish National Party

By Steve James, 7 March 2016

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has come forward as the most craven booster of the political bona-fides of the European Union.

Scottish government imposes more cuts

By Minnie Watson, 21 January 2016

The Scottish National Party is faithfully imposing the attacks dictated by the Conservatives, including significant cuts in education and the arts.

RISE: “Scottish Syriza” seeks alliance with Scottish National Party

By Steve James, 20 January 2016

Under conditions where the SNP government is enforcing austerity policies, RISE seeks to ensure that disaffection with the SNP is channelled along nationalist and separatist lines.

Scotland: Victims demand removal of former police spy from St. Andrew’s University

By Steve James, 23 December 2015

Every political or campaign organisation whose outlook implies the slightest criticism of the authorities has been spied upon by the police.

Mass job losses loom in Scotland

By Stephen Alexander, 4 December 2015

Job losses are mounting, even before the huge cuts announced in the Autumn Statement are factored into the Scottish budget.

Scottish police flout law to uncover journalist sources

By Minnie Watson, 24 November 2015

An independent investigation has revealed that 34 police forces, over the course of three years, accessed the data of 105 journalists and 242 sources.

Jeremy Corbyn supports autonomy for Scottish Labour Party

By Steve James, 20 November 2015

Corbyn used the Scottish Labour conference last month as a platform to promote a variant of left-sounding Scottish nationalism.

Contradiction between pro-business policies and leftist rhetoric defines Scottish National Party conference

By Paul Mitchell, 20 October 2015

Aware of the precarious nature of the support for the SNP, the conference was directed towards attempts at maintaining its already damaged anti-austerity image.

Refugee crisis exposes Scottish National Party’s human rights hypocrisy

By Stephen Alexander, 5 October 2015

Underlying the SNP’s cheap anti-Tory populism and fawning before the European Union are definite material interests.

RISE: The “Scottish Syriza” that dare not speak its name

By Steve James and Julie Hyland, 3 September 2015

RISE’s purpose is to save the project of Scottish independence—and the lucrative opportunities they hope will be offered to its pseudo-left founders.

Scotland: Sheku Bayoh likely died of asphyxiation by police, lawyer says

By Minnie Watson, 26 August 2015

Within 45 seconds, Bayoh was incapacitated, restrained in handcuffs, leg and ankle restraints, and was in a “prone position face down.”

Scottish Socialist Party defends Syriza

By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 13 August 2015

Scottish Socialist Party leader Colin Fox has made clear that what Syriza has done in Greece, the SSP would be more than ready to do in Scotland.

Glasgow homeless caseworkers’ strike ended

By Katie Rhodes, 1 August 2015

Caseworkers will be returning to an even more chaotic and failing service compared with 17 weeks ago.

Scottish National Party’s anti-austerity hypocrisy exposed

By Stephen Alexander, 18 July 2015

The progressive pretensions of the SNP are a cover for core neo-liberal policies.

Scottish National Party’s Nicola Sturgeon goes warmongering in Washington

By Steve James, 23 June 2015

Sturgeon’s comments make clear that the SNP leadership fully supports British participation in the US-led military escalation that has brought the world closer to global war.

Pseudo-left seek formation of Scottish Syriza

By Jordan Shilton, 13 June 2015

The new formation is seeking advice from Syriza on how to access the corridors of power and consolidate positions within the capitalist state.

Meetings on UK general elections: “We were alone in telling workers and young people the truth”

By David O’Sullivan and Katie Rhodes, 30 May 2015

The Socialist Equality Party in the UK held two successful meetings, in London and Glasgow, on the lessons of the May 7 British General Election.

Murdoch’s Scottish Sun backs the Scottish National Party

By Jordan Shilton, 4 May 2015

Whatever other motivations are involved, Murdoch’s endorsement of the SNP punctures the carefully constructed myth that the SNP is an anti-austerity party.

Scottish National Party’s overtures to Labour prompt Conservative backlash

By Julie Hyland, 25 April 2015

Faced with a mounting social and economic crisis, the British bourgeoisie’s traditional mechanisms of rule are collapsing.

Scottish Socialist Party manifesto: Nationalism and class collaboration

By Julie Hyland, 23 April 2015

The SSP approaches every issue facing working people solely from the standpoint of the ability of the Scottish bourgeoisie to grab more powers from Westminster.

