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Socialist Party Scotland, General Secretary

Socialist policies needed to end the housing crisis

By Robyn Smith, Aberdeen Socialist Party Scotland    Over the past few years Aberdeen has faced a housing crisis in both the council and private housing sectors. As a result, more people are struggling to maintain a roof over their ...

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Venezuela: Has socialism failed?

By Tony Saunois, Secretary of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI)  An international campaign by capitalist politicians and media has been unleashed against president Nicolás Maduro’s Venezuelan government. It has been used by Labour’s Blairista right wing to try ...

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March and strike to smash the pay cap

Jim McFarlane, Unison NEC member and local government worker (personal capacity) Since the start of the global financial crisis, workers’ real wages and living standards in the UK have suffered to an extent unprecedented in modern history. Real wages have ...

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Left v right in the battle for Scottish Labour leader

Statement from Socialist Party Scotland  Following Kezia Dugdale’s resignation as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Socialist Party Scotland welcomes the announcement by Richard Leonard that he is to stand in the leadership contest. Leonard is an MSP, a member of ...

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Scottish budget: SNP’s sorry capitulation to austerity continues

Philip Stott reports The Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2017/18, which was unveiled on Thursday, was yet another sorry chapter in the SNP’s capitulation to Tory austerity. Finance secretary Derek MacKay claimed that the budget would deliver “£240 million extra ...

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Israel/Palestine: The Marxist Left, the National Conflict and the Palestinian Struggle

The necessity of a class approach and a socialist alternative by Socialist Struggle Movement (CWI Israel-Palestine), Published April 2016 The Socialist Struggle Movement participates in the struggle to end the occupation and the national oppression of the Palestinians and for ...

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Independence referendum: “Project Fear” goes into overdrive

The growing conflict over Scottish independence has dramatically escalated following the coordinated intervention by the main pro-union parties who have ruled out an independent Scotland being allowed to form a currency union with the rest of the UK. This choreographed ...

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Bedroom Tax defeated in Scotland


By Philip Stott. Posted 5th February 2014. 

Today's vote in the Scottish parliament has confirmed that no tenant in Scotland will have to pay the Bedroom Tax from 1st April 2014. The Scottish government have at last, albeit almost a year after the introduction of the hated Tax, ensured the money will be available to cover every tenant's Bedroom Tax in Scotland. This is a huge victory for the campaign.

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