Tuesday, 30 April 2013
He has an interest in African matters, having been responsible for economic and political reporting on sub-Saharan Africa for Westminster Bank and writing for some years for the Europa Yearbook on Somalia and Ethiopia.
He was also on the Executive Committee and the Management Committee of the Banking, Insurance and Finance Union (BIFU) and a delegate to the TUC.
Thursday, 25 April 2013
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Saturday, 20 April 2013
Today's Scottish Socialist Party conference in Edinburgh signalled a renewal of the party in many ways.
The conference reiterated a commitment to a fair, poverty and nuclear free Scotland- an independent country, prosperous with re-distributed resources, labour, and power.
After positive, progressive motions were discussed, conference heard from Co-convenors Sandra Webster and Colin Fox; Dennis Cannavan from the Yes campaign and Jonathan Shafi from the Radical Independence Campaign.
This years conference was live tweeted ( @The_SSP_) and included video and powerpoints ( the video can be seen in yesterday's post below).
This conference was the emergence of a new party of ideas and discussion.
A party for the people. A party that fights alongside the people. A party of the people.
Monday, 15 April 2013
Around 500 protestors closed down Faslane nuclear weapons base today.
Arrests were 43 in total including a 13 year old. 28 women and 15 men denonstrators were dragged away by Scotland's Police.
SSP Co-convenor, Sandra Webster was joined at the base by SSP Campsie member, 90 year old Ron Mackay who recalled being arrested in 1960 when the USA first based nuclear weapons just up the road from Glasgow.
"All of the jails in Scotland were filled with people demonstrating against these murdering machines. After Nagasaki and Hiroshima, as a young man who fought against Nazi-ism, I vowed I would fight against these disgusting weapons of mass destruction. We fought between 1939 - 1945 to end wars and create a fair society. I have been fighting for the past 50 years to have these death machines taken from Scottish soil and waters. Hopefully next September the people of Scotland will vote for Independence and we can have them dismantled forever."
Photos via SSP Co- convenor @gallusgirl @scott_eff and reports via @Ross_Greer @nwsocialist @the_ssp_ and others
Saturday, 13 April 2013
A large contingient of SSP members and supporters marched in support if the calls to Scrap Trident today in Glasgow.
SSP co-convenor, Sandra Webster said, "It is so inspiring to see so many people fighting for the future of our country. This proves we are a caring nation. No-one in Scotland would want our nation to be the launch-pad for weapons that could annihilate entire cities of poor and working people.
"A Yes vote in the referendum next year will, I am convinced, mean the eradication of nuclear weapons from the British Isles, and quite possibly, Europe!"
Friday, 12 April 2013
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
I found this Thatcher tribute online. If anyone knows who wrote it, I will credit them.
: For :
The Old that Froze to Death
The Old that Couldn't Afford Food
For the Thousands Made Homeless
The Disenfranchised Black Youth
The Lost Generation of Young
The Hillsborough families
The men dead in a conflict designed to win
her an election
The men traumatised from the Falklands War
For Northern Ireland
my mam and dad
every LGBT kid who committed suicide due to
Section 28 in schools
The victims of gaybashing which were never investigated due to pressure from her government
For the gay men stitched up and banged up
for being gay
The women of Greenham Common who were beaten
and had their kids forcibly taken into care
for no reason
For the men and women assaulted in the
Battle of the Beanfield
For the men and women consigned to the
For the services that used to belong to all
of us and now are badly run in the hands of
For the country that used to stand for
social justice and created the
The mentally ill thrown out on the streets
The children abused in care homes and
ignored or worse abused by some in her
I celebrate the death of a woman who caused
so much pain.
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
27 new Scottish citizens signed the declaration; some of them asking to become part of the ever growing East Dunbartonshire Yes Scotland campaign team!
Neil wrote an article for the Huffington Post following the meeting. ARTICLE HERE
Monday, 8 April 2013
The woman who welcomed and protected Chilean fascist leader Pinochet and said there would never be an ANC Government and that "terrorist" Nelson Mandela should be shot has been outlived by Mandiba and the struggle for South African equality. The viciousness of her allowing -and ordering- deaths from Ireland; through Gibraltar and The Belgrano painted us as a nation of murderers. She died on the 32nd anniversary of Bobby Sands election as an MP, days before she allowed the young man to die of starvation. Her nasty complicity in Hillsborough...
All of this nasty, vile ideological, pathological Government policy blights us today, and like a bully unconfronted ( because the official opposition in the Labour Party and snakes in the grass Liberal Democrats have done nothing less than capitulate and throw workers to the billionaire wolves) Cameron, Osborne, Clegg, Swinson, Boris et al have stepped up their attacks on working class people. They learned nothing only to do it again. From Poll Tax to Bedroom Tax.
Thatcher has died on the day more disgusting attacks have been meted out on disabled and vulnerable people.
The only way to bury the bile and ugliness of Thatcherism is a Yes vote next year.
By Campsie SSP member Neil Scott
Bury Thatcherism, Vote Yes HERE