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Socialist Party Scotland, General Secretary

Hong Kong: Only mass struggle can defeat repression

Editorial from Socialist magazine (Journal of the CWI/Socialist Action) A week hardly passes without the Chinese dictatorship stepping up its pressure on Hong Kong.  Beijing is pushing for greater political control and to quell to the Hong Kong’s culture of ...

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What the Labour left must do to create a real anti-austerity party in Scotland

Philip Stott reports The left have won the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party for the first time with Richard Leonard’s victory over the Blairite candidate Anas Sarwar. Socialist Party Scotland welcomes this result, which can potentially open up the possibility ...

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BiFab: Workers’ decisive action secures a breakthrough

Philip Stott Workers at the three threatened Burntisland Fabrication – BiFab – yards have won a guarantee that their jobs and wages will be secured, at least until April 2018. Their decisive action over the last week, and those of ...

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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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Why has the Scottish Government refused to recognise an independent Catalonia?

By Matt Dobson There have been large protests in Scotland in solidarity with the movement in Catalonia, particularly among youth and workers involved in the YES campaign in 2014. Many are enraged by the repressive clampdown of the Spanish state ...

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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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