To party or not to party? – The SWP and Scottish independence – review by Allan Armstrong

The following  posts includes the Contents and the Introduction of a review by Allan Armstrong of Breaking up the British state – Scotland, Independence & Socialism, editors, Bob Fotheringham, Dave Sherry and Colm Bruce. The full review can be read at: https://allanarmstrong831930095.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/breaking-up-the-british-state.pdf   TO PARTY OR NOT TO PARTY? THE SWP AND SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE   Introduction…

Twelfth festival of hate – the state moves to support loyalism

The following article was in the annual 12th July bonfires in Belfast was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland)   TWELFTH FESTIVAL OF HATE – THE STATE MOVES TO SUPPORT LOYALISM     Events have moved on from this year’s Twelfth parades, with general relief at the absence of widespread violence. However a sense of…

Glasgow protest against the Nationality and Borders Bill

This article written by Maria Elena Carpentero Torres-Quevedo was first posted by bella caledonia. It reports from the Glasgow  protest against the  Nationality and Borders Bill organised by the No Evictions Network. It is followed by a poem by Ewan Girvan read out on the Buchanan Street steps. 1. GLASGOW PROTEST AGAINST THE NATIONALITY AND…

Dublin – No church involvement in the National Maternity Hospital

    The following article based on an interview with Anne Conway, founder member of the Campaign against Church Ownership of Women’s Healthcare, was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland)   DUBLIN – NO CHURCH INVOLVEMENT IN THE NATIONAL MATERNITY HOSPITAL Anne Conway a founding member of the Campaign against Church Ownership of Women’s Healthcare…

Isolation at G7, chaos in Ireland sees British retreat on Brexit border

The following article from Peoples Democracy (Ireland) updates the current situation the UK and Irish states face over the Brexit Border.   ISOLATION AT G7, CHAOS IN IRELAND SEES BRITISH RETREAT ON BREXIT BORDER In the run-up to the meeting of the G7 committee Boris Johnson and his negotiator Lord Frost uttered bloodcurdling threats about…

Belfast Hovis Strike

This article was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland)and outlines the struggle between the Belfast Hovis workers fighting for pay parity with fellow workers in the rest of the UK, and the limitations imposed on their struggle by the relationship between the UK state and Northern Ireland and its acceptance by the trade union bureaucracy.…

The aftermath of Kenmure Street challenges us all

This article written by Sean Bell for Source News highlights the dangers ahead, following the stunning Kenmure Street victory, as  Priti Patel and the Tory government make plans to up the ante. “Kenmure Street was a stunningly successful example of solidarity and nonviolent resistance. We should not be surprised if the authorities’ next moves attempt…

Palestine – the view from Edinburgh and Belfast

The Scottish government is a signatory to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition on ‘anti-semitism’. This definition conflates criticism of Israel with criticism of Jews. In view of the horrific attacks by Zionist settler thugs and the of the Israeli state on Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Gaza in order to to ethnically cleanse even more…

Further reflections on the Battle of Kenmure Street

We are posting two further articles on the events at Kenmure Street on 13th May. The first is by Smina Akhtar of Glasgow University , which outlines the blog post by Smina Akhtar, University of Glasgow, describing the history organisation in Glasgow which led to this successful challenge. The second if by Alistair Davidson, first posted…

It hasn’t gone away you know – the Irish housing crisis erupts yet again

This article first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) examines the public  re-emergence of the housing crisis in Ireland and looks to its causes and possible solutions. The housing crisis in Ireland has exploded yet again. As in a slow motion car crash, everyone foresees the eventual destruction of the coalition government but not a way…