The political fraud of Britain’s Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

By Chris Marsden, 17 April 2015

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition offers no answer for anyone seeking a left alternative to the Labour Party.

Scottish nationalist advocates “devo-max” in Aberdeen leaders’ debate

By Julie Hyland, 11 April 2015

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she would push for complete control of taxation and spending in Scotland “as quickly as the other parties agree to give it.”

Pseudo-left rally behind Scottish National Party at anti-nuclear submarine rally

By Julie Hyland, 7 April 2015

The organisers of Saturday’s protest are seeking to channel opposition to war behind capitalist parties fully committed to militarism.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon denies claim she wants a Conservative government

By Julie Hyland, 6 April 2015

Labour is polling poorly across the UK and is forecast to be wiped out in Scotland, with the Scottish National Party the beneficiary.

UK general election: Conflicts intensify over possible hung parliament

By Julie Hyland, 12 March 2015

Amidst a possible Labour Party rout in Scotland, what emerges from the discussions on the makeup of a future UK government is the right-wing agenda of all the parties.

Oil slump triggers North Sea crisis

By Steve James, 5 February 2015

The slump upends the Scottish National Party’s mendacious perspective of an independent capitalist Scotland awash in oil revenue.

Scottish National Party prepares for a coalition role at Westminster

By Steve James, 19 January 2015

The SNP has decided that the views of its newer members are not going to prejudice its chances of cutting a deal with one or other of the leading British parties

Scottish first minister reassures the financial oligarchy

By Steve James, 31 December 2014

This pledge of fealty between the Scottish National Party and the top echelons of the British state exposes the role of the Scottish Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party.

European Arrest Warrants at center of Scottish National Party’s repressive agenda

By Steve James, 10 December 2014

Earlier this year, Scottish police attracted worldwide attention for having a far higher stop and search rate than both London and New York.

Radical Independence Campaign does dirty work for Scottish National Party

By Chris Marsden, 4 December 2014

The primary function of the RIC is to channel hostility to the Labour Party behind a section of the Scottish bourgeoisie and its party, the Scottish National Party.

Smith report on Scottish devolution sets off further devolution throughout UK

By Julie Hyland, 2 December 2014

The cross-party commission was established immediately following the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence.

Scottish student debt skyrockets

By Joe Mount, 2 December 2014

Although tuition is free in Scotland, miserly levels of student support mean that students must turn to loans to cover their living costs.

Scottish National Party’s Salmond and Sturgeon pitch to Labour and the ex-left

By Steve James, 25 November 2014

With UK opinion polls showing the likelihood of a hung parliament at the 2015 election, the SNP’s clutch of Westminster parliamentary seats could hold the balance of power.

Scottish National Party benefits from Labour’s collapse

By Steve James, 10 November 2014

The Scottish Labour Party is sharply divided over the extent to which it should advocate greater devolution in Scotland.

Former Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan declares for Scottish National Party

By Julie Hyland, 23 September 2014

“In concrete terms,” Sheridan writes, “that means advocating a vote” for the pro-NATO, pro-European Union, pro-corporate SNP.

Britain’s fake-left groups seek permanent nationalist alliance in Scotland

By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 22 September 2014

Having embraced nationalism in Scotland, Britain’s fake-left groups are emerging ever more openly as right-wing tendencies.

Scotland’s No vote and the crisis of the British nation state

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

20 September 2014

The No vote on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom has in no way lessened the dangers facing working people.

Vote No in the Scottish referendum: Fight for a Socialist Britain!

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 18 September 2014

The Socialist Equality Party’s call for a No vote in the Scottish independence referendum is based on the fundamental principle of the unity of the international working class.

Public meetings in Scotland: After the independence referendum, lessons for the working class

18 September 2014

The Socialist Equality Party (UK) invites all our supporters and readers of the World Socialist Web Site to a discussion on the implications of Scotland’s independence referendum and the way forward for the working class.

UK trade union bureaucracy split on Scottish independence

By Jordan Shilton, 17 September 2014

The trade unions have facilitated the promotion of regionalism for years.

