Colin Fox: closing speech to the RISE Conference

Comrades, RISE is the most important left unity project Scotland has seen in a generation. Last weekend we reached another milestone in RISE’s development when we conducted simultaneous interventions into the Climate Change march in Edinburgh & the STUC Anti-Racism celebrations in Glasgow. Whilst the weather was foul the fact RISE was actively involved in both mass movements augurs well for the future and will not have been lost on our ‘dreich’ political opponents. This is the shape of things to come for Scotland’s Left Alliance. The progress we have made should be a source of encouragement to us all. The …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Too much profit, not too little? | Michael Roberts Blog

Too much profit, not too little? Most years I attend the London conference of the Historical Materialism journal.  This brings together academics and others to present papers and discuss issues from a generally Marxist viewpoint.  This year I presented a paper on whether rising inequality causes crises under capitalism (Does inequality causes crises).  My session was well attended and the audience included many of the small band of Marxist economist s around at the moment. The gist of what I said was this.  Rising inequality of income and wealth in the major economies has become a popular thesis among both mainstream …

​Water privatised, ferries tendered, fracking test drills roll as SNP govern | Scottish Socialist Voice

by Ken Ferguson The long Teflon-coated SNP administration in Holyrood is facing growing turbulence as it struggles to square its public image as a left wing anti-austerity government with the reality of a growing list of pro-business policy calls. Leading the field is the deeply unpopular issue of fracking where opposition—as witnessed by the recent Forth Bridge protest—is mushrooming. There can be no doubt that it was this opposition that forced the Holyrood government to extend its moratorium on fracking supposedly to await more research. Of course in reality, despite the jubilation in some quarters, this is a very limited victory …