Posts under ‘Politics’

Devolution or Independence: We must not neglect the North East

by Grahame Morris.

In the early hours of Friday morning we will learn whether Scotland has voted in favour of Independence. The arguments have been well rehearsed from the uncertainty of Independence, and the stability offered by the Union, to the economic and democratic freedom offered by Independence. As a supporter of the Union, and the Better Together […]

An Open Letter to Yes-Voting Socialists

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Dear Comrade, There are many things on which we can agree about the referendum campaign. The mobilisation of masses of people in Scotland is a good thing. Whichever way the vote goes I hope the energy and positivity mobilised by Yes can feed into progressive politics and positive social change. It’s also kicked the complacency […]

Why the Scottish uprising will not lead to independence

by Ann Pettifor and Jeremy Smith.

The Scottish campaign for independence is effectively an uprising against the British state and its collusion with the globalized, mobile finance sector and supranational corporations. It is a protest against an economic and political system increasingly centralised and aloof—a protest bound to spread to other equally neglected regions. It is a campaign to end allegiance […]

Labouring in Glasgow: “The Imperial March”

by Ben Sellers.

For me the enduring image of the Referendum campaign will be of a large group of smartly clad Labour MPs, being pursued through the streets of Glasgow by a Yes campaigner on a rickshaw with a loud hailer, accompanied by the Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme) from Empire Strikes Back. The man on the rickshaw […]

Socialism not nationalism is what should govern the life of Scotland, says Gordon

by Jon Lansman.

From each according to his ability to contribute; to each according to his needs. That is the best principle that can govern the life of our country today.” Thus Gordon Brown, at last and at his best, put socialism firmly at the heart of the reason to vote No in the Scottish referendum. It should […]

Cancelling Labour’s conference if Scotland votes Yes would insult party & voters alike

by Jon Lansman.

Mehdi Hasan, political editor of the Huffington Post, last night reported that Labour’s conference could be severely curtailed in the event of a Yes vote in Scotland and the recall of parliament on Monday which seems likely. Although this report is unconfirmed, Mehdi is widely respected and I am not inclined to ignore his report. […]

Politics and Independence: How Do You Feel?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Better Together has been short on emotion, and all of a sudden it’s there’s shouting and bawling all over the place. Almost. The Prime Minister has ventured north from Westminster twice to make heartfelt pleas to Scottish voters. And Gordon Brown (Gordon Brown!) has been stomping around making the passionate case for the union. Too […]

Almost total tack of accountability of private hospitals is a glaring scandal

by Michael Meacher.

Last month’s report by the Centre for Health and the Public Interest on patient safety risks in private hospitals is a real eye-opener. Apparently more than 800 people have died ‘unexpectedly’ in private hospitals in the last 4 years, and a total of 921 serious injuries were recorded. Even this may be a significant under-estimation […]

Democratic changes up for decision at Labour’s conference next week

by Peter Willsman.

At Labour’s conference in Manchester next week, delegates will be debating and voting on a number of key changes to the party’s rule book, tabled both by the national executive and by constituency parties. Grassroots proposals, under an obscure convention (known as the ‘1968 Ruling’) have been delayed for a year but the executive can agree rule changes one week and have them voted on by conference the following week! […]

Fear is changing sides in Spain

by Mike Phipps.

Hundreds attended a meeting packed to overflowing – mainly young people, many Spanish – in London this weekend to hear a three-way debate between Owen Jones, Ken Loach and leaders of the new Spanish organisation Podemos, which took five seats in the European Parliament in May just three months after being formed. One of the new […]

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