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…

Mary MacGregor speaks at Brooksbank 124 commemoration in Lochee, Dundee, 18.12.21

The Republican Socialist Platform organised a commemoration for Mary Brooksbank a communist activist, song write and poet on Lochee High Street, Dundee on Saturday, 18th December. Mary MacGregor spoke for the RSP.   MARY BROOKSBANK Mill worker, writer, poet, musician, class fighter, trade unionist, revolutionary!   How wonderful to be holding a commemoration for this…

Flag Commission stalemate

This article was originally posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland), It highlights the inability of the ‘liberal’ institutions set up after the Good Friday Agreement to effectively challenge continued sectarianism built into the  Stormont set-up.   FLAG COMMISSION STALEMATE   The Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition (FICT) was originally set up in 2016 The long-delayed report…

Tom Devine, the Highland Clearances, black chattel slavery and statues

EL&SD is posting two articles about Scotland’s leading historian, Sir Tom Devine.   In the first, Barry Biddulph takes issue with Devine’s earlier opposition to the removal for the statue of the Duke of Sutherland on Ben Bhraggie near Golspie. He and his wife, the Countess of Sutherland, were responsible for some of the worst…

A victory for workers at Glen Dimplex, Portadown

This article, first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) is about a recent victorious strike by  by  electronic appliance workers employed  Glen  Dimplex at Portadown.   A VICTORY FOR WORKERS AT GLEN DIMPLEX, PORTADOWN  All workers must prepare to fight!   Workers on the picket line at the Glen Dimplex factory on Portadown. Glen Dimplex, a highly…

British politics is an oligarchs’ cocktail party – Tory ministers are the waiters

The following article on sleaze and corruption in British politics by Adam Ramsay was first posted by OpenDemocracy. BRITISH POLITICS IS AN OLIGARCHS’ COCKTAIL PARTY – TORY MINISTERS RE THE WAITERS The recent onslaught of government sleaze shows once again why the UK has been called ‘the most corrupt country in the world’. With the…

Loyalist bus hijackings in Belfast

The following article on Loyalist bus hijackings in Belfast was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) LOYALIST BUS HIJACKINGS IN BELFAST Following a second bus burning by the Protestant Action Force, a cover name for the UVF, bus drivers staged a protest at City Hall in Belfast and refused to drive into areas where the…

Police intimidation at Cop26

We are posting two pieces concerning the police intimidation and kettling of the Young Communist League contingent on the Cop26 demonstration in Glasgow on November 6th.  The first is by Mike Small of bella caledonia; the second is a statement from the YCL Central Committee.    1. POLICE INTIMIDATION AT COP-26 Saturday saw one of…

Crossing the Rubicon – Sinn Fein becomes Fianna Fail mark II

The following article was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland). It reports on the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in October CROSSING THE RUBICON With vote on non-jury courts, Sinn Féin finally morphs into Fianna Fail mark II Leader Mary Lou McDonald at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis at the Helix in Dublin. Resolution number 21…

Back to the past – again

James Harvey wrote the following article for Weekly Worker. It looks at the political significance of Tory government’s attempts to unravel the post-Brexit Protocol they signed up for over relationships with the EU and Ireland. BACK TO THE PAST – AGAIN Last week saw just the latest twist in the continuing stand-off between the British government…