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,…

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…

The spinelessness of the Left’s ‘leaders’ marks the final defeat of Corbynism

The following article by Jackson Caine was first posted by Public Reading Rooms. It details the continued decline of the Labour Left and how its own leaders and platforms contributed to this. He had hoped that Corbyn, after the removal of the Labour whip, along with those Labour MPs who still back him, might have…

Turkey and chemical weapons: the accusation no one wants to investigate

This article by Sarah Glynn was first posted on bella caledonia.  It describes the use of chemical weapons on Kurds living in northern Iraq by Erdogan’s repressive Turkish regime. The  Russian imperial invasion of Ukraine is being used by the USA to cover up its  imperial crimes and those of its allies, Israel in Palestine…

Trade unions backing down in the face of reactionary militarism is painfully British

The political weakness of many trade unions, including those led by the Left, is highlighted in this article by Joe Glenton, which first appeared in The Canary. Their acceptance of the existing UK state places a severe constraint on their actions. TRADE UNIONS  ARE BACKING DOWN IN THE FACE OF REACTIONARY MILITARISM  British trade unions…

Review of Paul Mason’s – ‘How to Stop Fascism: History, Ideology, Resistance’

Over the Ukraine war, there have been two campist positions which have emerged on the Left – support or apologetics for Putin, and  support or apologetics for NATO, tied to backing for Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour leadership. Paul Mason is an example of the latter. Alfie Hancox’s review of Mason’s How to Stop Fascism: History,…

The US is no ally of the Left – in Ukraine or anywhere

Nearly all wars lead to sections of  the Left retreating and sacrificing basic principles. We have seen this with Paul Mason and now Anthony Barnett, in giving their support to NATO. Yanis Varoufakis, who fully supports Ukrainian resistance against Putin’s Russian imperialism,  replies to Barnett. This letter was first posted by openDemocracy.   THE US…

Mass media Omerta: burying Al Jazeera’s ‘The Labour Files’

The following article was first posted by Al Jazeera. It shows how the Labour Party bureaucracy  attacked Corbyn to clear the way for a pro-British establishment leader ready to bow to the whims of the City, IMF, the British High Command and  NATO. In other words they want Labour to act as the British ruling…

EL&SD coverage of republicanism

The Republican Communist Network and the Republican Communist Forum have been at the centre of the campaign to build support for republicanism in Scotland. This has involved upholding republicanism as the  sovereignty of the people against the UK’s  sovereignty of the Crown-in-Westminster. We have  criticised those who limit republicanism to anti-monarchism, which can provide cover…