Scotland

Common Weal: Nothing in common

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Calls for a new social democracy in Scotland where workers and bosses cooperate ignores the reality of a class society

The independence referendum has opened up a debate in Scotland about what type of society we want to live in. Hundreds have joined Yes campaign, Radical Independence and Yes/No debates to discuss how we can achieve a Scotland that breaks from Britain's inequality and wars.

Scotland: Labour for Independence

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Two events last month indicate the growing importance of socialist ideas and the working class vote within the independence debate. In Kirkcaldy, Fife, Tommy Sheridan, the former Socialist MSP, spoke to a meeting of over 200. In the space of a few weeks the video of the meeting has clocked up over 74,000 views (and rising) on YouTube.

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.

State of the nations

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It is increasingly likely that a referendum on Scottish independence will take place in the autumn of 2014. Dave Sherry looks at the growing tensions within the Scottish National Party and argues that socialists should back independence while emphasising class politics within the campaign

Political prediction is a risky business at any time, but at the moment the odds favour a Scottish independence referendum taking place according to the timetable set by the SNP-run devolved Scottish government - two years from now in the autumn of 2014. What is not yet clear is the exact nature of the question or questions that will be asked and who will be allowed to vote. In the present circumstances members and supporters of the Socialist Workers Party in Scotland will be arguing and campaigning for a vote for independence.

The decline and fall of Rangers FC

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Back in February Glasgow Rangers Football Club entered administration. The administrators claimed there were short-term problems and the club would be back to normal shortly. In the period since there have been almost daily revelations about toxic bank debt, tax avoidance, cheating on the football field and legal investigations that may result in charges of fraud and corruption. On 14 June Rangers' creditors refused to accept the administrators' offer of a 3p payment for every pound owed. The result was the liquidation of the club. How did this happen?

Salmond smiling

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Anyone wanting to understand the reasons for the Scottish National Party's landslide election victory in Scotland on 5 May could do worse than read the speech delivered by Alex Salmond as he was sworn in as first minister on 20 May.

Echoing Woody Guthrie's famous anthem, Salmond went out of his way to welcome new Italian, Pakistani and Middle Eastern members of the Scottish Parliament, saying, "This land is their land...it belongs to all who choose to call it home. This includes new Scots who have escaped persecution or conflict in Africa or the Middle East...We offer a hand to all, whether they hail from England, Ireland, Pakistan or Poland."

Scottish Revolution: They Took the High Road

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Joint Deutscher Prize winner Neil Davidson looks at the debate provoked by his book.

Whatever disagreements we may have with his interpretation of events, there is no doubt that Isaac Deutscher's major works are great literary achievements which helped keep alive a critical approach to the Russian Revolution in the darkest days of the Cold War.

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