The 2014 Scottish independence referendum
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 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 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 Steve James and Jordan Shilton, 5 July 2014
On a recent tour, Tommy Sheridan did not issue a word of criticism of the Scottish National Party, Scotland’s main capitalist party.
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 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, 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 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.