The Art of Critical Support

I think critical support is something that a lot of socialists need to learn to master, because I see socialists quite often fall on either side of the “support” extreme. We’re either disavowing individuals or groups completely or throwing their all at a group or individual without proper analysis. As...

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LIES, DAMNED LIES AND THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA – DON’T BE FOOLED

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled” (Mark Twain) Not for the first time I reached for my Mark Twain book of quotes while I considered the thrust of what I wanted to convey in this column. The truth is what I want...

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Greens Set Out Income Tax Stance Ahead Of Vote On Rates

Greens Set Out Income Tax Stance Ahead Of Vote On Rates

Green pressure in recent years resulted in the new, fairer system of rates and bands which means lower earners get a break and higher earners pay a more appropriate share. It has brought an additional £500million into our public services. It's a modest start and Greens will seek to build...

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Universal Credit carousel of cuts is driving people to food banks

Universal Credit carousel of cuts is driving people to food banks

After years of failure from the UK Government on Universal Credit, Amber Rudd finally acknowledged that it is driving more people to food banks.
And yet, the Tories still won’t do anything about it.
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Why have Scotland’s politicians failed to solve our chronic housing crisis?

Photo: Craig Maclean by Róisín McLaren – SSP national co-spokesperson Few would deny Scotland faces a housing crisis which inflicts real hardship on hundreds of thousands of families every day. With 200,000 people on the housing waiting list, it will take them 20 years, at the current rate, to secure...

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Nicola Sturgeon: Theresa May must rule out a disastrous no-deal Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon: Theresa May must rule out a disastrous no-deal Brexit

With now less than 1,000 hours until the date that Brexit is supposed to happen, the UK is dangerously close to the national economic crisis that crashing out of the EU without a deal would undoubtedly cause.
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While Labour and Tories squabble, we’re getting on with the day job

While Labour and Tories squabble, we’re getting on with the day job

Westminster parties are competing over who is the most divided, and their utter incompetence drives the UK closer to the Brexit cliff edge.
Meanwhile, we are getting on with the day job of being the real opposition to the UK Government and delivering progress in Scotland.
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Westminster parties are incapable of serving Scotland’s interests – and always will be

Westminster parties are incapable of serving Scotland’s interests – and always will be

The UK is on the brink of the Brexit disaster, but shamefully, both Labour and Tories are too busy being at war with themselves.
This shambles makes it ever clearer that Westminster is incapable of serving Scotland’s interests – and always will be.
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There’s little evidence the UK Government is functioning like a normal government

There’s little evidence the UK Government is functioning like a normal government

The reckless, incompetent and self-absorbed Tories that are leading the UK into a complete cluster-bourach are not acting in the national interest.
The UK Government’s approach is all about preserving the Tory Party, and Scotland deserves better.
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Park The Hysteria

John Finnie MSP Highlands and Islands Justice, Transport & Tourism, Rural & Island Communities Website Last month the Scottish Parliament voted for the £42.5billion Scottish Budget thanks to a deal between the Scottish Greens and the SNP. In previous years Greens have focused on securing funding for vital local services...

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Scotland can chart a new course with social security powers

Alison Johnstone MSP Lothian Health & Sport, Social Security, Children & Young People Website One of my proudest moments as an MSP was playing a role in the establishment of the new Scottish social security system. Passed last year, the Social Security (Scotland) Act is a major step towards a...

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Youth Strike 4 Climate – An open letter

Youth Strike 4 Climate – An open letter

Ross Greer MSP West of Scotland External Affairs, Education & Skills, Culture & Media TwitterFacebookWebsite An open letter from Ross Greer MSP to Scotland’s school leaders. The ‘Youth Strike 4 Climate’ movement will culminate in a day of school strikes across the UK, from Truro to Ullapool on Friday 15...

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This Week in Westminster: more deadlock as Government faces another Brexit defeat

This Week in Westminster: more deadlock as Government faces another Brexit defeat

Another busy week in Westminster has passed, with the Brexit shambles in the spotlight again.
This is your brief roundup of the key events and highlights from your SNP MPs, as they stand up for Scotland and hold the Tories to account.
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Brexit farce gets more farcical: 5 takeaways from latest UK Government defeat

Brexit farce gets more farcical: 5 takeaways from latest UK Government defeat

Tonight, the UK Government suffered yet another humiliating defeat, while Labour MPs shamefully abstained on the SNP proposals to delay the Brexit cliff edge.
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Prime Minister is hamstrung by Tory Brexit extremists

Prime Minister is hamstrung by Tory Brexit extremists

Theresa May is refusing to rule out no-deal, because she’s hamstrung by Tory Brexit extremists.
She must stop playing games with jobs and livelihoods, and extend Article 50.
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Universal Credit is a Scandal of Criminal Proportions – Iain Duncan Smith Should be Prosecuted

  Yesterday in the den of dishonesty and inequity which serves us the British seat of democracy a Tory Minister almost caused the roof to cave in. Against all the guidelines and memos on Ministerial behaviour from the Civil Service high heid yins Amber Rudd in Parliament was forced to...

