[Marxism] Scottish National Party Calls For Debate On Independence
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Sun Aug 12 00:42:57 MDT 2007
Since winning the Scottish elections in May, and thus handing the Labour
Party their first electoral defeat in Scotland in a generation, the Scottish
National Party (SNP) have hardly put a foot wrong. They have pushed through a
resolution in the Scottish Parliament against nuclear weapons and nuclear power
in Scotland, driving a wedge between the Scottish and British parliaments;
they have abolished backended tuition fees for university students in
Scotland (known as the Graduate Endowment); they have made formal representation to
the US Consulate informing them that the Scottish people are against the war
in Iraq; and now they are beginning to push their core plank, which is
Of course, they still remain a pro-business, pro free market party, and have
accepted sizeable donations from some major business figures in Scotland.
The fact remains, however, that the break up of the British State would be
eminently progressive in that it would weaken Britain's ability to ally with the
US in wars such as Afghanistan and Iraq; and, by qualitatively changing the
composition of the British State, it could deepen the consciousness of the
working class in both Scotland and England, not to mention Wales and Ireland.
The Scottish National Party has called for a "national conversation" to
take place about independence.
It comes as the SNP executive prepares to publish its White Paper on
independence this week - containing plans for a referendum on the issue.
Labour said the proposals were an unwanted waste of taxpayers' money.
A newspaper poll on Friday showed a significant drop in support for
independence, despite more people backing the SNP.
The YouGov poll in the Daily Mail showed that while almost half of those
questioned backed the Nationalists, the survey showed only 31% were in favour of
A spokesman for First Minister Alex Salmond said the SNP were taking a
three-pronged approach to government, focusing on competence, consensus and their
vision for the country.
SNP leaders argued their handling of incidents such as the terrorist attack
on Glasgow Airport showed they were governing effectively.
They also claimed cross-party support for matters such as the abolition of
bridge tolls showed the administration was building consensus on an
The spokesman said: "The SNP are pursuing a three-fold approach to
government - competence in running the nation's affairs, a consensus to move Scotland
forward on particular issues, and offering an overall vision of the country's
future. That is the context for the White Paper publication."
He continued: "The document will form the basis of a national conversation
with the people, and will set out a vision of independence and responsibility
in the modern world.
"It will be an inclusive, governmental document - making clear that
ministers believe independence and equality offers the best future for Scotland,
while urging those who believe in other possibilities, such as more powers, to
come into the conversation."
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