Scotland

The SNP reality

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Dale Street

In the 2015 general election, the Scottish National Party lied, lied and lied again. They helped the Tories win the election. They cannot be allowed to get away with doing the same in 2017.

“The only way to lock the Tories out of 10 Downing Street is to vote SNP on 7 May,” said the SNP. The reality: while the SNP won 56 seats, a Tory-Lib-Dem coalition was replaced by a Tory government with an absolute majority.

The SNP has sought to rally people round a flag. Unsurprisingly, this leads to other people rallying round a different flag.

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Scottish nationalism's priorities

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Ann Field

It is now over a year since the Scottish Parliament passed a piece of legislation. But Scotland is no SNP-ruled utopia which has no need of legislative reform or intervention.

Despite its record of failure in government, the SNP has found time to stage a Holyrood “debate” on a second referendum on Scottish independence.

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SNP nationalism no answer to Brexit nationalism

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Dale Street

On 13 March, a school in the constituency of SNP Education Secretary John Swinney sent a letter to pupils’ parents asking them to help teach maths in the school, due to a shortage of maths teachers. Later in that week a new report revealed that child poverty, income inequality and the number of people living in relative poverty in Scotland were all increasing.

SNP nationalism is no answer to Brexit nationalism.

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Puddle-drinkers and a crossword puzzle

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Dale Street

Attacks on Scottish nationalism have been coming thick and fast recently, bringing the puddle-drinkers (self-righteous Scottish nationalists) out in force.

It began with Sadiq Khan’s speech to the Scottish Labour Party conference: “There’s no difference between those who try to divide us on the basis of whether we’re English or Scottish and those who try to divide us on the basis of our background, race or religion.”

A week which began with contrived self-righteous indignation at Sadiq Khan’s argument that Scottish nationalism was a divisive political force became one long vindication of what he said.

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Scottish Labour Party: mixed picture

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Dale Street

Scottish Labour Party conference on 25-26 February unanimously passed policy in favour of “a progressive federal structure for the UK” and the convening of a “People’s Constitutional Convention” by the Labour Party at UK level in order to “deliberate on these issues”.

Since the 2014 referendum Scottish politics has polarised around national-identity politics, with Labour losing opponents of independence to the Tories and supporters of independence to the SNP.

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The SNP, antisemitic tropes and Facebook

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Dale Street

“Unfortunately, a comment on this thread has been deleted and the user banned for repeated antisemitic comments. Bigotry or any form of racial or religious discrimination, be it Islamophobia or antisemitism, simply will not be tolerated on this page.”

That was the commitment given by the SNP Friends of Palestine (FoP) on its public Facebook page in December of last year. It is a commitment that the campaign has spectacularly failed to implement.

Contributions to the SNP Friends of Palestine's Facebook page.

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SNP backs Heathrow third runway

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Dale Street

An open letter to those on the left who support the Progressive Alliance.

Okay, your pals in the SNP have just announced official support for a third runway at Heathrow.

Yes, I know what you’re going to say: “It’s only been reported in the MainStream Media. ‘The Canary’ hasn’t confirmed it. And even if it is true, the third runway could be a Mossad-inspired false-flag operation.” But take my word for it: it’s true. And I think we can safely rule out any involvement by Mossad.

An open letter to those on the left who support the Progressive Alliance.

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The SNP’s broken promises

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Dale Street

Chris Law has become the third of the SNP’s 2015 intake of MPs —elected on a promise of a “new politics”, free from traditional Westminster sleaze — to be investigated by the police about their financial dealings.

Law, who owns a £140,000 Aston Martin and has just put in a bid for an “offers over £620,000” castle, spent the 2014 referendum campaign touring Scotland in a 1950s Green Goddess fire engine painted in the colours of the saltire.

Chris Law has become the third of the SNP’s 2015 intake of MPs —elected on a promise of a “new politics”, free from traditional Westminster sleaze — to be investigated by the police about their financial dealings.

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Scottish Labour’s fortunes

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Ann Field

In the 2015 general election Labour lost 40 of the 41 seats it held in Scotland. In this May’s Holyrood elections it lost 14 of its 38 seats. Four months later, Labour remains in decline.

Scottish Labour will not revive as an effective political force by trying to forge a suicidal “progressive alliance” with a non-progressive narrow-nationalist party committed to its destruction. Instead, it needs to grasp the opportunity opened up by Corbyn’s victory in 2015, by reasserting the centrality of class politics and mobilising around a radical socialist alternative to SNP nationalism.

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Industrial news in brief

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Gerry Bates, Simon Nelson and Ollie Moore

On 7 July the International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) called a one-hour world-wide strike, from 8 a.m. local time.

Under the slogan “Defend Dockers Rights,” the Global Day of Union Action was organised to call for: Improved health and safety in the workplace, an end to job deregulation, respect for bargaining rights and collective agreements, the need for universal labor standards in GNTs, the concerns over automation processes in terminals, and social justice.

Global strike in the ports; Minnesota nurses strike for control; progress for left at Unison conference; driver-only operation fight continues; ISS must investigate chemicals.

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