By Rory Anderson
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Labour for IndyRef2?

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Issue 449

The independence movement has found an unlikely ally in the breakup of the British state — Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard was supposed to bring a renewed left wing surge north of the border with his support for Corbyn. This has not been the case. Labour continues to lag behind the SNP, partly because of its failure to support independence.

A small but significant 4 percent swing in favour of independence since Boris Johnson took over as prime minister shows a growing trend in Scotland to oppose the new leader’s strong Brexit position.

Breaking up Britain would be a positive step, but cleaving to the EU is hardly an alternative for working class Scots. The recently elected European Central Bank president, Christine Lagarde, oversaw the brutal austerity measures imposed on EU member states by the IMF.

The Growth Commission, the SNP’s economic plan, falls in behind the EU and furthers reliance on North Sea oil at a time when environmental disaster is on the horizon.

An SNP-led independent state will not be the radical shift away from austerity that the Scottish working class needs.

Corbyn and McDonnell’s stance on allowing Holyrood to decide its own direction is an olive branch to supporters of independence. However, once again Scottish Labour has wedded itself to the British state, confirming it would campaign against independence.

Huge independence marches in recent weeks have reflected the growing anti-Tory mood in Scotland, as well as the frustration with the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon for failing to make progress on securing a second Scottish referendum.

Ironically, Corbyn now appears to be the best option for finally breaking apart the British state.

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