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‘Yes’ will mean gains for Scotland

by Daphne Liddle

IT IS PLAIN that the leaders of western imperialism are panicking at the prospect of Scotland voting in favour of full independence next Thursday and that in itself should encourage the Yes vote.

The YES campaign enjoyed a small surge in opinion polls last week as hitherto “don’t-knows” began to make up their minds, mostly in favour of a Yes vote.

This sparked a decision by the leaders of all three of the major parties at Westminster to go to Scotland for a final boost to the No campaign they have all backed. But it looks too much like desperation and is likely to prove counter-productive.

It is arguable that the best asset the No campaign has is Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party. He and the party he leads are basically pro-business Tories who would do little to halt privatisation and the general swing to the right that has dogged Westminster since Thatcher came to power in 1979.

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Anti-fascist rebels hold fast

by our European Affairs correspondent

The truce between the Ukrainian puppet regime and the anti-fascist rebels in the east appears to be holding despite a weekend of sporadic clashes around Donetsk airport and on the outskirts of Mariupol.

Representatives of the Kiev regime and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics reached a range of agreements including a ceasefire at talks in the Belarusian capital of Minsk last week following earlier talks between the Russian and Ukrainian leaders.

The Minsk protocol was signed on 5th September as a result of a meeting of the trilateral contact group on joint steps aimed at the implementation of the peace plan drawn up by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. It calls for a stand-still ceasefire, an “all-for-all” exchange of prisoners-of-war, a general amnesty for all combatants and “special status” for the rebel republics that have formed the Novorossiya Union and the “decentralisation of power” in Ukraine.

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Imperialism on the defensive

THE IMPERIALISTS have suffered a number of setbacks in recent weeks. The Israelis have, once again, failed to crush the Palestinian resistance and the Kiev puppet regime has been forced to accept a truce it didn’t want after suffering a series of defeats at the hands of the anti-fascist militias in eastern Ukraine.

Anglo-American and Franco-German imperialism expected a short, sharp victory when they gave the go-ahead to Israel to unleash the Zionist war-machine against the Palestinian Hamas government in the Gaza Strip. They shed crocodile tears when millions took to the streets across the world in rage at the Israelis who were killing and maiming thousands of Palestinian civilians in terror air and missile attacks on Gaza.

They did nothing to end the bloodshed until it became perfectly clear that the resistance could not be broken and that Israel, which did not escape unscathed, could no longer sustain a protracted campaign.

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In Memoriam Eric Trevett 1931-2014

In Memoriam Eric Trevett 1931-2014

ERIC TREVETT, the President of the New Communist Party of Britain, passed away on Saturday 6th September. A life-long communist, internationalist and peace campaigner, Eric worked with Sid French on the Surrey District of the Communist Party of Great Britain for many years fighting for peace and struggling against revisionism within the old communist party.

They opposed the revisionist line of the CPGB as expressed in its programme, The British Road to Socialism. They had fought within the party for many years against this departure from Marxist-Leninist ideology through the CPGB’s internal democratic centralist structure. But in 1977, when the revisionist leaders moved to violate their own rules and basic communist norms and expel Sid and Eric to push through a more blatantly revisionist programme, the formation of a new party became inevitable.

[ In Memoriam Eric Trevett 1931-2014 ]