She was dubbed the Iron Lady, a description she wore with pride as she ruthlessly tried to solve the difficulties British capitalism found itself in by launching brutal attack after attack on the working class. However she was not invincible as Liverpool City Council and the All-Britain Anti-Poll Tax Federation demonstrated. Some common themes unite these two struggles – a clear set of demands, a clear strategy to achieve them and the involvement of the mass of working class people in active defiance. The role of Militant, the forerunner of the Socialist Party, was crucial in these important victories over Thatcher.Read More »
Judy Beishon, Socialist Party executive committee Massive demonstrations involving nearly a million ...
From the new book "From Militant to the Socialist Party" by Peter Taaffe 2 May, as well as being in ...
Peter Taaffe, from the February 2017 issue of Socialism Today (monthly magazine of the Socialist Par...
Editorial from Socialism Today, Dec/Jan 2017 edition (the magazine of the Socialist Party England an...
Today, 7th November, (in the new style calendar) is the 99th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolut...
Cheers erupted from the pubs in the former mining towns and villages in Scotland when the news broke. Decades of economic decline, mass unemployment, poverty and deprivation would allow at least that when the news reported that Margaret Thatcher was dead. The legacy of brutal Thatcherism; shattered communities, generations thrown onto the scrapheap, meant there was no chance that her death would, or should, be received in any other way.Read More »
It is a human response to be sad when somebody dies. But many working class people will be celebrating her death because of the absolutely destructive and long lasting effect she had on the lives of millions of working class and poor people. She is seen by many as a kind of modern day Genghis Khan. Elected into office in 1979 she unleashed a ferocious assault on the living standards and democratic rights of working class people.Read More »
The 29th January 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the historic 1993 struggle of Timex workers in Dundee. The almost 8 month long dispute was the most significant industrial struggle in the history of the city, involving mass picketing and demonstrations, solidarity walkout’s and strike action as well as clashes with the police who acted as a private security force for the Timex corporation. The struggle of these courageous workers has important lessons for today at a time of savage attacks on workers' rights and living standards. And at a time when mass trade union struggle is back on the agenda.Read More »
In this special new year feature, Peter Taaffe looks back at 2011, a year of crisis, struggle and revolution. This article is based on a statement prepared for the Committee for a Workers' International, the world socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party Scotland is affiliated.Read More »
By Peter Taaffe. Posted 7th September 2011
It is ten years since the twin towers came crashing down in New York. In the aftermath of that terrorist attack, US imperialism unleashed mass slaughter in Afghanistan and Iraq, leading some to believe that an era of total domination by the world's only superpower had arrived. But today's global economic crisis and US impotence in the face of revolution in North Africa and the Middle East has exposed the falsity of that view.Read More »
This week is the 75th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War, on 18 July 18. We mark this hugely important event in world history with an article first published on socialistworld.net in 2009. Hannah Sell, Socialist Party ...Read More »
Marxism, materialism and particle physics Pete Mason, Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales) The following article is based on a talk given by Pete Mason during the 2010 CWI Summer School, held in Belgium, last July. In a personal contribution, Pete ...Read More »
Important tool of the working class Hannah Sell, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) deputy general secretary All across Europe workers and young people face the austerity axe. And all across Europe there is a fight to defend jobs ...Read More »
Not a yard will close - Not a man down the road
Glasgow in 1971 was an exciting place to be. Thousands of workers had occupied several shipyards on the Clyde to force the Tory Government of Edward Heath to change their decision to close the shipyards. At the forefront of that struggle were several shop stewards leaders and the most prominent of those was Jimmy Reid who died on 20th August 2010 aged 78.
Ronnie Stevenson - GlasgowRead More »