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Sneaky Tories must ditch shameless £7,000 raid on our pensioners

Sneaky Tories must ditch shameless £7,000 raid on our pensioners

Tory opportunists have sneaked through a cut to pension credit, without debate or scrutiny, that could see some couples take a massive hit.
It’s time the Tories listened and scrapped this ridiculous cut.
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Michael Russell: Brexit is an impending disaster for the Highlands and Islands

Michael Russell: Brexit is an impending disaster for the Highlands and Islands

Michael Russell MSP on the importance of immigration to the Highlands & Islands, and the threat Brexit poses.
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There is real respect for the role world-leading Scotland is aiming to play

There is real respect for the role world-leading Scotland is aiming to play

Reading the words of Martin Luther King engraved into the monument which now stands in his honour in Washington DC is a humbling experience. The memorial carries some of his more famous quotations, including this one from 1959. In that year, Dr King said: “Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for…
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This Week in Westminster: hell of a no-deal Brexit inches ever closer

This Week in Westminster: hell of a no-deal Brexit inches ever closer

Another week passed, and Westminster is still engulfed in Brexit chaos.
This is your brief roundup of the key events and highlights from your SNP MPs, as they stand up for Scotland and their communities.
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Whose Side Are You On – Trump or Maduro? Darkness or Democracy?

  Politics is about taking sides. Those who seek to sit on fences in the midst of important political struggles and events end up with nothing more than cowardly reputations and very sore arses. In respect of the current Trump inspired and organised attempted coup de’etat in Venezuela it is...

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Railways should be run in the public interest

Patrick Harvie MSP Glasgow Finance, Economy, Fair Work, Equalities TwitterFacebookWebsite “The government believes, fundamentally, we have got to have an efficient public rail network that meets the needs of individuals within Scotland, that acts in the public interest, that delivers the services that members of the public are looking for.”...

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Colin Fox: Brexit, Independence & the case for Socialism

It’s been said that ‘Brexit’ is the biggest crisis the British ruling class has faced since Suez. Ironically, that was also about the diminishing of Britain’s power in the world. Britain, the former colonial superpower in the Middle East – which had liberated North Africa from the Nazis in 1956...

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Hands Off Venezuela Meeting Watch Video

Paul Cockshott & Tommy Sheridan Speaking at the Hands Off Venezuela Meeting Organised By Solidarity at Committee Room 9 on the 5th February 2019 The post Hands Off Venezuela Meeting Watch Video appeared first on SOLIDARITY SCOTLAND.

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The Victims of Crime Deserve Justice – It Is Not About Left or Right but Right and Wrong

I detest ‘trial by tabloid’ and ‘pitchfork justice’ which is inevitably ill-informed, illegitimate and ignorant of the law and the details of cases and/or incidents. I used to consider Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four a friend until his premature death from lung cancer in June 2014. He spoke up...

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GLASGOW’S BLOODY FRIDAY – Brutal Attack on Defenceless Strikers

“Henceforth January 31, 1919, will be known in Glasgow as Bloody Friday, and, for the crime of attacking defenceless workers, the citizens will hold the authorities responsible. The police have once more been used as hirelings to bludgeon the workers. The workers will not forget.” The words above constitute the...

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Harvie accuses Scot Gov of giving ScotRail operator Abellio a free pass to fail

Harvie accuses Scot Gov of giving ScotRail operator Abellio a free pass to fail

It's easy to blame Network Rail and yes control over the tracks should be devolved but that's no excuse for inaction. Patrick Harvie MSP Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP today (7 Feb) accused the Scottish Government of giving ScotRail operator Abellio a free pass to fail. Challenging the Deputy...

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50 days until Brexit: where are we now?

50 days until Brexit: where are we now?

The UK government still has no viable plan for breaking the impasse, Labour flip-flops and abdicates responsibility, while we’re clear and united: we oppose this job-wrecking, isolationist Tory Brexit.
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Safer speed limit supported by respondents to Holyrood committee

Safer speed limit supported by respondents to Holyrood committee

The high level of support is a reminder to MSPs of the opportunity we have to reduce injuries and prevent deaths on our streets. Mark Ruskell MSP The roll-out of a safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas is supported by almost two-thirds of respondents to a Holyrood committee...

