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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
By Steve James, 14 December 2012
The Radical Independence Conference, held in Glasgow late November, was neither radical nor independent.
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.
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.
By Jordan Shilton, 17 October 2012
After months of wrangling, terms have been finalised for the holding of a referendum on Scottish independence.
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.
By Steve James, 10 October 2012
The Scottish National Party government is preparing another round of spending cuts and public sector job losses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Steve James, 29 June 2012
Around 80 destitute asylum seekers face eviction from a tower block asylum hostel in Glasgow, Scotland.
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.
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.
By Steve James, 31 March 2012
The Labour Party is in a state of near collapse in Glasgow.
By Robert Stevens, 29 March 2012
The gas leak at the Total oil conglomerate Elgin platform in the North Sea threatens an environmental disaster.
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.
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.
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.
By Julie Hyland, 19 January 2012
The fight within Britain’s ruling elite over a referendum on Scottish independence is without principle.
By Steve James, 12 November 2011
Sharp disputes have emerged over the proposed referendum on Scottish independence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
By Jordan Shilton, 18 June 2011
The pseudo-radical groups in Scotland are revealing themselves as the left flank of the ruling class.
By Steve James, 13 June 2011
Scottish National Party government plays up legal tensions with London
By Stephen Alexander, 13 June 2011
A section of the Education Institute of Scotland bureaucracy has launched a campaign to “Reclaim EIS.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Steven Alexander, 18 December 2010
The Scottish Nationalist Party government has announced a programme of cuts at all levels of education in Scotland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Steve James, 26 May 2010
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has pledged to implement the Calman Commission on Scottish Devolution.
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.
By Jordan Shilton, 6 May 2010
The Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru are promoting the virtues of a hung parliament in Britain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.