Imperialism is responsible for Omicron

The following article. written by Sam Carliner of Left Voice (USA), highlights the role of imperialism in the mergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19   IMPERIALISM IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OMICRON With capitalism acting as an incubator for pandemics, and vaccine nationalism preventing an effective global response, it is no surprise that the Omicron variant…

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…

Ukraine, Marxism and the National Question

In September Marko Bojcun’s book, The Workers Movement and the National Question in Ukraine, 1897-1918, was published. The Republican Socialist Platform co-hosted a Zoom meeting on 22nd September, at which Marko and others spoke and the issues raised by the book were discussed.   Chis Ford of the Ukraine Solidarity campaign wrote the following introduction…

Repression of migrants at the Poland-Belarus border: a humanitarian crisis created by imperialism

This article by Frankie Levine was first posted by Left Voice (USA). Not mentioned, but also significant is the UK government’s commitment of British armed forces to back Poland (and undermine the EU leadership). The British Tory Party has the same international affiliation as the racist Polish Law and Justice Party. At the same time…

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…

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…

A Jewish socialist responds to Guardian article on the Holocaust

The Guardian published an article showing that more than half pf people living in Great Britain are unaware of the extent of Jewish deaths at Nazi hands, or that the UK government shut the door to Jewish immigration at the outbreak of the Second World War. Jeff Lever, a Jewish socialist, has responded to this…

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…

What does the union flag tell us about the UK?

Allan Armstrong has rewritten the introduction to the first part of his book, From Pre-Brit to Ex-Brit. In this he takes a closer look at the history of the UK’s Union Flag. WHAT DOES THE UNION FLAG TELL US ABOUT THE UK? Today, even the United Kingdom’s most diehard defenders realise their state may not…