Left Unity in Scotland now officially support Scottish independence?

Left Unity is socialist or it is nothing

LU Scotland notes that:

1. The issue of Scottish independence is a democratic question.

2. Scottish opinion is increasingly polarised between unionist parties committed to austerity and a public opposed to government policies.

3. The ‘no’ camp is dominated by Tory and New Labour, who will be strengthened by a victory in the September referendum to continue with austerity policies.

4. The ‘yes’ camp includes not only nationalists positioned to the left of Labour, but also the majority of working class and progressive opinion who support a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum as a method of fighting the austerity policies of the coalition government.

LU Scotland agrees that:

1. Socialists should not be seen to defend the integrity of the British state or adopt a position of neutrality when there is a potential to weaken that state.

2. LU should be clearly aligned with the campaign to secede from the UK and fight within this camp for working class interests and anti-militarist policies.

LU Scotland resolves to campaign on a socialist and internationalist basis with others for a ‘yes’ majority in September.

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5 Responses to Left Unity in Scotland now officially support Scottish independence?

  1. Bill O'Hara says:

    Excellent – Well done Left Unity Scotland.


  2. Workers’ unity like charity begins at home, it appears.
    For a more socialist critique read the posts on the SPGB Glasgow/Edinburgh branches blog


  3. TomDelargy says:

    I never wrote that statement. I could take issue with many parts of it. I am not a member of Left Unity. However, it is better than the drivel Left Unity had previously which lined so-called socialists up with David Cameron’s Toris, John Cridland’s CBI, Nigel Farage’s UKIP. My own ideas on Scottish independence are to be found on my blog, for those interested. I am not a nationalist any more than James Connolly was. Neither am I an ultra-left dogmatist who thinks the key slogan of the day, under all circumstances, from here to eternity is: abolition of the wages system!


    • Under what circumstances do you consider the demand abolition of the wages system to be a valid?

      If it is never raised as an immediate achievable aspiration then it will be forever relegated to some unforeseeable future.

      We have so often seen the results of those who advocated easy steps by gradual reformism as a policy …even Picketty suggests a tax that not one government in the world would replace their austerity programmes with, yet that is not described as naively utopian. .


  4. TomDelargy says:

    Since you are up for a debate, I will let you have one. I have written about this, and I’m sure some of it is centralized on this blog. I’m actually too busy at the moment to respond immediately. However, I have no problem putting my cards on the table. My ideas come from Bukharin, Lenin, Trotsky, Luxemburg, Lukacs, Harman, Molyneux. Also Marx and Engels.


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