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Demands for inquiry into police spying in Scotland

Harvey Duke reports (This article appears in the new issue of the Socialist - the paper of Socialist Party Scotland) This article was written just before further revelations were reported by the BBC and the Guardian on January 18 2016, that an ...

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Politicians have a choice: Implement Tory austerity or set no-cuts budgets

By Brian Smith and Jim McFarlane, Glasgow City Unison and Dundee City Unison branch secretaries (in a personal capacity) and Socialist Party Scotland   Over the next few weeks, Scottish local authorities will be drawing up budgets that threaten devastating ...

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Steel: public ownership needed as private buyers threaten pay and pensions

Matt Dobson, Socialist Party Scotland According to press reports, the SNP Scottish government will provide a £195,000 short term subsidy package in early 2016 to threatened Lanarkshire Tata steel plants in Motherwell and Clydebridge. This will pay short time working ...

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John Swinney wields the Tory axe against jobs and public services

Philip Stott reports John Swinney’s budget for 2016 /17 has exploded the myth of an “anti-austerity” SNP-led Scottish government prepared to take on and confront Tory spending cuts. The Scottish government budget for next year and announced today has underlined ...

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Save the steel plants: Step-up the campaign for nationalisation

Matt Dobson reports The consultation period for the threatened Tata steel plants at Motherwell (Dalzell), Cambuslang (Clydebridge) and Scunthorpe has come to an end. As yet there are only rumours in the media about the possibility of private buyers.  On 7th ...

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Perspectives for world capitalism and the class struggle

CWI International Secretariat The following is an edited version of a draft document on world perspectives, , that will be discussed at the January 2016 World Congress of the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI). The meeting will be attended by ...

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Capitalism is destroying the planet – Socialist change not climate change

Pete Dickenson, Socialist Party England and Wales As protests and demonstrations take place around the world this week-end, to tell the representatives at the Paris COP21 Summit to save the planet, we re-publish this article carried in the Socialist, paper of ...

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Marxist perspectives for Scotland: Mass struggle and socialism will challenge capitalist austerity

This statement was written by the Executive Committee of Socialist Party Scotland for the party conference which took place in late November 2015.  Following discussion, amendment and voting, the document was agreed by the conference. The statement was written before ...

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