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Referendum 2014
The Scottish independence referendum and the debate about Scotland's constitutional future
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Independent Scotland’s ‘Thatcher-style economy’

Independent Scotland’s ‘Thatcher-style economy’ | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
GEORGE Galloway has warned that Scotland could be dominated by the politics of “grudge and resentment” if the country votes for independence.
Peter A Bell's insight:

I sincerely hope that we can rely on George Galloway's promise that he will never again stand for election in Scotland. It's probably a wise decision on his part too as he's pretty much burned his boats with that part of the Scottish electorate which is not susceptible to his attempts to play the sectarian card.

This is unpleasant and unprincipled stuff from a man for whom I, like many, used to have a modicum of respect. In no small part that respect was afforded to someone who had the courage to raise his voice against the malign practices of imperialist powers in distant lands. Practices which include the very wanton divisiveness - setting community against community - that Galloway now seeks to bring to the politics of Scotland.

Reading Galloway's remarks about religious and ethnic minorities I was reminded of what Alan "Citizen" Smart said of his brother and spokesperson for British Labour in Scotland, Ian Smart, when he too sought to promote racial and sectarian animosity in the name of preserving the British state.

"He is not doing this out of ignorance or prejudice, but out of political calculation. The calculation that if he asserts it loudly and often enough Scotland's ethnic communities and others can be scared into voting No."

Make no mistake! Galloway's intent is malicious. He may no longer be a part of its establishment, but he still instinctively serves the structures of power and privilege which define the British state. His purpose is to sow seeds of mistrust and hatred and create in Scotland the kind of fractured society that has been the legacy of British imperialism elsewhere.

Ian Smart was judged worse than a racist by his brother because of his cynical efforts to drive a wedge between various sections of Scottish society regardless of the harm this might do. Galloway must be judged worse still because, if his claimed credentials as a champion of the Palestinians and others are to be taken seriously, he knows better than most the long term consequences of the divide and conquer strategy to which he has resorted on behalf of Project Fear.

Galloway should be hounded off every stage in Scotland where he has the audacity to appear. Not in the hope of suppressing his hateful message. But to show the world that his repulsive brand of politics has no place in our country.

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A Sair Fecht: The SNP and Racism

A Sair Fecht: The SNP and Racism | Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it

 Ask one hundred Scots what the best thing about Scotland is and while you're not likely to get one hundred different answers, it won't be a kick in the backside away from that. Home towns; mountains; coastline; wildlife; literature; the Enlightenment; family and friends; golf courses; whisky; her inventive past; her exciting future; and a multitude of other things.

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An excellent rebuttal of "racist" slurs aganist the SNP.

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