Why you should come to the RISE conference | Dundee SSP

OPINION Why you should come to the RISE conference The RISE Democracy Conference takes place on Saturday 5 December in the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. Connor Beaton explains why socialists and SSP members should go. On Saturday 5 December, members of the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) will join fellow trade unionists and community campaigners at the first democratic conference of RISE — Scotland’s Left Alliance. RISE is a new electoral alliance for the 2016 Holyrood elections which pulls together Scotland’s socialist party, with its 17-year track record of fighting for an independent socialist Scotland, and some of the most prominent left-wing figures from …

Business as usual for Gideon and chums

Posted on November 25, 2015by sandrassp I have to give Gideon Osbourne credit where it is due. He is a master of the alchemy of economics. We expected today that more austerity would be piled on top of us, instead out of the cauldron he announced that the tax credit cuts were cancelled. Good news, but the reality is it is just business as usual. The tax credits cuts may be cancelled but that was going to happen anyway as the behemoth of Universal Credit rolls in by 2020. Gideon says there will still be cuts of 12 billion in …

Marxians and Marxists on economics

I continue my campaign, along with a small band of like minds, arguing that the ups and downs of real economic growth are driven by changes in business investment.  And, in a capitalist economy, that investment is driven by the level and movement in the profitability of capital and in the mass of profits generated by the workforce and appropriated by the owners of that capital.  To me, this seems a simple and realistic analysis: profit rules.  But this thesis is dismissed, ignored and rejected by mainstream, post-Keynesian and other ‘Marxian’ economists, Mainstream economists reckon economic growth comes from a growing …

Councillors should resist cuts! Speech from Lewisham Momentum meeting

Speech from Lewisham Momentum meeting 9th November On 9 November, Lewisham for Corbyn Momentum (a local Corbyn supporters’ group in South London) organised a packed debate on Labour councils and cuts. The two speakers, councillor Luke Sorba and Sacha Ismail, were both Momentum supporters but argued different positions. This is Sacha’s speech. (Luke Sorba addressing the debate) After the Tories first came back to office in 2010, some Labour council leaderships talked about campaigning against the cuts in local government spending they imposed. Gradually that faded to almost nothing. More recently Labour councils have kept quiet, not even demanding that a …

Allan Grogan: All Just A Little Case of History Repeating

Sunday, 22 November 2015 Since I switched on the news last Friday night and saw the tragic events unfold in Paris, I have been trying to find a way to articulate my thoughts on the horror that made the extremism of ISIS all to real for us in the West, and the subsequent reactions all too worrisome for those who still remember the road to Baghdad. It is important before anything else is said, to reassert that the terror attacks which took place in Paris are abhorrent and beyond the rational thinking of any decent person who has any regard …

CHOOSE DEFIANCE – NOT DESTRUCTION!

Wednesday 18th November CHOOSE DEFIANCE – NOT DESTRUCTION! You couldn’t make it up! David Cameron, Tory MP for West Oxfordshire, recently wrote a letter to the Oxfordshire Tory council leader, berating his local authority for (to quote his epistle) “cuts to frontline services – from elderly day centres to libraries to museums. This is in addition to the unwelcome and counter-productive proposals to close children’s centres across the county”. The MP, claiming “shock and outrage”, goes on to demand why the council leader hasn’t looked at “back-office savings” – a euphemism for sacking council staff. Tory Tit-for-Tat The Tory council leader …

RISE Slams Tax Closure: Press Release

RISE Slams Tax Closure RISE activists have slammed the proposed closure of Cumbernauld Tax Office claiming that it will have a devastating impact on the town. RISE activist and ex-tax office worker, Kevin McVey commented, “A whole generation of people have passed through the Tax Office which has offered employment to thousands of people in this area. For it to close as part of the Tories plan to destroy our public services would be a devastating blow, and alongside North Lanarkshire Council’s threat to slash jobs, raises serious concerns about job prospects in Cumbernauld. At a time when big corporations and the rich dodge their tax to …

What I Discovered From Interviewing ISIS Fighters

No sooner am I settled in an interviewing room in the police station of Kirkuk, Iraq, than the first prisoner I am there to see is brought in, flanked by two policemen and in handcuffs. I awkwardly rise, unsure of the etiquette involved in interviewing an ISIS fighter who is facing the death penalty. He is small, much smaller than I, on first appearances just a boy in trouble with the police, his eyes fixed on the floor, his face a mask. We all sit on armchairs lined up against facing walls, in a room cloudy with cigarette smoke and …

Scottish Socialists Stand in Blantyre – SAVE OUR SERVICES

Sean Baillie is to stand as the Scottish Socialist Party’s candidate for the Blantyre council by-election on 10th December, the party has announced. Sean is an electrician who was born and brought up in the old mining town where rich working class pride still thrives to this day. On current politics and his reasons for standing, Sean said: “We are in the middle of an all-out assault on the working class driven by the Tories. Public services are being slaughtered and workers rights hammered while unemployed and low paid workers are being squeezed further. People on social security, migrant workers …