I don’t want Independence, I want a Better Scotland

I cried tears of joy when Tony Blair entered Downing Street and a new dawn was both real and politically imagined. 18 years of Thatcherism were gone as the sun rose, the crowds cheered and the emotions ran sky-high. Many of us had hopes that things would be better, and then there was the reality of Blair and his “ism”. A million and more dead in Iraq, a banking crisis to top the Wall Street crash and the whole of the middle east in deliberate flames. These days I weep tears of anger and frustration at much of what became …

Shoosh 4 Indy Redux

I wrote this piece in February 2015, before the general election and it is focused on that upcoming contest. However, I think the themes are relevant now. So here’s an edited version, just removing some of my crap, nothing substantive. ————————————— February 2015 I am such a let down Apparently I am not seeing sense and I’m weakening our best chance for independence by engaging in petty political grievances. Furthermore I have been letting the “Red Tories” live instead of helping to end them in Scotland. I am being hopelessly naïve. I clearly don’t understand what’s at stake. I am being sectarian. …

You’re doing my head in: madness and me today

by Stevie Anderson Branch Chair Clydebank SSP You’re all bugging me, including me. I’m bugging me too. That’s a full stop there, not an exclamation. I’m not exclaiming anything. I’m saying it. Listen, don’t listen, it’s up to you. Much too much I can’t keep up, I can’t keep all this in my head, I can’t work it out, sort it, make it better, make it less painful, get it to make sense. I can’t do this. Stop. I’m not suicidal. Nor am I unwell, low, mad, not coping well or any of the other easy ways we find to …

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. …