News – Scotland and International

Labour fantasy of how Union works

  By George Kerevan
ON TUESDAY we got Labour’s Mark III devolution plan – or Mark IV if you include the abortive 1979 version. My point is not to denigrate Labour’s efforts. In fact, I think these latest fiscal proposals should be examined seriously and on merit. I merely observe that this is Labour’s latest offering – which suggests dissention and … Read More


News in Brief

UK budget can’t hide continued cuts

Independence is the only way Scotland can properly create opportunities and secure the investment in public services and the economy … Read More

Full tax power discussions herald ‘great opportunity’, say SNP

Evidence given to a Scottish Government committee discussing the benefits of the country having full control over its own tax … Read More

£110 million youth funding

Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance will highlight that the area qualifies for an allocation from the EU’s Youth Employment … Read More

Glasgow SNP group elect new leader

Glasgow City Council’s SNP Group today (Tuesday, the 18th of March) elected Councillor Susan Aitken as the new Leader of … Read More

PFI contract reviews to save £26 million

Plans to deliver £26 million savings across the 28 existing Private Finance Initiative (PFI) projects in NHS Scotland have been … Read More

Boost for Yes after Unison branch debate triumph

INDEPENDENCE campaigners have received another boost as a Unison trade union branch sided “positively with the Yes side”.
Nation-wide branch Skills … Read More

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By Richie Venton, SSP national workplace organiser

It’s been a good week for those of us campaigning as trade unionists for independence. Huge numbers of trade unionists have voted to support  Scottish independence after thorough, well-informed debate.

And even those union leaders who unceremoniously imposed their union’s support for the anti-independence camp with no – or entirely sham – consultation of Scottish members, are now desperately scrambling to distance themselves from the toxic, Tory-funded Better Together campaign.

By Mark McNaught
Over the past week, Scots have vividly seen the institutional boulders the EU and the UK have dropped on Scotland’s road to independence. Manuel Barosso and George Osborne clearly do not believe in facilitating self-determination through cooperation, and are using threats of expulsion to cower Scots into voting for continued Westminster subservience.

Book review: In Place Of Fear II: A Socialist Programme For An Independent Scotland, by Jim Sillars, (Vagabond Voices 2014, £4.95)

By John McAllion
In Nye Bevan’s seminal work,  In Place of Fear, first published in 1952, Labour’s then leading socialist began by posing the questions “where does power lie?” and “how can it be attained by the workers?” 

  By Mark McNaught
Denying Scots the pound; thas col’ pimpin’.
During George Osborne’s hectoring speech on currency union, he declared “A vote to leave the UK is also a vote to leave these unions”, and that “There is no legal reason why the rest of the UK would need to share its currency with Scotland”.

Instead of the three parties unifying over what additional powers to allocate to Scotland in the event of a ‘no’ vote, they unify to threaten to deprive Scots of their own currency. Revolting.

By Derek Bateman

The ToryLabourLibDem Troika, having delighted the Dependence Twitterati with their currency strike, have created a massive problem for themselves. They don’t consult, they combine to say No – against all reason – they resist well-argued Scottish logic. So, if this is how they treat the Scots in an area where we share an asset, who can trust them to deliver increased powers?

  By G.A.Ponsonby

In my predictions for the coming year, published on Hogmanay, I said that media coverage of the independence referendum would move away from real issues and onto areas of little interest to the general population.

My exact words were: “The No campaign is now relying to an even greater extent on the esoteric issues of the EU and currency.  BBC Scotland will play its role in keeping these issues simmering, to the exclusion of the real referendum issues of welfare, opportunity and a fairer society.”

By Derek Bateman

Surely the Barroso story isn’t…a story? He hasn’t said anything new and to anybody who has been following this for the last two years, this is status quo. The main point seems to be that he appears on a London television programme, one watched by London political hacks desperate for Monday morning copy and he says something easily spun into an anti-Salmond, anti-Scottish top line so who cares if it isn’t new?

  By David Torrance

After a typically assured speech at London’s UCL on Thursday evening, Nicola Sturgeon was asked to hypothecate about what form greater devolution for Scotland might take following a “no” vote. Obligingly, she set out three criteria: 1) that any proposals were “credible and meaningful”, i.e. encompassing 100 per cent of income tax and welfare, 2) agreed between the three Unionist parties, and 3) accompanied by a “clear timetable” for their delivery.