The Scottish referendum: Lessons from Quebec

By Keith Jones, 17 September 2014

As in Scotland today, in the run-up to the 1995 Quebec referendum, the unions and pseudo-left played a critical role in giving a “progressive” coloring to the reactionary project for an independent capitalist Quebec.

The impact on Europe of the Scottish independence referendum

By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 16 September 2014

The immense tensions generated by the Scottish referendum point to an unprecedented crisis of rule, whatever the outcome of Thursday’s ballot.

Workers and youth support Socialist Equality Party campaign in opposition to Scottish nationalism

By our reporters, 16 September 2014

Workers and young people in Scotland have responded positively to the SEP’s call for a “No” vote in Thursday’s referendum on the basis of a rejection of nationalism and the fight for the unity of workers in Britain and internationally.

Counterfire attacks socialist opposition to Scottish nationalism

By Jordan Shilton, 15 September 2014

The Counterfire group, a split-off from Britain’s Socialist Workers Party, has published a political apologia for the Scottish National Party and Scottish nationalism.

Spain: Catalan separatist leader declares Scottish vote “an example for us”

By Alejandro López, 12 September 2014

The separatists in Catalonia and Scotland invoke a false historical narrative that depicts each region as an oppressed nation.

Possible “yes” vote in Scotland referendum provokes split in UK Conservative Party

By Julie Hyland, 9 September 2014

There is a gathering political crisis in the Conservative Party over the September 18 referendum on Scotland's independence from the UK.

Third televised debate in Scottish referendum: No one speaks for working people

By Jordan Shilton, 8 September 2014

As with the two previous debates on the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence, none of the genuine concerns facing working people were seriously addressed.

Veteran Scottish nationalist Jim Sillars denounces fight for socialism

By Steve James, 5 September 2014

Sillars told a Glasgow meeting that an independent Scotland could rely on oil and financial speculation.

Scottish National Party arms police in preparation for rising social opposition

By Jordan Shilton, 4 September 2014

Talk of the “Americanisation” of the police in Scotland must be taken seriously, particularly in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.

The class issues in the Scottish referendum

By Chris Marsden, 2 September 2014

The following is an edited version of a speech given by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden at a public meeting in Partick Burgh Hall, Glasgow on August 27.

How Scotland’s Radical Independence Campaign sells nationalism to the working class

By Jordan Shilton, 26 August 2014

The so-called Radical Independence Campaign shares all of the Scottish National Party’s core positions.

Scottish Socialist Party seeks to divide the working class

By Steve James, 25 August 2014

Scottish nationalists and the ex-left tendencies have thrown all their resources into meetings, canvasses, stunts and leaflet drops to support a campaign, the central purpose of which is the division of the working class in Britain.

Scottish National Party issues its hollow “Declaration of Opportunity”

By Jordan Shilton, 22 August 2014

Under conditions of the deepest crisis of global capitalism since the 1930s, working people are to believe that a new capitalist mini-state offers the basis for a return to social reformism.

SEP campaigners oppose Scottish separatism, call for class unity

By our reporters, 21 August 2014

SEP teams have been campaigning in Glasgow city centre, Paisley, Greenock and Port Glasgow.

Italy’s Northern League backs Scottish independence

By Marianne Arens, 14 August 2014

The support for the Scottish independence campaign by Italy’s extreme right-wing Northern League confirms that it is a reactionary project.

Socialist Workers Party’s Alex Callinicos backs Scottish nationalism

By Jordan Shilton, 12 August 2014

The British Socialist Workers Party is consciously lining up behind the creation of a minor imperialist state in Scotland.

First televised debate on Scottish independence referendum exposes fraud of “Yes” and “No” campaigns

By Jordan Shilton and Julie Hyland, 7 August 2014

The most striking feature of the debate was that the growing economic and political crisis of global capitalism was not even hinted at.

George Galloway defends British capitalism in Scottish referendum campaign

By Jordan Shilton, 16 July 2014

For all his complaints against the supporters of Scottish nationalism, Galloway is no less hostile to the independent political mobilisation of the working class than the pro-independence camp.

SNP presents draft constitution for independent Scotland

By Jordan Shilton, 28 June 2014

The draft constitution includes a series of hollow pledges that commit the authors to nothing.

