By Stephen Alexander, 15 August 2019
The deaths from drug overdoses have fallen disproportionately on poor, urban areas of the former industrial working class.
By Steve James, 20 July 2019
The statements of Scottish National Party representatives on the hounding and torture of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange make clear the party supports his jailing and extradition.
By Steve James, 12 June 2019
Last week, the Irish government received a formal letter of notice of the Scottish government’s intention to seize Irish fishing vessels operating within 12 miles of Rockall.
London meeting to free Assange and Manning
By our reporters, 18 May 2019
Audience members at livestream viewings in Scotland of the SEP’s May 12 London meeting in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning spoke to the WSWS.
By Stephen Alexander, 9 May 2019
Scottish local authorities are imposing further cuts and increasing charges on vital services.
By Darren Paxton, 24 April 2019
The teachers dispute has been closed down, but lecturers and education staff fight on.
By Steve James, 26 January 2019
Whatever the outcome of the legal case against Salmond, the SNP is being torn apart by factional infighting.
By Darren Paxton, 23 January 2019
Teachers in Scotland are demanding a 10 percent pay increase, having rejected on several occasions the Scottish government’s offer of a paltry 3 percent.
By our correspondents, 18 January 2019
Lecturers are demanding a 2.5 percent increase, which merely covers for inflation, against an offer from the employers group Colleges Scotland of 0.9 percent.
By our reporter, 23 November 2018
The Scottish government, local authorities, teaching and local government unions are desperate to avoid strikes, and above all to prevent a united offensive by teachers and council workers.
Rank-and file organisations needed to organise fight-back
By Steve James, 17 November 2018
French-based transnational Michelin’s decision to close its Dundee tyre manufacturing plant poses workers with the challenge of creating new organisations of struggle.
By Robert Stevens, 29 October 2018
The demonstration was far larger than the EIS anticipated and shows the desire of teachers to fight back against pay cuts.
“The council seem to think they can do what they want and get away with it”
By our reporters, 25 October 2018
Workers maintained picket lines at many of the city’s schools, museums, cleansing depots and libraries.
By Steve James, 23 October 2018
Eight thousand poorly-paid, mostly women workers are due to strike October 23 and 24 in a long-running dispute with Glasgow City Council and its care services agency.
By Steve James, 15 October 2018
The SNP is proposing support for a Labour government in the UK based on demands for a rerun of the 2016 Brexit vote.
By Julie Hyland, 31 August 2018
Salmond led the SNP for more than 20 years and is identified as the key figure in the push for Scotland’s independence from the UK.
By Steve James, 14 August 2018
Serco wrote to Glasgow City Council of its intention to evict “former Asylum Seekers who do not wish to engage in voluntary return, and who the Home Office have determined have no legal right to remain in the UK.”
By Stephen Alexander, 4 August 2018
Serco has already issued six “lock change notices,” giving asylum seekers just seven days to vacate its property.
By Steve James, 19 June 2018
Within hours, the British and Scottish governments refused to call a public inquiry into a fire which has reduced to ashes—for the second time in four years—a much loved and culturally significant public building.
By Darren Paxton and Sandy Campbell, 23 December 2017
Although workers effectively took control of the yards, the GMB and Unite trade unions were at pains to insist the action was a “work-in.”
By Steve James, 14 November 2017
The SNP has avoided any criticism of EU support for the brutal crackdown by the Spanish government against the Catalan national movement.
SEP national secretary proposes “Capitalism Has Failed” at St Andrews University Union Debating Society
By our reporter, 7 November 2017
Chris Marsden, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, won substantial support for the proposition that capitalism is an “abject failure.”
Director of British rights group Cage convicted for refusing to reveal mobile phone and laptop pass codes
By Steve James, 4 October 2017
The conviction of Muhammed Rabbani underscores the significance of recent investigations into massive mobile phone surveillance in Britain by local police forces.
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.
By Steve James, 10 August 2017
Decades prior to the Grenfell fire, the dangers of flammable and incorrectly installed cladding were known to governments of all stripes and ignored.
