The Gender Recognition Reform  Bill

The Gender Recognition Reform  Bill (GRR) was passed at Holyrood on December 22nd.  It has been described as “contentious” by the media and “railroaded”  by the Tories.  The Tories have threatened to block this bill at Westminster.  But there are also dangerous echoes of opposition from another tradition too.  rs21 member Graham Checkley examines the facts,…

Ukraine: Voices of Resistance and Solidarity

UKRAINE: VOICES OF RESISTANCE AND SOLIDARITY Lighthouse Books, 43-5 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB Saturday, 21st January, 7.00 – 8.00 pm. Speakers – Chris Ford, Ukraine Solidarity Campaign and co-editor of the book Taras Fedirko, Ukraine Solidarity Campaign, Edinburgh https://lighthousebookshop.com/events/ukraine-voices-of-resistance-and-solidarity The world is becoming an ever more violent and oppressive place. Competing imperialisms, some…

The Blair Show

The following article written by Jason Okundaye  was first posted by Tribune. It looks at the interaction of the Blair political project and the demonisation of the working class on reality TV. THE BLAIR SHOW At the last Queen’s Speech before the 2001 general election, then Prime Minister Tony Blair scolded William Hague by telling…

Chère Marianne, do you know why the Kurds are angry?

The following article written by Sarah Glynn was first posted by bella caledonia. It examines the response of the Kurdish community in Paris to the killings of three Kurds by a French racist. CHERE MARIANNE, DO YOU KNOW WHY THE KURDS ARE ANGRY? Around quarter of a million Kurds live in the Republic of France,…

Morocco’s support for Palestinians has ‘restored trust’ in the Arab world

The following article by Steve Topple, on the public emergence of the Palestinian struggle during the World Cup in Qatar, was first posted by The Canary. MOROCCOS’ SUPPORT FOR PALESTINIANS HAS ‘RESTORED TRUST’ IN THR ARAB WORLD Morocco’s support for the Palestinians during the team’s historic World Cup run shows the cause has not been…

Wes Streeting has betrayed the NHS

The following article outlines Labour’s Shadow Secretary of for Health & Social Care, Wes Streeting’s moves  to help Sir Keir Starmer further privatise the NHS, It was  was first posted by Squawkbox. WES STREETING HAS BETRAYED THE NHS  And in 2018, he launched ‘disgusting’ tirade in predecessor Abbott’s face Starmer’s sidekick promoted despite his history…

Is this what democracy looks like?

The following article by Jonathon Shafi, of the Conter editorial board, was first posted on the Substack  blog. It outlines the SNP leaders’ accommodation to landowners in Scotland, and the Scottish Green leaders’ accommodation to the SNP, when it comes to renewable energy.  IS THIS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE? The latest in the great Scottish sell…

Gordon Brown’s new report and the Supreme Court ruling

Mike Small of bella caledonia has written this response to Gordon Brown’s report ‘A New Britain: Renewing our Democracy and Rebuilding our Economy’. He argues that this report collapses under the weight of its own incoherence. Instead of viewing this as a set of solutions for Scotland, it should be seen as Labour’s attempt to create…

Elaine Murray – a remarkable woman

Elaine Murray was a remarkable woman. Being an active trade unionist and political campaigners were just two aspects of her full and rounded life. Many people – family, partners, friends, sisters, brothers and  and  comrades – attended her commemoration meeting. This was held on Thursday, December 1st in the Kings Manor Hotel in Edinburgh. This commemoration…