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…

The Democrats won’t save democracy

This article by Jason Koslowski of Left Voice (USA) highlights the hypocrisy of Joe Biden’s Democrats in their attempts to block the Republicans’ latest attempt to limit the electorate and remove largely black voters from the electoral roll. “While Republicans are attacking voting rights, the Democrats are pretending they’re champions of democracy. They’re not. Real…

Trump’s renewed assault on democracy

With many pointing to the revival of US neoliberal imperialism under Joe Biden, this article by Daniel Lazare highlights Trump’s continued hold over the Republican Party.  Trump’s authoritarian Right populism still his waiting for Biden’s inevitable faltering, the first signs of which are already emerging. Trump’s cult of the personality is taking on Bonapartist traits.…

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…

The promise and reality of vaccination

We are posting this article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) about the impact of the global imperialist order on Covid-19 vaccinations through out the world. The roll out of vaccination programmes across the world has raised hopes that the end of the Covid pandemic may be in sight. There are a number of vaccines currently in use…

Can reason end this witch hunt – Standing with Ken Loach

Sarah Glynn, who is a member of Edinburgh RIC, posted this article about the media treatment of Ken Loach on bella caledonia. It has also been posted on the Edinburgh RIC blog. When, last week, I wrote about attacks on academic freedom in Turkey, I didn’t expect to be following that article with one about…

Science, profit and anti-vaxxers

We are posting this article by Robert Belano of Left Voices (USA) which examines the relationship between science and capitalism, in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Understanding vaccine skepticism requires a look at the nature of health care and science in the U.S. The Capitol takeover in early January put American conspiracy theorists on…

The Stranglehold of the Hard Right is Tightening in Brexitland

We are posting these two articles from bella caledonia about the  Johnson’s Tory  government’s attempt to suppress any voices of opposition to their plans. 1. Threats to Free Speech 2. A Corporate Media Takeover for the Brexitland Era ____________ 1. Threats to Free Speech The stranglehold of Brexitland’s new right is tightening. As we explored…

Starmer’s Speech Failed, Even In Its Own Terms

Grace Blakeley, staff writer for Tribune despairs at the future for British social democracy, after Sir Keir Starmer’s appeal to the British ruling class showing his Labour Party is at their beck and call whenever they get fed up with Boris Johnson. Keir Starmer’s speech (16.2.21) was an opportunity to present a bold alternative to growing…

Covid-19: Social Murder, They Wrote – Elected Unaccountable And Unrepentant

We are are posting this article from  the British Medical Journal which accuses several state governments, including that of  UK ,  of “social murder” in their response to the Covid-19 pandemic. After two million deaths throughout the world , we must have redress for mishandling the pandemic. Murder is an emotive word. In law, it…