The Demise Of Labourism And The Passing Of Tony Benn

Eric Chester (RCN) goes beyond the glowing tributes made to Tony Benn after he died earlier this year and takes a critical look his politics. Tony Benn was one of the most popular and respected figures on the Left in Scotland and throughout the UK. His recent death has been followed by many notices that…

Making Plans For Nigel

Allan Armstrong (RCN) examines the situation Socialists face across these islands in the light of the recent European election and the ongoing Scottish independence referendum campaign. A SOCIALIST REPUBLICAN ANALYSIS OF THE STATE OF THE UK AND ‘NEW UNIONISM’ IN THE LIGHT OF THE RISE OF UKIP AND THE FORTHCOMING SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM CONTENTS Introduction…

‘Emancipation & Liberation’ RIC Special Bulletin, May 2014

The RCN produced its second  RIC Special Bulletin in May. It includes the articles the following articles: What happens after September 18th Support the struggle for real self-determination in a Scottish democratic, secular and social republic Winning internationalist allies in Ireland Edinburgh RIC branch proposals to RIC National Forum in the event of a ‘Yes’ vote on September 18th…

Scotland: What Can We Learn From Venezuela

Ewan Robertson, an RCN member and a Scots born journalist living in Venezuela, is touring Scotland. He will be addressing the following meetings:- Monday April 14, STUC: Joint Scottish Venezuela Solidarity Campaign & others lunchtime Latin America fringe meeting for delegates with speakers including Ewan Robertson, 12.30-1.45pm, Caird Hall, Dundee. Tuesday April 15, Aberdeen: Public Meeting with…

Undercover But Within Sites – Police Infiltration Of Trade Unions

Emancipation & Liberation has been covering the long term of blacklisting of building worker, Brian Higgins. Brian has also been involved over many years in a struggle with the UCATT bureaucracy. More recently, developments over Stephen Lawrence have highlighted the use of undercover police to infiltrate defence campaigns. Here Mark Metcalf reveals how the police infiltrated…

New Issue of ‘resistance’ from the Irish Socialist Network

Issue no. 18 of resistance the Irish Socialist Network (http://www.irishsocialist.net) for the Winter of 2013-14 is now out. The articles include:- Labour Goes From Boom to Bust – by Kevin Quinn (ISN) Demanding a Future for Young People – S. Fitzgerald and M. Murphy Roma case exposes state racism – Aindrias O’Cathasaigh Greeks Bearing Lessons…

The Case For The Independent Workers Union – Our Right To Organise

In the aftermath of the UNITE leadership’s capitulation at Grangemouth, a key issue socialists need to address is that of how to effectively organise workers. The RCN and the commune organised the 3rd Global Commune conference – ‘Trade Unions- Are They Fit For Purpose’ (see Trade Unions In The Twenty First Century) – in which a number…

G8 Summit At Enniskillen

The G8 summit was held in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland, from June 17th – 18th. It is eight years since the G8 summit held at Gleneagles in July 2005. Emancipation & Liberation covered that summit quite extensively in issue no. 11 (see Emancipation & Liberation Issue 11). Little has changed. The first article by John McAnulty…

Jerry Hicks – UNITE General Secretary Election Update

George Osborne said ‘Faster deeper’ cuts he meant it. Our side calls for strike action against those cuts – but do we mean it? The announcement that Unite, is calling for a 24-hour general strike against austerity measures is very welcome. A serious program of strikes to defeat the Con Dem government is long overdue…