Scotland

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.

Scottish National Party advances “Common Weal” project

By Steve James, 16 July 2013

The Scottish National Party’s “Common Weal” project is aimed at winning sections of business, the trade unions and academia to its nationalist and extraordinarily parochial alternative programme.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown leads Labour’s intervention in Scottish independence referendum

By Steve James, 28 May 2013

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s intervention into the Scottish independence referendum is driven by Labour’s concern over its implications for Britain’s ruling elite.

Rival factions of ruling class fight it out over Scottish independence referendum

By Steve James, 15 May 2013

The 2014 referendum on Scottish independence is being contested by opposed campaigns that are both fundamentally hostile to the working class.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland not exempt from threat of National Health Service destruction

By Steve James, 28 March 2013

All the regional devolved administrations in the UK are pushing ahead the assault on health care underway in England.

Billionaire views Scottish independence as a “management buy-out”

The anti-working class agenda promoted by the Scottish Socialist Party

By Steve James, 19 February 2013

The pseudo-left tendencies are committed to fraudulently promoting Scottish independence as a supposed means to alleviate the crisis caused by the bourgeoisie’s austerity policies.

The Scottish Socialist Party and the financial oligarchy

By Steve James, 29 December 2012

In alliance with wealthy social layers in Britain, the Scottish Socialist Party, as part of "Yes Scotland," advances a pro-capitalist perspective to divide the working class.

Scotland’s Radical Independence Conference pledges to divide the working class

By Steve James, 14 December 2012

The Radical Independence Conference, held in Glasgow late November, was neither radical nor independent.

Scotland’s health inequality worst in Europe

By Jordan Shilton, 19 November 2012

A study published this month from the Scottish government has laid bare shocking levels of health inequality between rich and poor.

National Health Service facing deep cuts across Scotland

By Jordan Shilton, 25 October 2012

In line with the moves by the UK government to implement wholesale privatisation and end the universal provision of healthcare, the regional administration in Edinburgh and local authorities are imposing deep budget cuts and reducing staff numbers across Scotland.

Deal finalised for referendum on Scottish independence

By Jordan Shilton, 17 October 2012

After months of wrangling, terms have been finalised for the holding of a referendum on Scottish independence.

Vion’s Broxburn plant in Scotland to close

By Steve James, 17 October 2012

Management of Vion Foods, owners of the Halls meat processing plant in Broxburn, Scotland, confirmed that they intend to close the Broxburn factory by February 2013.

Scottish National Party prepares new round of cuts and job losses

By Steve James, 10 October 2012

The Scottish National Party government is preparing another round of spending cuts and public sector job losses.

Scottish National Party seeks military role in the Arctic

By Steve James, 10 September 2012

The Scottish National Party (SNP) is seeking membership of NATO in an effort to secure a share in a new geo-political carve-up of the oil-rich Arctic Ocean for its wealthy backers.

Ex-left groups champion “Yes” vote in Scottish referendum

By Steve James, 22 August 2012

The ex-left groups in Scotland have leapt to embrace the campaign for a "Yes" vote in the proposed referendum on Scottish independence, likely to be held in 2014.

Trade unions facilitate meat processing plant closures in Scotland

By Steve James, 13 August 2012

Fully one month after the news that Vion Foods intends to close its Broxburn meat processing plant, not a single protest meeting has been called and no demonstrations have been organised.

Scottish National Party lurches right on social care and militarism

By Jordan Shilton and Steve James, 28 July 2012

The Scottish National Party administration in Edinburgh is pushing “reforms” through the Scottish parliament that will undermine the public provision of social care.

Destitute asylum seekers face eviction in Glasgow, Scotland

By Steve James, 29 June 2012

Around 80 destitute asylum seekers face eviction from a tower block asylum hostel in Glasgow, Scotland.

Convicted of Lockerbie bombing, al Megrahi dies protesting innocence

By Steve James, 22 May 2012

Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi has died in Tripoli. He was the sole person convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. His co-accused, Llamen Fhimah, was acquitted at their 2001 trial.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond embroiled in Murdoch scandal

By Steve James, 8 May 2012

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has emerged as one of the most compromised acolytes of Rupert Murdoch and his media empire.

Labour Party facing loss of Glasgow City Council

By Steve James, 31 March 2012

The Labour Party is in a state of near collapse in Glasgow.

