Keir McKechnie

Scotland, independence and the left

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A sense of panic had begun to grip the British establishment as the break up of the United Kingdom looms as a possibility. A sense of panic had begun to grip the British establishment as the break up of the United Kingdom looms as a possibility. Socialists should support the dissolution of a key imperialist state and that the left has been able to shape the independence campaign. argues socialists should support the dissolution of a key imperialist state and that the left has been able to shape the independence campaign.

With two months to go until the Scottish Independence referendum there is a serious whiff of panic coming out of Westminster and from across the Atlantic. Growing fears that opinion polls continue to show a narrowing of the No camp’s lead to around 8 percent have prompted both Barack Obama at the G7 summit and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to pitch in to defend the need for a “strong, robust and united Britain”.

Scottish independence: everything to play for

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The Scottish referendum on independence is just under a year away and the arguments in both camps are sharpening.

The official pro-Union Better Together campaign has adopted a negative campaigning strategy, best known as "Project Fear". This unholy anti-independence alliance is being fronted by Alistair Darling, the former Labour chancellor, David Cameron and Nick Clegg. It amounts to flooding the media with hyped up scare stories about Scotland sinking as a country if it dares to opt for independence.

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