By Steve James, 7 June 2017
The Scottish National Party (SNP) is likely to emerge as the largest party in Scotland following the June 8 general election in the UK.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 May 2017
Former senior RBS executives have never had to make a public account of the events leading up to the bank’s collapse in 2008, when it was rescued by then Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
By Steve James, 18 May 2017
Following the local elections, the Labour Party in Scotland has fallen into third place, trailing the ruling SNP and the Tories.
By Stephen Alexander, 29 April 2017
Despite almost a decade of swingeing education cuts, the EIS resisted any national action up until last year, when a few one-day stoppages took place.
By Stephen Alexander, 27 April 2017
The lecturers' strike must be seen in the context of growing unrest among workers in every sector of the economy after a decade of austerity.
Britain’s pseudo-left promotes Kurdish YPG militia volunteer Brace Belden as University of Glasgow Rector
By Stephen Alexander, 5 April 2017
The Kurdish YPG militias function as a proxy force of the imperialist powers in the brutal US-instigated war for regime change in Syria.
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.
By Steve James, 13 February 2017
Scotland Against Trump put forward no perspective to mobilise the working class against the most right-wing, anti-democratic government ever elected in US history.
By Minnie Watson, 7 January 2017
Unison aims to keep the Glasgow disputes separate from the identical threats facing the numerous council workers and Unison members in every single local authority in Britain.
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 26 October 2016
In 2008, Chancellor of the Exchequer Alastair Darling took an 83 percent stake in RBS, pumping in £45 billion of taxpayers’ money to keep the bank afloat.
By Steve James, 25 October 2016
For Sturgeon and the SNP leadership, the threat of a new independence poll is a tool to extract concessions from London—primarily over the terms of Brexit.
By Steve James, 12 July 2016
While the Brexit crisis centres on British relations with the EU, the unanticipated debacle is also threatening to destabilise relations between and within all the EU’s component countries.
By Steve James, 4 June 2016
RISE is led by an aspiring middle class layer of academics and commentators seeking to build their careers through the creation of a new Scottish capitalist state
By Steve James, 30 April 2016
Sixteen Edinburgh schools remain closed after the private consortium that built and managed the properties was unable to guarantee the safety of the buildings.
By Steve James and Minnie Watson, 17 March 2016
Another round of spending cuts imposed by the Scottish National Party government on behalf of the Conservative central government is likely to cost as many as 15,000 job losses.
By Steve James, 7 March 2016
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has come forward as the most craven booster of the political bona-fides of the European Union.
By Minnie Watson, 21 January 2016
The Scottish National Party is faithfully imposing the attacks dictated by the Conservatives, including significant cuts in education and the arts.
By Steve James, 20 January 2016
Under conditions where the SNP government is enforcing austerity policies, RISE seeks to ensure that disaffection with the SNP is channelled along nationalist and separatist lines.
By Steve James, 23 December 2015
Every political or campaign organisation whose outlook implies the slightest criticism of the authorities has been spied upon by the police.
By Stephen Alexander, 4 December 2015
Job losses are mounting, even before the huge cuts announced in the Autumn Statement are factored into the Scottish budget.
By Minnie Watson, 24 November 2015
An independent investigation has revealed that 34 police forces, over the course of three years, accessed the data of 105 journalists and 242 sources.
By Steve James, 20 November 2015
Corbyn used the Scottish Labour conference last month as a platform to promote a variant of left-sounding Scottish nationalism.
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.
By Stephen Alexander, 5 October 2015
Underlying the SNP’s cheap anti-Tory populism and fawning before the European Union are definite material interests.
By Steve James and Julie Hyland, 3 September 2015
RISE’s purpose is to save the project of Scottish independence—and the lucrative opportunities they hope will be offered to its pseudo-left founders.
By Minnie Watson, 26 August 2015
Within 45 seconds, Bayoh was incapacitated, restrained in handcuffs, leg and ankle restraints, and was in a “prone position face down.”
