SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP: PITFALLS AND TRAPS FOR WORKERS

As the Tories take a claw hammer to workers’ rights, and swing their wrecking ball at jobs, wages, tax credits and public services, it’s no wonder workers search for a political alternative. The cream of the Scottish working class has joined the SSP, the socialist contingent of the 630,000-strong trade union movement. They are rightly attracted by the SSP’s track record of solidarity with workers in struggle; unflinching fight for an immediate £10 minimum wage for all at 16; our advocacy of democratic public ownership, and our tireless campaigning for a charter of workers’ rights, as a core human right. …

James Connolly: Irish Flag (1916)

The Council of the Irish Citizen Army has resolved, after grave and earnest deliberation, to hoist the green flag of Ireland over Liberty Hall, as over a fortress held for Ireland by the arms of Irishmen. This is a momentous decision in the most serious crisis Ireland has witnessed in our day and generation. It will, we are sure, send a thrill through the hearts of every true Irish man and woman, and send the red blood coursing fiercely along the veins of every lover of the race. It means that in the midst of and despite the treasons and …

Walking the black dog and avoiding spanking the procrastination monkey

Note 1: Health warning: here be swearing. If you’ve never been out of your leafy grove then maybe this one isn’t for you. Note 2: I started writing this back in April when I really wasn’t feeling well, there is bugger all up with me now, so it’s safe to read and dismiss with an incredulous chortle. Note 3: Note 2 was written the first time I published this in June 2015. It’s nearly October now and I am still as mad and bad as I’ve ever been, I think. I’m republishing this because it seems to be still how I …

A voice from history : James Connolly

James Connolly: To the Irish People (Issued 1896) (Republished 1908) Fellow Countrymen:– We are to-day face to face with a new crisis in Irish political history. The reactionary Tory Party – sworn supporters of every kind of royal, aristocratic, and capitalistic privilege – once more dominates the English Parliament; the Liberal Party, long and blindly trusted by so many of our fellow countrymen, has proven itself to be to-day as treacherous and corrupt as it has ever been in the past, when it succeeded in obtruding its slimy influence across the field of Irish politics; the Home Rule Party, split up …

A Man Is Trying To Sell His Car.

From crawl to crash?

The final figures for US real GDP in the second quarter of this year (April to June) were released at the end of last week.  They showed that the US economy was growing at an annual rate of nearly 4% (3.9%) in the summer after yet another poor first (winter) quarter of just 0.6% growth.  So, compared to summer 2014, the US economy has expanded by 2.7%.  Indeed, the US economy has been growing at that sort of rate for the last four quarters. However, before the cry comes that, finally, American capitalism is back on a sustained trend in …

Varoufakis

Austerity is being used as a cover-story for class war against the poor

Austerity and deficit reduction are being used as a cover-story for conducting class war against the poor, an economics professor who served as Greece’s finance minister has said. Yanis Varoufakis noted simultaneous reductions in taxes on the wealthy and cuts to spending on social security amounted to a redistribution of wealth away from the poor to the rich. “The problem is that austerity is being used as a narrative to conduct class war” Mr Varoufakis told the BBC’s Question Time programme. “To be talking about reducing the state further when effectively what you are doing is reducing taxes like inheritance …

Street stall – September 26th

Our branch had a very busy and successful street stall today We pitched up next to some lovely Jehovah’s Witness people just outside the main doors of the Big Co-Op at the bottom of Clyde Shopping Centre. Benn Rapson, Liam Jamieson, Rikki Reid and Stevie Anderson raised their voices in support of a £10 minimum wage for all ages. Bankies were four square behind our petition to support TUC policy to raise the minimum wage to a basic level above the poverty line so that work pays and workers are less likely to be dependent on benefits that are being …

How to win the referendum

“The biggest obstacle to Scotland becoming independent may yet turn out to be the passionate intensity of those most committed to independence. The very certainty of their conviction that Scotland must become independent makes it difficult or even impossible for the ’true Scots’ to engage with the uncertain and the unsure, let alone former No voters. The strongly nationalist language of the committed also alienates people for whom independence is not an end in itself, but a stepping stone to a greener and/or more socialist Scotland.”   By Alastair Livingstone, writing for BellaCaledonia Sooner or later there will be a …

Intersectionality

Why the ‘intersectionality debate’ is funny | The Idge of Reason

By Lisa Muggeridge A few years ago, ‘radical’ and ‘feminist’ media cultures attempted to transition to the internet. Anyway, this predominantly white, male led, upper class culture, attempted to demand that the people they encountered change their reality to fit in with the things they had decided were their identity. Demanded that anyone they encountered in their new internet paddling pool, change their reality to suit identities developed in cloistered universities and media organisations. Understandably some people were quite upset. Or amused at the request. And refused. For women of colour, working class women, and the rest of us with complex identities …