North Sea gas leak threatens environmental disaster

By Robert Stevens, 29 March 2012

The gas leak at the Total oil conglomerate Elgin platform in the North Sea threatens an environmental disaster.

Mahle workers in Kilmarnock, Scotland, vote to strike

By Steve James, 24 March 2012

Workers in the Mahle Group’s engineering plant in Kilmarnock, Scotland, are set to strike against company plans to shed up to 270 jobs following an 85 percent vote in favour of action.

Murdoch press endorses Scottish independence

By Steve James, 10 March 2012

The first Scottish edition of Murdoch’s Sun ran a statement approved by the Scottish Nationalist Party announcing a preferred date for an independence referendum.

Scottish nationalists outline independence referendum

By Julie Hyland, 28 January 2012

Scotland’s first minister, Alex Salmond, has announced a referendum on independence from the UK to be held in autumn 2014.

Tories and Scottish National Party argue over terms of independence referendum

By Julie Hyland, 19 January 2012

The fight within Britain’s ruling elite over a referendum on Scottish independence is without principle.

Tensions over Scottish independence referendum

By Steve James, 12 November 2011

Sharp disputes have emerged over the proposed referendum on Scottish independence.

Scottish budget sets out cuts in jobs, wages and public services

By Steve James, 28 September 2011

The first budget delivered by the majority Scottish National Party administration in Edinburgh set out pay cuts, job losses and further erosion of social services between now and 2015.

Scottish writers lined up to endorse nationalism

By Steve James, 14 September 2011

A number of prominent Scottish writers—Iain Banks, Janice Galloway, A.L. Kennedy, David Greig and Shena Mackay—recently expressed support for Scottish independence.

Glasgow University student occupation ends

By Stephen Alexander, 2 September 2011

The seven-month student occupation of the former Hetherington Research Club at the University of Glasgow came to an end on August 31, after a deal was struck with management.

Scottish government aided suppression of youth riots

By Steve James, 25 August 2011

The Scottish National Party government in Edinburgh despatched riot police earlier in August to assist police forces in England with the suppression of youth riots in major cities.

Letters show Scottish National Party leader’s wooing of Rupert Murdoch

By Julie Hyland, 10 August 2011

Scotland’s First Minister and Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond was forced last week to publish details of his contact with Rupert Murdoch and executives from News International, the UK division of News Corporation.

Scottish public services face profound cuts and privatisation

By Stephen Alexander, 27 July 2011

Barely two months have passed since the Scottish National Party took office, yet their electoral pledges to protect frontline services and universal benefits have already been exposed as lies.

Former Cameron aide and News of the World editor investigated for perjury in trial of SSP leader

Why the Scottish Socialist Party is opposed to reopening the case of Tommy Sheridan

By Steve James, 25 July 2011

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson is under investigation by Strathclyde Police into “allegations that witnesses gave perjured evidence in the trial of Tommy Sheridan and into alleged breaches of data protection and phone hacking,” Chief Constable George Hamilton has confirmed.

Ex-left seek alliances with Scottish National Party

By Jordan Shilton, 18 June 2011

The pseudo-radical groups in Scotland are revealing themselves as the left flank of the ruling class.

Scottish National Party government plays up legal tensions with London

By Steve James, 13 June 2011

Scottish National Party government plays up legal tensions with London

“Reclaim EIS” offers no alternative to union sell-out of Scottish teachers

By Stephen Alexander, 13 June 2011

A section of the Education Institute of Scotland bureaucracy has launched a campaign to “Reclaim EIS.”

Scottish police break up anti-cuts protest at Strathclyde University

By Stephen Alexander, 8 June 2011

Last Thursday, police arrested two protesters among a peaceful demonstration against plans by Strathclyde University management to withdraw degree courses and axe jobs.

Trade unions collaborate in attacks on Scottish teachers

By Stephen Alexander, 30 May 2011

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) is working with the trade union bureaucracy to impose £45 million in wage and benefit cuts on Scottish primary and secondary school teachers and staff.

The ex-left apologists for Scottish nationalism

By Socialist Equality Party (UK), 13 May 2011

The formation by the Scottish National Party of a majority administration in the Holyrood parliament raises issues of serious concern for the working class.

Scottish National Party forms majority government in Holyrood

By Stephen Alexander, 12 May 2011

The Scottish parliament at Holyrood was sworn in yesterday, following the May 5 election that saw the Scottish National Party (SNP) secure a ruling majority.

