Richie Venton: POVERTY KILLS – £10Now! a matter of life and death!

POVERTY KILLS – £10Now! a matter of life and death! That’s the clear conclusion to be drawn from yet another damning report on health inequalities in this rich nation. And since the prime roots of poverty and inequality are rampant low pay and cruel cuts to already miserly welfare benefits, this makes the struggle for a national minimum wage of £10 Now! – and an end to benefit cuts – matters of life and death. The authoritative Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) has issued a report proving that life expectancy is a lottery, dependent on what district and income …

ANOTHER ‘NOTHING TO SEE HERE’ SPENDING REVIEW’

SNP Finance Secretary John Swinney today unveiled the Scottish Governments spending plans for the coming year. It was a budget statement Scottish Socialist Party national co-spokesperson Colin Fox described as “more insipid managerialism, lacking ambition and any serious intention of addressing Scotland’s systemic inequalities, chronic affordable housing shortage and lack of decent jobs”. The former Lothian MSP added: “Whilst it goes without saying the powers available to Holyrood are insufficient to fully address the needs of working people the fact remains John Swinney has again shown he has no intention of using even the existing powers to these ends’. “The …

Richie Venton

Richie Vention Scottish Socialist Party: National Trade Union and Workplace Organiser   POVERTY PAY SCANDAL WORSENS   New figures on low pay reinforce the importance of the campaign by the SSP for an immediate £10-an-hour minimum wage. And the urgency of pounding union leaderships into taking action in pursuit of this policy, which was agreed unanimously at the 2014 TUC conference. A new publiciation by KPMG has revealed that 450,000 workers in Scotland – one in every five workers – earn below the so-called Living Wage, which was £7.85 at the time of their research, but has been uprated this …

What intersecting inequality means and why this model of feminism is over

There is no ‘we’. There is no homogenous feminist voice from which voices can be excluded, because feminism is about inequality that women live with. Real women. Complicated women. It doesn’t take a genius to understand what that means and why there can never be a homogenous ‘we’ that all views sit with, and why that cannot be policed by privileged young women at elite universities and in media organisations. First of all, if you have the power to contribute to media narratives, that is an extraordinary power. An extraordinary power in a world shaped by those narratives. You do …

Failed demolition a symbol for housing policy failure

by Jack Ferguson Last year, Glasgow City Council and their partners announced the bizarre plan of demolishing Glasgow’s Red Road flats during the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. It was meant as a celebration of the end of social housing, but was prevented by a storm of public protest. When the demolition finally did come, it was a spectacular botched job, which was a much better symbol of the failures of decades of Scottish housing policy. Since the Thatcher years, publicly owned housing has been systematically sold off, given away and deliberately run down. We have been encouraged to think …

What Now for an Independent Socialist Scotland?

The following is a persuasive essay I wrote for my Higher English Folio. I wrote it before Jeremy Corbyn, before the SNP landslide in May and in fact just after the referendum itself. At the time I was still discovering my socialism and where I sat on the socialist spectrum. I know quite a bit more now, mainly from internal education within the Scottish Socialist Party, and if I was to re-write it I am not sure it would be so generic when discussing socialism. All in all however, I think it is a good case for an Independent Socialist …