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…

Workers protest East London Labour council budget cuts
21 October 2014
Already 800 local authority jobs have been lost in Barking and Dagenham under cuts implemented by Labour.
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.

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