Scotland’s No vote and the crisis of the British nation state

Independence for Scotland was defeated in Thursday’s referendum by 55.3 percent to 44.7 percent on an 84.6 percent turnout.

There was an initial sense of relief in ruling circles, given that at one point, according to opinion polls, the Yes campaign looked set to secure a majority—threatening the imminent dissolution of the 307-year union between Scotland, England and Wales. Read more…

Tens of thousands march in London against low wages
20 October 2014
At Saturday’s rally, the trade union leaders spoke as if they have had nothing to do with the onslaught on living standards and declining wages.
University study exposes growing hunger in South London borough of Lambeth
18 October 2014
A study on food insecurity in Lambeth, South London revealed that more than 75 percent of parents had reduced the size of their meals or skipped meals.
Britain: NHS at “breaking point,” say top health professionals
13 October 2014
An open letter from the heads of a number of health professional bodies speaks of “signs of a system buckling under the twin crises of rising demand and flat lining budgets.”
Right-wing UK Independence Party benefits from disaffection in British by-elections
11 October 2014
UKIP makes its core appeal on opposition to the European Union, while peddling anti-immigrant chauvinism.
UK unions begin to demobilise their own pathetic protest strike
10 October 2014
Strikes were called to give undeserved credibility to the Trades Union Congress’s (TUC) October 18 “Britain Needs a Pay Rise” march and rally in London.

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