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30 year anniversary of election of Liverpool socialist council

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By Dave Walsh, Unite Convener for Liverpool City Council, from The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party. Posted 6th May 2013

Almost 500 people attended an exhibition and tumultuous public meeting at the Adelphi hotel in Liverpool on Saturday 27 April to mark the 30th anniversary of the socialist Labour council.That council confronted Thatcher’s Tory government and defied its cuts and austerity. The meeting marvellously recreated the mood and fighting spirit of the 1980s in Liverpool. Loud applause and enthusiasm greeted every platform speaker and contribution from the floor.

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Poll Tax: When a mass rebellion defeated Thatcher

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By Ronnie Stevenson, then secretary Mount Florida Anti-Poll Tax Union, Glasgow. Posted 15th April 2013

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.

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Thatcher’s Brutal Legacy in Scotland

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By Philip Stott. Posted 9th April 2013

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.

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Margaret Thatcher is dead – Now let’s bury her policies

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Posted 9th April 2013. Socialist Party Press Release

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.

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Timex: When workers fought the bosses to a standstill

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By Jim McFarlane. Posted 21st January 2013

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.

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A world in turmoil

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By Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary. Posted 9th Janaury 2012

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.

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The consequences of 9/11: a world turned upside down

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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.

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Quantum mechanics and dialectical materialism

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 ...

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The general strike

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 ...

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