The odd couple: Ruaraidh Erskine and John Maclean

We are posting this article by Johnnie Gallacher, who provided his own introduction:- As society stands hesitating at the ecological fork in the road to either ecosocialism or suicide, reflecting upon the unlikely political alliance between John Maclean, the revolutionary socialist, and Ruaraidh Erskine, the aristocratic Gaelic nationalist, can offer valuable insights. These relate to…

The human cargo of voluntary departure

The following article written by Mike Small first appeared in bella caledonia. It examines the ongoing assault on migrants, which has become the centre-piece of the Tories’ attacks on democratic right across the board in Brexit Britain ,    THE HUMAN CARGO OF VOLUNTARY DEPARTURE “Anyone entering the UK illegally… may now be relocated to…

For a republican, all-islands, internationalism from below coalition

    Allan Armstrong is writing a review of three books which address the political situation Socialists face, first of all in Ireland, but extended to Scotland, Wales and England, and their position in a world of competing imperialisms. The purpose in doing this is to build the case for a Republican, all-islands coalition to…

National Maternity Hospital – time to get off the sidelines

We are posting this follow-up article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) on the politics behind the new National Maternity Hospital in Dublin. NATIONAL MATERNITY HOSPITAL – TIME TO GET OFF THE SIDELINES On the 25th May 2018 Irish citizens in the 26-county state voted to make abortion a legal right for women. Although admittedly within certain…

Belfast City Council must rename streets named after alleged sex offender

Socialist Democracy (Ireland) received this letter about Prince Andrew Park and Prince Andrew Gardens in South Belfast.   BELFAST CITY COUNCIL MUST RENAME STREETS NAMED AFTER ALLEGED SEX OFFENDER Dear Editor Two staples of Unionist politicians’ social media accounts are irritation at Irish culture and language and gushing praise of the English royal family. DUP…

Bloody Sunday – 50 years of British injustice in Ireland

  Bloody Sunday, which occurred in Derry exactly 50 years ago, is perhaps the most significant post-war event to reveal the brutal  nature of the British ruling class and its UK state whenever it faces a serious democratic challenge.  We are posting two articles on Bloody Sunday, one by Joseph Healey of Anti-Capitalist Resistance, the…

British Brexit strategy hits the buffers – more chaos ahead

We are posting this article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) on the latest developments in the negotiations between the UK government and the EU following Lord Frost’s departure from the government and as chief  Brexit negotiator.   BRITISH BREXIT STRATEGY HITS THE BUFFERS – MORE CHAOS AHEAD Disagreement with covid strategy is not the reason for…

Global Britain, Levelling up, Strengthening the Union

The following article by Allan Armstrong (RSP) was first posted by bella caledonia. It looks at the political significance of the appointment of Sir Tony Radakin to Chief of Defence Staff, using his speech to the Royal United Services Institute. This version also included a link to that speech and other references. GLOBAL BRITAIN, LEVELLING…