GLASGOW AND READING KILLINGS RAISE MAJOR QUESTIONS ABOUT TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

E&L is posting an article on the attacks and killing in Glasgow and a letter about the killings in Reading. Both address the issues raised by the treatment of asylum seekers. The article written by  Mike Picken (Socialist Resistance, SSP and Renfrewshire RIC) addresses the  stabbing of six people and the police killing of the attacker,…

COVID-19 -JOHNSON’S CRIMINAL INCOMPETENCE

 Eddie Ford (CPGB-WW) argues that by global standards the UK government’s handling of the pandemic has been appalling.   COVID-19 -JOHNSON’S CRIMINAL INCOMPETENCE     Last week we reached the grim milestone of 40,000 officially certified deaths from Covid-19. Given that at the start of the pandemic there was talk of 20,000 being a “good result”,…

FIGHTING COVID19 – FROM A NURSE IN NEW YORK CITY

This article is about workers on the frontline of the Covid19 pandemic in the USA.  It was written  by Jillian Primiano, a New York City nurse. and was first posted by Left Voice.   FROM ONE ESSENTIAL WORKER TO ANOTHER: DEMANDING SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS COULD SAVE MY LIFE     The walk-outs, die-ins, and strikes…

TWO RESPONSES TO THE COVID19 PANDEMIC

Following from our earlier postings from Trade unionists, health workers, independence supporters and community activists and from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) (http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2020/03/26/fighting-the-covid-19-pandemic/), we are posting two further statements on the Covid19  pandemic, the first from Dumfries TUC , the second from SNP Socialists.     1. Dumfries TUC Co19 Statement

CAPITALISM AND WORKERS’ HEALTH – PLUS CA CHANGE

Karl Marx had something  to say about capitalism and workers’ health  in Capital, Volume 1. Chapter 15. (https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/pdf/Capital-Volume-I.pdf – page 316). We are posting this below. CAPITALISM AND WORKERS’ HEALTH  – PLUS CA CHANGE Nineteenth century factory Twenty first century factory What could possibly show better the character of the capitalist mode of production, than…

COVID-19 PANDEMIC CRACKS FACADE OF UNITY AT STORMONT

Much has been made of the UK government’s ‘4 nations’ approach in its handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Sunday Times  article exposed both  Covid’s 19’s  secondary concern (after a ‘No Deal Brexit) for Johnson and the Tories’ deliberate winding down of NHS preparations for pandemics.  In the face of this, the  supposedly ‘4 nations’…

FIGHTING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

We are posting two responses to the Covid-19 pandemic. The first is from Trade unionists, health workers, independence supporters and community activists in Scotland. The second is from Socialist Democracy in Ireland.   1. Trade unionists, health workers, independence supporters and community activists demand radical action from the Scottish government to fight the pandemic (To…

The Politics of Disability

Why is disability a question for socialists and what issues does it raise for us as socialists? Well, you only need to look at the Disability Rights Section of the SSP manifesto to answer these questions: There are about 800,000 disabled people in Scotland. 68 % of households with a disabled person have an Income…