Socialist Worker

Two different visions of Scotland go head-to-head in referendum vote

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2421

Tommy Sheridan addressing people who couldn’t get into his meeting in Motherwe

Tommy Sheridan addressing people who couldn’t get into his meeting in Motherwe (Pic: Josh Brown)


In a speech to a Tory audience in Aberdeen prime minister David Cameron said the Yes campaign’s vision of a different Scotland “was too good to be true”. 

He begged people to stay with the union. 

Socialist campaigner Tommy Sheridan heard what Cameron had said. He told Socialist Worker, “It was millionaire manure, Bullingdon bull. 

“Fairness from the government of the bedroom tax for the poor and tax cuts for the rich? They are a disgrace and he will be sacked by the Scots on Thursday when they vote Yes for change.” 

At the same time Cameron was speaking  Sheridan was onstage at the latest stop on his Hope Over Fear tour. 

More than 500 turned up in Motherwell to hear him say we need to give the Tories a kicking. Sheridan had to address more than 100 people who couldn’t get in to the packed 

Fir Park social club at an overflow outdoor rally from the roof of a car. 

Change

Cameron insisted that “a No vote means real change” for Scotland and came alongside a joint pledge from the main Westminster party leaders for more devolution.

The problem they have is the overwhelming feeling among Scots is that it is too little, too late, from politicians in suits that nobody trusts.

Working class people are not buying the unionists’ arguments and want to hear a vision of how society can change in their interests.

The softer approach by the Westminster party leaders in the final days before the referendum came after a week when Britain’s rulers were on the offensive.

According to the Financial Times, “The prime minister—together with Alistair Darling, George Osborne and Danny Alexander—has been telephoning senior business figures across a number of sectors in recent days in a ‘man marking’ exercise orchestrated by Downing Street.

“He also issued a ‘call to arms’ to save the union at a Downing Street reception and dinner on Monday attended by business figures.”

As a result businesses issued a string of announcements about job losses and price increases if Scots dare to vote Yes.

BP, John Lewis, B&Q owner Kingfisher, Asda, Next, Lloyds TSB, RBS, Standard Life and the Weir Group all set out to cause panic and warned of job losses and combined clothing and food price rises.

The BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson even lied that Alex Salmond refused to answer questions he put to him at an international press conference. 

The ex-national chair of the Young Conservatives was caught out as a seven-minute video of Salmond’s response to him went viral online.

The nasty reaction and bigotry that supporters of the union are defending was on show in all of its disgusting glory in Edinburgh last Saturday.

Around 15,000 Protestant supremacists from the anti-Catholic Orange Order and their supporters produced the biggest show of support yet for the union in the referendum campaign.

Despite all that the ruling class mustered their campaign angered some No voters and strengthened the determination of the Yes campaign.

Even the “lovebombing” from thousands Union Jack-clad unionist toffs gathering in London’s Trafalgar Square this week created more ire than sympathy.


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