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Scottish election campaign cuts through 'uninspiring' main parties

by Patrick Ward
Issue No. 2249

Activists in Scotland continue to push for votes against the cuts ahead of next Thursday’s elections for the Scottish parliament.

Campaigners for George Galloway’s Coalition Against Cuts in Glasgow, and for socialist movement Solidarity elsewhere in Scotland, have received positive responses around the country.

Lynn Sheridan is first on the Solidarity list in Scotland’s Central Region.

She told Socialist Worker, “People know that the main contest will be between the Scottish National Party (SNP) and Labour.

“But lots of people have said that a socialist voice is what was missing in the last parliament.”

Both the SNP and Labour are committed to implementing the cuts imposed by the Tory coalition in Westminster.

“A lot of people are very angry,” said Lynn. “They want real socialist fighters in the next parliament to help shape the agenda.”

Angela McCormick is second on the Glasgow list for the Coalition Against Cuts. “We had 30 people out today in the sunshine on Byres Road giving out leaflets,” she told Socialist Worker on Monday.

“George has had crowds of people around him. It’s all been very positive.”


Campaigners have spent the week visiting mosques, workplaces, and being invited into people’s homes to talk about the election.

“Whoever gets in, people know there’s a fight ahead,” said Angela.

“There’s a lot of frustration. People know they’re under attack and that life is getting harder.

“Lots of people are saying we need someone in parliament to defend our jobs and services.”

George has exposed the uninspiring lack of choice between the establishment parties and the lack of serious political representation by offering passers-by £100 if they can name the current MSP for Glasgow. He had few takers.

The Tory cuts can be defeated through grassroots resistance in the workplaces and communities.

A strong socialist vote will ensure our movement can’t be ignored by whichever cutters form the government.

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Tue 26 Apr 2011, 17:53 BST
Issue No. 2249
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