Scotland looks on a knife edge on making its decision of breaking the union with the rest of the United Kingdom. As an Irishman with no love lost for the class which rules the U.K. I would say to Scottish working people to take a a hard glance at the Irish Republic before casting your ballot.
Since the foundation of the Irish Republic its main claim to independence is its own Postage stamp and the Irish flag. What came along with these priceless ornaments, the emigrant ship/jet, where we send our best for jobs in some other place but Ireland. Women who have been treated as abysmally in the past and still today just ask those who seek an abortion. Lets not mention the children.
The S.N.P. a bunch of tartan Tories,who have used the disillusionment of Scottish people with austerity U.K. to mobilize for independence.This to me coming from the birth place of James Connolly,Mc Clean and other greats of the working class,a working class which has often been the vanguard of the British working class.
In 1916 the Irish made a revolution to establish an independent state. The problem for Ireland even by 1916, it was too late for Ireland to be economically independent. If this was the case for Ireland then,it is even more so for Scotland today. As Connolly said of Ireland in 1916 it is even more pertinent for Scotland today.
“If you remove the English army tomorrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organization of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain. England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs.”
- Shan Van Vocht (socialist newspaper) January, 1897. Reprinted in P. Beresford Ellis (ed.), “James Connolly – Selected Writings”, p. 124.
Imperialism has carved up the world and to think an independent Scotland a nation will not be swallowed up with many call centres and muti nationals seeking a tax break . More like a mirror image of Ireland a tax free exile for multi nationals,while its best educated are scattered to the four winds. Some would suggest it will create an opportunity for workers to turn the political system upside down but under the tartan Tories their is little chance of that.
Nationalism may have pulled the Scottish working class behind it out of disillusionment with its traditional working class political instincts, however nationalism is a cross class alliance and the Scottish working class would always be the horse not the rider. Nationalism is always used by the ruling elite to divide and rule and to think this will not happen because of past links with rest of the working class in the U.K. is a crime to our past struggles. When class confronts class it will become a convenient tool.
The union should be smashed through a workers revolution throughout the whole island,based on the bonds built through countless struggles against the likes of the tartan Tories.Under a workers leadership a new union could be created a socialist federation of Scotland,England,Wales, and hopefully Ireland.
While the S.N.P. will, in power defend their most important base capitalism. Whatever happens yes or no I believe the Scottish people have a right to determine their own future even though it is not what I agree with.. One thing is for certain nothing will remain as before after this vote. Even our very own orange men are worried and are calling for a no vote as this vote poses questions of identity given their close links with Scotland.
For me a united working class of the whole of the U.K. is better,then a retrograde step into nationalist isolation,with all that this implies for the unity of the working class and its ability to smash capitalism on the island of Briton.