Posts under ‘Politics’

Labour must outflank the SNP from the Left

by Neil Findlay.

This article was written prior to the resignation of Johann Lamont and is reposted here because it is a clear political statement by someone who many on the Left in Scotland would like to see as the next leader of Scottish Labour, and covers the same ground as Neil’s speech to the Campaign for Socialism conference […]

Why Scottish Labour’s structure matters politically

by Dave Watson.

The structure and rules of an organisation can say much about its culture and vision. This is particularly true of the Scottish Labour Party. In my article in the latest Citizen and in my contributions to both recent Scottish Labour grassroots events, organisation was just one of four points on my Scottish Labour ‘to do’ […]

Is the EU Commission on the side of Farage?

by Michael Meacher.

It is difficult to believe that some senior members of the EU Commission are not secret Ukippers. To demand that Britain hands over more than €2bn because its economy is doing relatively well compared with the rest of the Eurozone, which is doing appallingly badly, is beyond satire. The idea that Germany, where the Merkel […]

As Lamont resigns, only the independent voice of Scottish Labour can win

by Jon Lansman.

Johann Lamont’s resignation this morning opens up the possibility of a new future which Scottish Labour desperately needs. Its ver survival is at stake. It is an opportunity to declare the independence of Scottish Labour from Westminster, which it must do if it can again lead the Scottish people to a future that is in […]

Deficit rise this year destroys any purported case for austerity

by Michael Meacher.

The latest ONS Quarterly National Accounts tell a very significant story. For the media it was immediately a matter of Osborne likely not being able to provide a pre-election giveaway in a big new tax break to be announced in his Autumn Statement on 3 December. But that isn’t the real point at all. A […]

Leanne Wood interview: another Wales is possible

by Guest.

The annual conference of Plaid Cymru starts tomorrow. Here their leader, Leanne Wood, talks about the Scottish referendum and devolution, questions EVEL (English votes for English Laws) and opposes the evils of austerity. She is interviewed by Socialist Resistance SR: You were a very high profile and active supporter of the Yes campaign in Scotland. […]

The downward spiral: private debt rising, wages, productivity & inflation falling

by Ann Pettifor.

The Bank of England’s Andy Haldane is a fine economist. He occupies an ideology-free zone. This is highly unusual in central bank circles. He made a particularly skilful and nuanced speech last week. Many gushed over it. Gillian Tett of the Financial Times suggested that it was good enough to qualify Haldane as a journalist. […]

Support for staying in the European Union is at an all time high

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Calling it support might be a bit of a stretch but nevertheless this graph is interesting. Here’s your source. The professional pundits are probably right. This is a backlash of sorts against UKIP. The greater their presence is felt, the more their backwardness is plastered all over the media the stiffer the resistance to their blandishments becomes.

Israel/Palestine: UK MPs may seek 2 states but history seems to be leading elsewhere

by Antony Lerman.

On Monday 13 October, MPs voted by 274 to 12 in support of the following motion: That this House believes that the Government should recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel, as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution.” The vote has symbolic significance, but does it amount to anything more […]

Main reason MPs should be recalled for by-election is doing a poor or bad job

by Michael Meacher.

The government’s Recall of MPs bill which was debated in the Commons on Tuesday, a flawed version of Zac Goldsmith’s private member’s bill, states that 10% of constituency members (about 8,000 persons) can trigger a ballot for a by-election if an MP has been given a jail sentence or if Parliament agrees a recall petition […]

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