British government to expand powers of regional administrations

By Stephen Alexander, 14 April 2011

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat government plans to devolve greater financial and legal powers to the regional administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as it seeks their assistance in cutting £81 billion from public spending.

University of Glasgow makes £20 million cuts

By Stephen Alexander, 28 February 2011

The University of Glasgow in Scotland has announced plans to merge a number of academic departments and axe courses as it looks to make £20 million in efficiency savings by 2012-2013.

Scottish local authorities plan compulsory redundancies

By Stephen Alexander, 19 February 2011

The new Scottish budget sets out £1.3 billion worth of cuts. This includes £450 million to be cut from local authority spending.

Scotland’s budget cuts to slash 125,000 jobs

By Stephen Alexander, 18 January 2011

The £1.3 billion in public spending cuts planned by Scotland’s devolved administration for 2011-2012 will cause lasting social devastation, as vital services and welfare provision are dismantled.

Scottish Socialist Party ensures conviction of former leader Tommy Sheridan

By Chris Marsden, 13 January 2011

The conviction of Tommy Sheridan for perjury is the result of a political vendetta, waged by Rupert Murdoch’s News International in a de facto alliance with the Lothian and Borders Police and the Scottish Socialist Party.

Deep cuts and fee rises threaten future of Scottish education system

By Steven Alexander, 18 December 2010

The Scottish Nationalist Party government has announced a programme of cuts at all levels of education in Scotland.

Scotland and Wales reveal unprecedented budget cuts

By Stephen Alexander, 3 December 2010

The devolved administrations of Scotland and Wales have announced draft budgets detailing plans to implement their share of the £83 billion in spending cuts outlined by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government.

Scotland concedes legal access to those arrested, but curtails appeals

By Steve James, 6 November 2010

Scotland has been forced to agree that police suspects must be allowed the elementary right of access to a solicitor before questioning, after opposing this demand for more than two decades.

Scottish National Party defers independence referendum

By Stephen Alexander, 1 October 2010

Plans for a referendum on Scottish independence by the minority Scottish National Party government have been withdrawn from its legislative programme for the remainder of the current Scottish Parliament.

Scottish local authorities confirm 13,000 public sector job losses

By Stephen Alexander, 11 September 2010

Local authorities in Scotland have confirmed 13,000 public sector job losses, with another 20,000 anticipated over the next few months.

Scotland’s budget review proposes mass layoffs, end to universal benefits

By Steve James, 6 August 2010

The publication of Scotland’s “independent” budget review makes clear that—as with its counterparts in the UK and Europe—the Scottish political elite are intent on using the global financial crisis to roll back social spending.

Britain: Tories and Lib-Dems push “fiscal autonomy” for Scotland

By Steve James, 26 May 2010

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has pledged to implement the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution.

Scotland: Savage education cuts imminent

By Stephen Alexander, 21 May 2010

Recent reports have warned that Scottish universities will lose up to 20 percent of the £1.12 billion they currently receive in public funding.

Britain: Scottish and Welsh nationalists back hung parliament

By Jordan Shilton, 6 May 2010

The Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru are promoting the virtues of a hung parliament in Britain.

The Scottish Socialist Party: Cheerleaders for nationalism

By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 22 April 2010

The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) is standing 10 candidates in the May 6 Westminster elections. Its manifesto, “For an independent socialist Scotland,” is the work of a party hostile to the essential interests of the working class.

Scotrail strike isolated by RMT, attacked by SNP government

By Jordan Shilton, 19 April 2010

Five hundred fifty rail workers across Scotland again went on strike this week, in continuing opposition to efforts by rail operator Scotrail to impose driver-only operated (DOO) trains on new services.

Scotland: Aberdeen University students oppose spending cuts and tuition fees

By Jordan Shilton, 30 March 2010

Scottish students face spending cuts, as well as the introduction of tuition fees, which will have a devastating impact on their education and future following graduation.

Scotland: Spending cuts across the education sector

By Jordan Shilton, 20 March 2010

Between 8,000 and 10,000 lecturers, students and parents gathered in Glasgow last Saturday to protest cost-cutting policies across the education sector.

Glasgow: March protests asylum deaths

By Steve James, 16 March 2010

Hundreds marched in central Glasgow March 13 to protest the deaths of Serguei Serykh, his wife Tatyana, and stepson Stepan the previous week.

