Scotland & Devolution

Scottish National Party clashes with Johnson government over second independence referendum

By Chris Marsden and Steve James, 22 January 2020

The invocations of democracy by both sides seek to conceal a row between rival bourgeois factions whose interests, aims and nationalist agendas are hostile to the working class on both sides of the border.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale quits

By Steve James, 25 September 2017

Dugdale’s career points to the hollowed-out character of Labour and leader Jeremy Corbyn’s refusal to wage a struggle against the party’s right-wing.

Pseudo-left groups champion Scottish National Party’s independence referendum demand

By Chris Marsden, 20 March 2017

Access to the European Single Market is the sole genuine concern of the Scottish National Party’s business backers, and it is one shared by broad sections of big business throughout the UK.

UK government to trigger Brexit amid calls for second Scottish independence vote

By Chris Marsden, 15 March 2017

As the Tory government presses on with its plans to leave the EU, the United Kingdom could itself face the same dissolution that threatens the European Union.

Brexit seized on by Scottish government to mount new power grab

By Steve James, 28 December 2016

The Scottish National Party government are hoping to directly benefit from the Brexit debacle by laying claim to additional powers for the Scottish parliament.

Scottish government in crisis over Trump victory

By Steve James, 26 November 2016

The Scottish National Party had anticipated a Clinton victory and was considering how best to use it to add weight to the case for a reversal of the Brexit referendum.

Contradiction between pro-business policies and leftist rhetoric defines Scottish National Party conference

By Paul Mitchell, 20 October 2015

Aware of the precarious nature of the support for the SNP, the conference was directed towards attempts at maintaining its already damaged anti-austerity image.

Scottish Socialist Party takes its nationalist stand against Jeremy Corbyn

By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 14 October 2015

Corbyn’s election to head the Labour Party, based on his professed opposition to austerity and militarism, has cut across the SSP’s propaganda in the service of Scottish nationalism.

Scottish National Party’s Nicola Sturgeon goes warmongering in Washington

By Steve James, 23 June 2015

Sturgeon’s comments make clear that the SNP leadership fully supports British participation in the US-led military escalation that has brought the world closer to global war.

Meetings on UK general elections: “We were alone in telling workers and young people the truth”

By David O’Sullivan and Katie Rhodes, 30 May 2015

The Socialist Equality Party in the UK held two successful meetings, in London and Glasgow, on the lessons of the May 7 British General Election.

Murdoch’s Scottish Sun backs the Scottish National Party

By Jordan Shilton, 4 May 2015

Whatever other motivations are involved, Murdoch’s endorsement of the SNP punctures the carefully constructed myth that the SNP is an anti-austerity party.

Scottish National Party’s overtures to Labour prompt Conservative backlash

By Julie Hyland, 25 April 2015

Faced with a mounting social and economic crisis, the British bourgeoisie’s traditional mechanisms of rule are collapsing.

BBC’s election challengers’ debate

Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and Green Party offer “progressive alliance” with Labour

By Chris Marsden, 18 April 2015

Sturgeon’s pleas helped cover for Miliband’s right-wing austerity agenda, as Labour issued its manifesto beginning with a “Budget Responsibility Lock.”

Scottish nationalist advocates “devo-max” in Aberdeen leaders’ debate

By Julie Hyland, 11 April 2015

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon said she would push for complete control of taxation and spending in Scotland “as quickly as the other parties agree to give it.”

Pseudo-left rally behind Scottish National Party at anti-nuclear submarine rally

By Julie Hyland, 7 April 2015

The organisers of Saturday’s protest are seeking to channel opposition to war behind capitalist parties fully committed to militarism.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon denies claim she wants a Conservative government

By Julie Hyland, 6 April 2015

Labour is polling poorly across the UK and is forecast to be wiped out in Scotland, with the Scottish National Party the beneficiary.

UK general election: Conflicts intensify over possible hung parliament

By Julie Hyland, 12 March 2015

Amidst a possible Labour Party rout in Scotland, what emerges from the discussions on the makeup of a future UK government is the right-wing agenda of all the parties.

UK Conservatives set out “English Votes for English Laws”

By Julie Hyland, 6 February 2015

Greater devolution, whether in its Scottish or English guise, is directed towards a layer of the upper middle class hostile to any semblance of redistributive economic measures.

Scottish National Party prepares for a coalition role at Westminster

By Steve James, 19 January 2015

The SNP has decided that the views of its newer members are not going to prejudice its chances of cutting a deal with one or other of the leading British parties

Scottish first minister reassures the financial oligarchy

By Steve James, 31 December 2014

This pledge of fealty between the Scottish National Party and the top echelons of the British state exposes the role of the Scottish Socialist Party and the Socialist Workers Party.

Radical Independence Campaign does dirty work for Scottish National Party

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.

Smith report on Scottish devolution sets off further devolution throughout UK

By Julie Hyland, 2 December 2014

The cross-party commission was established immediately following the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence.

Britain’s fake-left groups seek permanent nationalist alliance in Scotland

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.

Vote No in the Scottish referendum: Fight for a Socialist Britain!

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.

Public meetings in Scotland: After the independence referendum, lessons for the 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.

Spain: Catalan separatist leader declares Scottish vote “an example for us”

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.

Veteran Scottish nationalist Jim Sillars denounces fight for socialism

By Steve James, 5 September 2014

Sillars told a Glasgow meeting that an independent Scotland could rely on oil and financial speculation.

The class issues in the Scottish referendum

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.

Scottish Socialist Party seeks to divide the working class

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.

Scottish National Party issues its hollow “Declaration of Opportunity”

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.

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.

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.

Former Scottish Socialist Party leader promotes nationalism in referendum campaign

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.

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.

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 parliament elections: Campaign indicates reversals for Scottish National Party

By Steve James, 21 April 1999

Three weeks before the elections to the Scottish parliament, the Scotsman newspaper called for some political theatre to make the elections appear relevant to Scottish voters.