Yes victory will empower progressive left politicsMonday 25 March 2013 Printable Email
What a confused contribution to the independence debate from Stephen Smith (M Star March 13).
The only question really is whether his approach is based on arrogance or ignorance.
Like several other pro-British contributors to the debate, Stephen lectures those on the pro-independence left about internationalism.
We would confine him to a "electoral prison" if we exercise our right to self-determination.
No consideration that the price for Scotland is to tie itself to a rightward-moving Britain despite decades of support for progressive politics including throughout the Thatcher years.
A direct consequence is the already existing Scots parliament which, for example, has rejected the market forces model of the NHS being implemented in England and scrapped prescription charges.
Perhaps Stephen would like us to give that up in the name of internationalism along with the abolition of tuition fees and free personal care for the elderly?
The Scottish working class has a proud record of international solidarity from South Africa and Chile through to Palestine and we managed it without the help of the British state and indeed, despite it.
It is verging on the insulting to suggest that voting for independence would turn Scottish workers into strike-breakers or tartan nationalists.
The core of the matter is that the pro-independence left will fight on territory much more favourable to a green/socialist agenda than any conceivable British equivalent if a Yes vote is won.
Such a move would offer the energising prospect of a living alternative to socialists elsewhere in England and beyond.
Scottish independence will, as recognised by Scottish CND, send Trident out of Scotland - an aim not achieved by any British government in 60 years. That alone is a powerful reason for socialists to support Scottish independence.