Scotrail workers face strike-breaking operation

By Paul Barnes, 23 February 2010

Some 550 members of the Rail Maritime Transport Workers Union (RMT) at train operating company (TOC) Scotrail took strike action February 20 in an attempt to prevent the imposition of driver-only operated (DOO) trains on a new service on the Airdrie/Bathgate line.

Scotland: Diageo unions end campaign against plant closures

By Steve James, 23 December 2009

The Unite and GMB trade unions have closed down their campaign against the closure of drinks giant Diageo’s Johnnie Walker’s bottling plant in Kilmarnock and Port Dundas distillery and cooperage in Glasgow.

Lockerbie: Human rights lawyer states Megrahi was framed

By Steve James, 11 November 2009

Leading British human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce believes that Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi, the only man accused and convicted of the 1988 bombing of PanAm flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, was framed.

Scotland: Growing calls for tuition fees as universities face funding crisis

By Jordan Shilton, 4 November 2009

The higher education sector in Scotland is facing hundreds of job cuts, as universities declare they are facing a funding crisis.

Scottish National Party prepares deep spending cuts

By Jordan Shilton, 24 September 2009

The Scottish National Party minority government in Edinburgh is set to launch deep public spending cuts as a result of the economic crisis.

Scotland: Diageo presses on with 900 job cuts

By Stephen Alexander, 22 September 2009

Drinks company Diageo has announced it intends to press ahead with restructuring plans at a cost of 900 jobs.

Scotland: Report exposes bankruptcy of official campaign over Diageo jobs

By Stephen Alexander, 29 August 2009

Details of the report commissioned to propose alternatives to job losses at drinks transnational Diageo in Scotland have become available.

Lockerbie: Transatlantic row worsens over Megrahi release

By Steve James, 25 August 2009

Sections of the United States political establishment have reacted with fury to the release of Abdel Baset Mohmed al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie.

Scotland: Politicians and union leaders grovel to Diageo over Johnnie Walker closure

By Steve James, 29 July 2009

Around 20,000 people demonstrated in Kilmarnock July 26 against the planned closure of the Johnnie Walker’s whisky bottling plant by the major drinks transnational Diageo.

Scotland: Oppose Diageo job losses by mobilising the working class

By Socialist Equality Party (Britain), 25 July 2009

The following leaflet is being distributed by the Socialist Equality Party (Britain) to Sunday’s march and rally in Kilmarnock against the announcement by Diageo, the world’s largest drinks manufacturer, that it is shedding 900 jobs across Scotland.

Closure of Johnnie Walker plants in Scotland will eliminate hundreds of jobs

By Stephen Alexander, 18 July 2009

One of the world’s largest drinks manufacturers Diageo announced July 1 the closure of the Johnnie Walker whisky bottling plant in Kilmarnock and distillery at Port Dundas, Glasgow.

Scottish Socialist Party denounces No2EU campaign—a tale of rival nationalisms

By Steve James, 11 May 2009

In the upcoming European elections, the Scottish Socialist Party is advancing it own Scottish rival to the British nationalism of the No2EU.

Scotland: Fatal helicopter crash raises concerns over offshore safety

By David Fisher, 21 April 2009

On April 1 an AS332L2 Super Puma helicopter carrying personnel from BP’s Miller platform crashed into the North Sea with the loss of two crew and 14 passengers.

Britain: Glasgow schools occupied against Labour closure threat

By Steve James, 18 April 2009

The ruling Labour group of Glasgow City Council has decided to press ahead with the closure of 20 primary schools and nurseries in the city.

Parents occupying Glasgow schools speak out

By our reporters, 18 April 2009

Reporters for the World Socialist Web Site covered a demonstration Friday outside Glasgow City Chambers against the city council’s planned closure of 11 primary schools and nine nurseries.

Scotland: Banking meltdown creates crisis for Scottish Nationalists

By Niall Green, 20 March 2009

The failure of the two leading banking groups based in Edinburgh has severely compromised the Scottish National Party’s campaign for independence.

Britain: Labour beats off Scottish National Party challenge in Glenrothes by-election

By Steve James, 8 November 2008

The Labour Party’s unexpected by-election victory in the Glenrothes constituency in Fife, Scotland, followed widespread forecasts that it would lose the previously safe seat to the Scottish National Party.