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Time's up for New Labour in Scotland

Scrap Trident replacement | Make war on poverty | We need Solidarity

Issue No. 2049

Solidarity supporters at a rally last week (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Solidarity supporters at a rally last week (Pic: Duncan Brown)

Tony Blair pleaded with Scottish voters not to give New Labour a 'kicking' in this Thursday's elections. But that hasn't stopped them expressing their revulsion at New Labour's record.

People are angry about the illegal war and occupation of Iraq and the decision by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown to squander billions on replacing the Trident nuclear weapons system.

The fact that seven years after the creation of the Scottish parliament more than one in four children lives in poverty shames Labour.

Blair is set to head off into a comfortable retirement, free from the worries haunting thousands of pensioners. We must ensure that his legacy of free market capitalism and craven loyalty to the US does not survive past his time in office.

Support for the Scottish National Party (SNP) flows from its leader Alex Salmond's opposition to the war and the party's commitment to close down the Faslane nuclear base.

Voters' shift to the SNP has little to do with any desire for independence. While many would reject Gordon Brown's idea of 'Britishness', less than a third surveyed in a recent poll supported the policy of an independent Scotland.

The SNP shows a very different face to its wealthy business supporters, such as Brian Souter of Stagecoach and Sir George Mathewson, the former head of Royal Bank of Scotland.

It offers them lower taxes, freedom to confront the trade unions and neoliberal policies.

Solidarity stood on our fighting record. We have been consistent in our steadfast opposition to free market policies and war. This record deserves the support of all those fighting for socialism, equality and peace.

In the coming weeks and months we will fight to create a Scotland free from poverty, low pay, Trident, dawn raids on asylum seekers and failed colonial wars.

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