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Scotland’s NHS facing cuts – End privatisation and nationalise the drug companies

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By Luke Ivory  A new report from Audit Scotland on the finances of NHS Scotland has outlined the significant pressures being placed on the health budget. Politicians from the Westminster and Holyrood governments always like to boast about the increased spending they ...

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Hundreds protest at funding cuts to Glasgow mental health charity

By Matt Dobson  200 workers, service users and supportive trade unionists protested against a 40% funding cut to the Glasgow Association for Mental Health (GAMH) charity by the Labour council on 12th November. The protest called by Unison Scotland, the NHS ...

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Successful Scottish TUSC conference votes to stand anti-cuts candidates in 2015

The Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) conference has voted unanimously to stand candidates in the 2015 Westminster elections on an uncompromising anti-cuts platform. More than 70 trade unionists, socialists and anti-cuts campaigners met in Glasgow on Saturday to ...

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Scottish Labour in crisis – Build a working class anti-cuts alternative

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Philip Stott  The Labour Party in Scotland has been thrown into a deep crisis following the resignation of its Scottish leader, Johann Lamont. It was not so much her resignation but “the manner of her leaving” that rocked an already ...

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SNP budget means another £500 million in Tory cuts for Scotland

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Philip Stott  The Scottish Government’s budget for 2015/16 was unveiled yesterday by SNP Finance Secretary John Swinney. For millions of working-class people in Scotland there will be no respite from continuing Tory austerity and cuts to public services. The SNP’s ...

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Profit before people: SNP fail to act over public ownership of the railways

Luke Ivory  A taste of the pro business nature of the SNP-led Scottish Government was given to railway workers and service users with the news that Dutch state-owned Abellio are to be awarded the Scotrail franchise, rather than our trains being brought ...

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Iraq /Syria US-led bombings will worsen divisions

Judy Beishon, from the Socialist (weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party England & Wales) The brutal bombing onslaught led by US imperialism on ‘Islamic State’ held parts of Iraq and Syria is pouring more fuel on the fires of civil ...

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Why socialists cannot call for a vote for the SNP in 2015 – Build a mass working class party instead

By Philip Stott The days following the independence referendum have witnessed a stunning transformation in the political landscape in Scotland. The losers have become the winners, the winners are now the losers. Thousands have and are joining the parties that ...

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Launch a new mass working class party now

Socialist Party Scotland  If the “strategists” of British capitalism believed that the narrow No vote in the independence referendum would allow politics to return to “normal”, this illusion has been shattered by the events of the last 48 hours. A ...

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