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Socialist Party Scotland, General Secretary

Mass march demands government action as the Battle for BiFab grows

Philip Stott reports  1,000 workers from the threatened Burntisland Fabrication – BiFab – their families and supporters from other trade unions marched to the Scottish parliament to publicise the “Battle For BiFab” and to demand Scottish government action. Angry, colourful ...

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Europe in crisis, revolutionary winds in Catalonia

We publish below a draft document on the situation in Europe which will be discussed, amended and voted on at a meeting of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) International Executive Committee. Socialist Party Scotland is affiliated to the CWI.  ...

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Tories lied on Universal Credit – Scrap It Now!

Jimmy Haddow, Lothian Socialist Party Scotland In November 2010 the Tory/Lib Dem coalition government published a White Paper setting out its plans for a Universal Credit (UC). The claim was UC would simplify the benefit system in Britain and strengthen financial ...

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Westminster sexual harassment scandal: symptom of a rotten system

Editorial from the Socialist - the paper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales  Eight years after Westminster was first engulfed by the expenses scandal a new outrage is threatening to swamp parliament. The Tory government, already clinging to power by ...

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Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

Hannah Sell, Socialist Party England and Wales deputy general secretary With monotonous predictability the centenary of the Russian revolution has led to an outpouring of bile – not aimed in the main at the ‘acceptable’ February revolution – but at ...

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Spanish government repression against Catalonia must be met with a general strike

Statement from Izquierda Revolucionaria (Revolutionary Left in the Spanish State) Release Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart! Down the PP government! For a Catalan socialist republic! After the brutal police repression unleashed on 1 October against the people of Catalonia, the ...

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Scottish Labour: on the road to recovery? A review of Socialism and Hope

The pro-business, pro-war policies of the last 20 years decimated Labour Party support in Scotland. Then it signed up to the establishment’s project fear in the independence referendum. By 2015 it had only one MP in Westminster. Now, with support ...

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Russian Revolution: BBC dramatises John Reed’s classic, ‘Ten Days that Shook the World’

BBC radio four is broadcasting, this week, a dramatised version of John Reed’s classic book about the Russian Revolution, ‘Ten Days That Shook The World’. The BBC blurb describes (somewhat patronisingly) the American socialist-journalist’s book as “John Reed’s vivid eye-witness ...

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