By Steve James, 19 June 2018
Within hours, the British and Scottish governments refused to call a public inquiry into a fire which has reduced to ashes—for the second time in four years—a much loved and culturally significant public building.
By Darren Paxton and Sandy Campbell, 23 December 2017
Although workers effectively took control of the yards, the GMB and Unite trade unions were at pains to insist the action was a “work-in.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Stephen Alexander, 5 October 2015
Underlying the SNP’s cheap anti-Tory populism and fawning before the European Union are definite material interests.
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.
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.”
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.
By Katie Rhodes, 1 August 2015
Caseworkers will be returning to an even more chaotic and failing service compared with 17 weeks ago.
By Stephen Alexander, 18 July 2015
The progressive pretensions of the SNP are a cover for core neo-liberal policies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Julie Hyland, 25 April 2015
Faced with a mounting social and economic crisis, the British bourgeoisie’s traditional mechanisms of rule are collapsing.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
By Julie Hyland, 2 December 2014
The cross-party commission was established immediately following the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jordan Shilton, 17 September 2014
The trade unions have facilitated the promotion of regionalism for years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Steve James, 5 September 2014
Sillars told a Glasgow meeting that an independent Scotland could rely on oil and financial speculation.
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.
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.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 August 2014
The so-called Radical Independence Campaign shares all of the Scottish National Party’s core positions.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 21 August 2014
SEP teams have been campaigning in Glasgow city centre, Paisley, Greenock and Port Glasgow.
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.
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.
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.
By Jordan Shilton, 28 June 2014
The draft constitution includes a series of hollow pledges that commit the authors to nothing.
21 June 2014
All claims that “independence” is a democratic demand, offering an alternative to cuts and austerity, are lies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
By Steve James, 6 February 2014
Last year there were 700,000 police stops and searches in Scotland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Steve Alexander, 22 November 2013
Scottish teachers vote to reject latest pay offer, as trade unions continue to sabotage widespread opposition.
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.
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.
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.