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SNP nationalism no answer to Brexit nationalism

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Dale Street

On 13 March, a school in the constituency of SNP Education Secretary John Swinney sent a letter to pupils’ parents asking them to help teach maths in the school, due to a shortage of maths teachers. Later in that week a new report revealed that child poverty, income inequality and the number of people living in relative poverty in Scotland were all increasing.

SNP nationalism is no answer to Brexit nationalism.

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Scottish Socialists move towards split?

by Stan Crooke

Tommy Sheridan’s libel action against the News of the World was really two trials for the price of one.

One trial was the libel action itself, triggered by Sheridan’s decision to sue the News of the World for £200,000 over articles which the paper had published in 2004 concerning his private life. According to the articles, Sheridan had cheated on his wife, attended a swingers’ club, and engaged in group sex.

The other trial involved the future of the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP).

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A fight for the heart of the SSP

By an SSP United Left supporter

Whilst Tommy Sheridan's victory in court undoubtedly strengthened his supporters’ position within the Scottish Socialist Party, the core issues of the fight remain the same.

Sheridan’s victory, 7 jurors to 4, is surprising, since the evidence was mounting up against him as the trial progressed, we can only assume that the jury fell for Tommy’s conspiracy theories.

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Scotland: Vote "Yes" and prepare to fight

Within limits, the creation of a Scottish parliament would constitute a partial democratisation of British society and structures of government.
It would be elected on the basis of proportional representation rather than the first-past-the-post system. It would transfer control of the Scottish Office’s £14 billion budget from civil servants to an elected body. And it is the form of self-government desired by a majority of people in Scotland.

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Sectarian towards Scots radicalism

It is a very long time since I have read anything so coloured by the mentality of the “intellectual” thug, by utter moral bankruptcy and by unimaginably anti-intellectual sectarianism as Stan Crooke’s review (WL43) of my book The Very Bastards of Creation. From my own viewpoint, the only positive aspect of Crooke’s review is that it will guarantee that more copies will be purchased by public libraries in England. Keep it going, Stan.

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A bankrupt project?

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Stan Crooke

It serves “Paddy the Old Believer” [Patrick Avakuum, Socialism or Nationalism?, WL40] right that he should get a diatribe from James D Young [WL42] in return for writing a ridiculously “soft” review of Young’s “The Very Bastards of Creation.”

If Young’s book serves any purpose at all, it is to demonstrate the bankruptcy of attempts to merge the ideologies of socialism and nationalism, a particularly popular project amongst sections of the Scottish left at the moment. The gobbledygook of Young’s book merely brings out into the open the absurdity of the project.

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Scottish Socialists back Iraqi labour movement

by Angela Paton, Kilmarnock SSP conference delegate

To judge by the Scottish Socialist Party’s annual conference, which took place in Perth on 12–13 February, the party, despite problems, continues to represent a level of organisation and a commitment to working-class politics that place it in a completely different category from Respect.

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Ban the Brands campaign

"We don't want your sweatshop goods"

Jotters sponsored by Pepsi, Coke machines stocking exclusively Coca Cola, Adidas-sponsored 'training days'. These are just some of the branded products that are finding their way into our schools in order to bombard school students with advertising from multinationals. But these companies, who are often involved in sweatshop labour and human rights abuses, are hardly 'role models' for young people.

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Nursery nurses - Back to local negotiations

Nursery Nurses across Scotland have been on all-out strike from 1 March 2004.

The basic pay for this vitally important job runs from around £10,000 for a newly qualified nursery nurse up to £13,800 after 10 years' experience. In a dispute that has been running for three years UNISON have made a claim for nursery nurses to take their pay up to £14,000-£18,000 with merit for nursery nurses working longer hours and weeks. They also want a career structure for promoted staff.

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Support for No Sweat grows

Support for No Sweat continues to grow around the country...

Lecturers

The university lecturers' union, the AUT, passed policy on sweatshops and in support of the No Sweat campaign at its recent conference.

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