By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 13 August 2015
Scottish Socialist Party leader Colin Fox has made clear that what Syriza has done in Greece, the SSP would be more than ready to do in Scotland.
By Katie Rhodes, 1 August 2015
Caseworkers will be returning to an even more chaotic and failing service compared with 17 weeks ago.
By Stephen Alexander, 18 July 2015
The progressive pretensions of the SNP are a cover for core neo-liberal policies.
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.
By Jordan Shilton, 13 June 2015
The new formation is seeking advice from Syriza on how to access the corridors of power and consolidate positions within the capitalist state.
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.
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.
By Julie Hyland, 25 April 2015
Faced with a mounting social and economic crisis, the British bourgeoisie’s traditional mechanisms of rule are collapsing.
By Julie Hyland, 23 April 2015
The SSP approaches every issue facing working people solely from the standpoint of the ability of the Scottish bourgeoisie to grab more powers from Westminster.
By Chris Marsden, 17 April 2015
The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition offers no answer for anyone seeking a left alternative to the Labour Party.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
By Steve James, 5 February 2015
The slump upends the Scottish National Party’s mendacious perspective of an independent capitalist Scotland awash in oil revenue.
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
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.
By Steve James, 10 December 2014
Earlier this year, Scottish police attracted worldwide attention for having a far higher stop and search rate than both London and New York.
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.
By Julie Hyland, 2 December 2014
The cross-party commission was established immediately following the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence.
By Joe Mount, 2 December 2014
Although tuition is free in Scotland, miserly levels of student support mean that students must turn to loans to cover their living costs.
By Steve James, 25 November 2014
With UK opinion polls showing the likelihood of a hung parliament at the 2015 election, the SNP’s clutch of Westminster parliamentary seats could hold the balance of power.
By Steve James, 10 November 2014
The Scottish Labour Party is sharply divided over the extent to which it should advocate greater devolution in Scotland.
By Julie Hyland, 23 September 2014
“In concrete terms,” Sheridan writes, “that means advocating a vote” for the pro-NATO, pro-European Union, pro-corporate SNP.
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.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)
20 September 2014
The No vote on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom has in no way lessened the dangers facing working people.
By 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.
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.
By Jordan Shilton, 17 September 2014
The trade unions have facilitated the promotion of regionalism for years.
By Keith Jones, 17 September 2014
As in Scotland today, in the run-up to the 1995 Quebec referendum, the unions and pseudo-left played a critical role in giving a “progressive” coloring to the reactionary project for an independent capitalist Quebec.
By Chris Marsden and Robert Stevens, 16 September 2014
The immense tensions generated by the Scottish referendum point to an unprecedented crisis of rule, whatever the outcome of Thursday’s ballot.
By our reporters, 16 September 2014
Workers and young people in Scotland have responded positively to the SEP’s call for a “No” vote in Thursday’s referendum on the basis of a rejection of nationalism and the fight for the unity of workers in Britain and internationally.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 September 2014
The Counterfire group, a split-off from Britain’s Socialist Workers Party, has published a political apologia for the Scottish National Party and Scottish nationalism.
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.
By Julie Hyland, 9 September 2014
There is a gathering political crisis in the Conservative Party over the September 18 referendum on Scotland's independence from the UK.
By Jordan Shilton, 8 September 2014
As with the two previous debates on the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence, none of the genuine concerns facing working people were seriously addressed.
By Steve James, 5 September 2014
Sillars told a Glasgow meeting that an independent Scotland could rely on oil and financial speculation.
By Jordan Shilton, 4 September 2014
Talk of the “Americanisation” of the police in Scotland must be taken seriously, particularly in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.
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.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 August 2014
The so-called Radical Independence Campaign shares all of the Scottish National Party’s core positions.
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.
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.
By our reporters, 21 August 2014
SEP teams have been campaigning in Glasgow city centre, Paisley, Greenock and Port Glasgow.
By Marianne Arens, 14 August 2014
The support for the Scottish independence campaign by Italy’s extreme right-wing Northern League confirms that it is a reactionary project.
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.