Scotland

Lamont pushes Scottish Labour rightwards

Author: 
Dale Street

Poor old Mrs McDonald starved to death in a cash-strapped NHS hospital last week because your dad has a free bus pass and your daughter gets a free university education. That was Scottish Labour Party leader Johann Lamont’s message to Scottish voters in a heavily trailed policy speech last week.

The ISG and the "Marxist tradition"

Author: 
Dale Street

“We believe that the Marxist tradition is essential for anyone who believes we need radical social change and will attempt to develop Marxist theory. We aim to produce a regular theoretical magazine to provide space for the development of Marxist theory. ... For the Marxist tradition!”

This was the ringing declaration issued by the 39 Scotland-based members of the Socialist Workers Party in April of last year when – for reasons yet to be fully explained – they quit their organisation and formed the International Socialist Group (Scotland).