Vote “no” in the Scottish referendum—Fight for a socialist Britain

21 June 2014

All claims that “independence” is a democratic demand, offering an alternative to cuts and austerity, are lies.

Scottish National Party woos Labour voters

By Steve James, 1 May 2014

The SNP’s appeal to current and former Labour supporters is based firstly on their assessment that the vote in September appears finely balanced.

Scottish National Party leader Salmond pledges fealty to US imperialism

By Jordan Shilton, 25 April 2014

The SNP leader assured Washington of his full support in foreign policy should the September 18 referendum result in Scotland becoming independent of the United Kingdom.

Scottish Socialist Party pronounces on the currency question

By Steve James, 24 March 2014

The Scottish Socialist Party, like the Scottish National Party itself, identifies completely with the need to stabilise capitalism in Scotland, particularly its vast financial sector.

Socialist Party uses opposition to bedroom tax to promote Scottish nationalism

By Jordan Shilton, 3 March 2014

The Scottish Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation, led by figures from the Socialist Party, sought to convince workers that the Scottish National Party could be pressured to oppose the very austerity measures it has played a central role in implementing.

Scottish independence referendum campaign dominated by currency dispute

By Steve James, 1 March 2014

That the most explosive dispute of the Scottish referendum campaign to date should be over currency and public debt speaks to the class character of both the “Yes” and “No” camps.

Edward Snowden elected Rector of Glasgow University

By Steve James, 20 February 2014

By electing Snowden as Rector, students showed their opposition to attacks on democratic rights by the NSA and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Cameron appeals to “quiet patriots” to save the United Kingdom

By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 19 February 2014

Central to the campaign for Scottish independence is the endlessly repeated lie that the brutal austerity being imposed by Westminster can only be alleviated by separation from England.

Scottish government passes final pre-referendum budget

By Stephen Alexander, 12 February 2014

Government spending in Scotland will have fallen by 24 percent in real terms between 2008 and 2015, only marginally behind the figure of 30 percent for England.

Democratic rights under attack in Scotland

By Steve James, 6 February 2014

Last year there were 700,000 police stops and searches in Scotland.

What is Scotland’s Radical Independence Campaign?

By Steve James, 28 January 2014

The Scottish Radical Independence Campaign plays a critical role in attempting to provide some form of left camouflage for a divisive, right-wing policy.

Scotland: Jimmy Reid Foundation advocates suppression of the class struggle

By Steve James, 24 December 2013

The Jimmy Reid Foundation’s primary concern is to suppress workers' struggles by deepening the integration of the trade unions into corporate management.

Scotland: Unions call off strike at Stirling City Council

By Steve James, 5 December 2013

After months of negotiations, the unions have conceded to all of the councils’ demands and are advising workers to accept the deal in separate ballots.

Scottish National Party issues independence blueprint

By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 4 December 2013

The 670-page white paper makes clear that the primary function of an independent state would be to establish closer relations with the major banks, corporations and speculators.

Unions spearhead assault on Scottish teachers

By Steve Alexander, 22 November 2013

Scottish teachers vote to reject latest pay offer, as trade unions continue to sabotage widespread opposition.

Pupil support assistants strike against Glasgow City Council

By Stephen Alexander, 21 November 2013

The Unison trade union is seeking to restrict the struggle of pupil support assistants against Glasgow City Council to an innocuous localised protest.

Scottish National Party’s bogus anti-austerity posture

By Stephen Alexander, 24 October 2013

The claims by the Scottish National Party that a vote for independence is an alternative to austerity is an exercise in political deception.

Britain’s Socialist Workers Party endorses Scottish capitalism

By Steve James, 15 October 2013

Shorn of its usual left and nominally “socialist” rhetoric, the Socialist Workers Party makes clear that the demand for Scottish independence means support for the Balkanisation of the working class.

Shetland helicopter crash exposes North Sea safety crisis

By Steve James, 29 August 2013

Four more North Sea oil rig workers have died in a helicopter crash just four years after 16 passengers and crew were killed aboard the same type of aircraft.

Second televised debate on Scottish independence: A dialogue of bankrupts

By Jordan Shilton, 27 August 2013

The bitter exchanges exposed the referendum campaign as a conflict between rival bourgeois factions over the division of resources and the right to reap the spoils from the exploitation of the working class.