The SWP and Scottish independence – Part 2, To party or not to party?

This posting  covers the Introduction and Contents of the second part of Allan Armstrong’s review of the book, Breaking up the British state, Scotland, Independence and Socialism, edited by Bob Fotheringham, Dave Sherry & Colm Bryce of the SWP. The full article can be seen at:- https://allanarmstrong831930095.files.wordpress.com/2021/10/breaking-up-the-british-state-part-2.pdf   Contents This posting  covers the Introduction and Contents of the…

The SWP and Scottish independence – part 1, Breakin’ up is so hard to do

The following  post includes the Contents and the Introduction of the first part of the review by Allan Armstrong of Breaking up the British state – Scotland, Independence & Socialism, editors, Bob Fotheringham, Dave Sherry and Colm Bryce. The full review of Part 1 can be read at: https://allanarmstrong831930095.files.wordpress.com/2021/09/breaking-up-the-british-state-2.pdf   THE SWP AND SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE Part…

Its the constitution stupid!

This article by Allan Armstrong (RCF) looks at the aftermath of the May 6th elections in Scotland, Wales and England, the current situation in Northern Ireland, and then to the political significance of new movements from below across these islands, culminating in the people of Govanhill challenging the UK state’s Home Office Border Agency’s attempted…

The power grab of the queen’s speech

This article by Mike Small was first posted on bella caledonia. It outlines the Tory government’s plans to bring the politics of Brexit Britain closer to the authoritarian Right in Eastern Europe, coupled to their attempts to bury its own murderous past in Ireland. At the State Opening of Parliament today the full-farce of Britain’s…

Brexit Britain – a new police state?

The following article on the slide of Brexit Britain to an authoritarian state was was first published by Socialist Democracy (Ireland). The Tory government’s proposed anti-crime Bill has seen a number of mobilisations across Britain. Covid rules and fierce police enforcement have limited street demonstrations, but that has started to break down. Protest is seen…

Beyond Leek-Flavoured UKism

We are posting this article first published by Red Pepper, which outlines the thinking of Undod (Unity). Undod is the Welsh equivalent of the Radical Independence Campaign in Scotland. The article highlights the weaknesses of “radical federalism” (sometimes called ‘progressive federalism’ by its Left unionists supporters). It makes the case for a Welsh Republic. Undod (Welsh for ‘Unity’)…

Emancipation & Liberation – Welsh Coverage 2002-2020

Following the posting of our Irish coverage, E&L is posting our Welsh and republican related coverage from 2002 to 2020 to promote a wider socialist republican ‘internationalism from below’ alliance 2021 BEYOND LEEK-FLAVOURED UKism – Robat Idris – Undod 2020 The British Left and the UK State – Allan Armstrong, RCN, Republican Socialist Platform From grey to…

The British Left and the UK State

  Below is an outline of the Contents and the concluding chapter of The British Left and the UK state, written by Allan Armstrong.  The article  addresses the need for a socialist republican ‘internationalism from below’ strategy to address the current challenges the Left faces. The full article  can be read at:- https://allanarmstrong831930095.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/the-british-left-the-uk-state-1-1.pdf _____________ From…

THE CASE FOR A  REPUBLICAN INTERNATIONALIST COALITION FOR  SCOTLAND’S INDEPENDENCE

THE CASE FOR A  REPUBLICAN INTERNATIONALIST COALITION FOR  SCOTLAND’S INDEPENDENCE       a. The Radical Independence Campaign An examination of the wording of the initials and principles of the Radical Independence Campaign is instructive. R = Radical, I = Independence, C = Campaign Each one of these terms is ambiguous.

THE UK STATE, RIGHT POPULISM AND REACTIONARY UNIONISM IN 2020 – rUK IT or fUK IT?

Allan Armstrong has produced his third online pamphlet, following The Continuing Shift from Neo-Liberalism to Right Populism. This follows the last update which looked at the impact of Right Populism and reactionary unionism on the politics of the these islands after the December 12th UK and February 8th Irish general elections. The contents  of the…