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North Lanarkshire Council pass cuts budget


By John Milligan and Ray Gunnion. Posted 20th January 2011

North Lanarkshire Labour Council have failed in their prime responsibility to protect the communities they purport to represent by deciding to implement what have been described as “brutal and savage cuts” in public services.

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Tribute to John Macreadie: trade unionist and socialist fighter


7th January 2011

The Socialist Party Scotland was saddened to learn of the death on 22 December of lifelong Militant/Socialist Party member, John Macreadie.

John died of a brain tumour which he had been fighting for two years. John will be remembered as a committed socialist and advocate of socialist ideas, a courageous class fighter and a militant leader in his work for the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) and the wider trade union and labour movement.

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Hundreds of jobs lost in computer games industry


Dundee, long acclaimed as the centre of the computer games industry in Scotland, has suffered a series of body blows over the last couple of weeks. More than 150 jobs were lost when leading games company Realtime Worlds, responsible for games like APB and the developing My World, went into administration. Other local companies including Denki and Cohort have also seen dozens of jobs axed recently.

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Lockerbie: cynical actions of capitalist governments exposed


Almost one year on and a new wave of controversy has erupted over the decision by the SNP government in Scotland to release the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, who worked for Libyan intelligence at the time of the attack on Pan Am 103, was released on compassionate grounds from Greenock prison as he was suffering from terminal cancer. The approach of the first anniversary of his release has seen renewed condemnation by Tory prime minister, David Cameron and Barak Obama. US senators, partly enraged by BP's role over the Gulf spill catastrophe have called for an inquiry into the role of the oil giant, who are widely believed to have lobbied for Megrahi's release in order to secure lucrative contracts with Libya. We reprint here an article written by Philip Stott following the release of Megrahi in August 2009. 

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Class struggles on the rise across Europe


CWI summer school reports

The Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) held its annual Summer School, in Belgium during the second week of July. Over 400 people were in attendance including from across Europe, Russia, Central Asia, India, the US and Quebec and the Middle East. This article is a summary of the discussion that took place at the school on The World Capitalist Crisis and Class Struggle in Europe.

By Kevin Parslow

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Building new workers’ parties and the tasks of socialists


European CWI Summer School Report

by Paul Murphy, Socialist Party (CWI Ireland)

On Tuesday 13 July, attention at the European Summer School, held by the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) last week in Belgium, with over 400 attending, turned to the question of building new mass-based workers’ parties. The call for the building of new mass workers’ parties has been a vital part of our political programme for almost 20 years in many CWI sections. The summer School was an ideal arena to share the varied experiences of our sections so far, discuss the perspectives for the development of new parties and draw the key lessons to assist our dual tasks of building revolutionary Marxist forces and assisting the development of new mass parties.

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Socialist Party Councillor speaks to striking miners


5,000 sacked miners on strike in South Africa

by Steve Jolly, Socialist Party (CWI in Australia)

On Saturday June 26 I travelled with comrades from South Africa’s Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) to a mass meeting they had called in Rustenburg, about two hours north west of Johannesburg. The DSM is the Socialist Party’s sister party in South Africa.

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Heading for a coalition government?


Peter Taaffe, general secretary of the Socialist Party, discusses the options facing the capitalists and their parties following the 6 May general election.

The general election - which could lead to a form of coalition government after 6 May - is in terms of ideas and policy probably amongst the worst in history, certainly since the winning of universal suffrage, the right to vote. If democracy means that the people have a 'choice', then there is no real democracy in Britain. It is as if we live in a one-party regime divided into three wings: New Labour, the Tory party and the Liberal Democrats.

Three brands of the same cheap soap powder would offer more excitement than this election! 'Change' is in the air - especially from Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats - and yet, as the French say, 'everything changes so everything remains the same'.

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Put the News of the World on trial


Bring the media monsters into public ownership

Rupert Murdoch’s News International has been lacerated by a report from a House of Commons select committee into the News of the World's phone hacking activities. Chris Huhne, the Lib Dem home affairs spokesperson, in no sense an anti-establishment figure, has demanded a judicial inquiry. Ben Bradshaw, New Labour’s media secretary said the report raised “extremely serious questions” for the Murdoch empire. Even Gordon Brown’s official spokesperson described the revelations in the report as “absolutely breathtaking and an extreme cause for concern.”

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“Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil”


Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary, reviews Michael Moore's 'Capitalism: A Love Story

Karl Marx likened capitalism to a vampire which lives and expands by sucking "living labour" from the worker by extracting "surplus value", "unpaid labour".

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