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Tory Minister won’t get away with lying to Scotland

Tory Minister won’t get away with lying to Scotland

The UK government has a disgraceful record on pensions, and when questioned by the SNP, it tried to deflect blame by falsely claiming that reserved powers are devolved. This must stop.
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Safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas will “align Scotland to best practice”

It’s time for Scotland to catch up with the rest of the world, and update a limit that was plucked out of thin air back in the 1930s. Mark Ruskell MSP The roll-out of a safer speed limit of 20mph in built-up areas will end “a throwback to the 1930s”...

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at Georgetown University

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at Georgetown University

Full video and text of Nicola Sturgeon’s speech at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
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If Labour backs Theresa May’s Brexit deal, it will be a betrayal of Scotland

If Labour backs Theresa May’s Brexit deal, it will be a betrayal of Scotland

If Labour choose to be the midwives of Brexit, they’d be betraying the interests of Scotland, enabling a hard-right Tory agenda, and will be culpable for every job that’s lost as a result.
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Scotland is an open, welcoming nation, keen to collaborate with others across the globe

Scotland is an open, welcoming nation, keen to collaborate with others across the globe

There are less than two months to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, and it beggars belief that the UK Government is still unable to say what our future trading relationship with Europe, or indeed the rest of the world, will look like.
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We need to take the next and final vital step away from Brexit dependence

We need to take the next and final vital step away from Brexit dependence

The Prime Minister could – and must – rule out a “no deal” by immediately requesting an extension to Article 50. She must bring an end to the chaos and uncertainty.
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This week at the Scottish Parliament: Welcome stability in face of Brexit chaos

This week at the Scottish Parliament: Welcome stability in face of Brexit chaos

This week, the Scottish Parliament gave its backing to an SNP budget that offers economic stability in the face of Brexit, while giving a cash boost to the NHS, schools and other vital services.
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The Scottish budget: what it means for young people

The Scottish budget: what it means for young people

The Scottish Governments budget invests in jobs and skills and tackles the cost of living.
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Budget deal makes millions available to councils & paves way for bold reforms

Andy Wightman MSP Lothian Local Government, Communities, Housing & Land Reform TwitterFacebookWebsite Since being elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2016, I have sought to work constructively with all MSPs from all parties to effect legislative, budgetary and policy changes that will benefit Scotland and my constituents. There is no...

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This Week in Westminster: Tories still clueless on Brexit

This Week in Westminster: Tories still clueless on Brexit

Another packed week in Westminster comes to an end.
This is your brief roundup of the key events and highlights from your SNP MPs, as they stand up for Scotland and their communities.
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The Scottish budget: what it means for older people

The Scottish budget: what it means for older people

The Scottish Government has set out its budget plans for the year ahead. Find out how the Scottish budget means older people in Scotland get the best deal anywhere in the UK.
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Green budget deal: Immediate boost & long-terms reforms to protect local services

Green budget deal: Immediate boost & long-terms reforms to protect local services

Scrapping the Tories' Council Tax and giving Councils more powers is a historic victory. Patrick Harvie MSP The Scottish Greens this afternoon (31 Jan) confirmed agreement has been reached with Scottish Ministers on a significant package of immediate budget changes and bold long-terms reforms to boost the funding of local...

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7 things the Green Budget Deal will deliver

Scottish Greens We’ve secured an agreement with the Scottish Government on the budget for 2019-20. This includes giving councils up to £282m more to spend on providing local services, meaning that over the last 3 years Scottish Greens have secured over £500m for local services. But this year, we’ve gone...

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Scotland’s exports: what you need to know

Scotland’s exports: what you need to know

Scotland is one of the strongest economies in the world, with advantages and resources few nations can match. For centuries, Scotland’s exports have reached every corner of the globe – and our trade performance continues to grow and strengthen.
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Public Meeting In Solidarity With VENEZUELA & MADURO

Solidarity Holding A Public Meeting in Solidarity With Venezuela & Maduro  All Welcome FREE Admission  7pm – 9pm Tuesday 5th February 2019 Committee Room 9, 18 John Street Glasgow G1 1JQ Other Speaker to Follow  The post Public Meeting In Solidarity With VENEZUELA & MADURO appeared first on SOLIDARITY SCOTLAND.

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Wightman urges residents to check legality of holiday home key boxes

Wightman urges residents to check legality of holiday home key boxes

Drilled into doorways or stonework entrances, the increase in the number of these unsightly additions simply reflects the number of residential flats that have been converted into short-term let businesses. Andy Wightman MSP Scottish Greens housing spokesperson Andy Wightman MSP, whose Homes First campaign aims to better regulate the short-term...

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Johnstone wins on Health and Care Staffing amendments

Johnstone wins on Health and Care Staffing amendments

If we want to improve recruitment and retention of those working in health and care, we need to ensure that they have guaranteed time to continue to develop their professional skills. Alison Johnstone MSP Scottish Greens health spokesperson Alison Johnstone MSP today (29 Jan) won support for her amendments to...

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Immigration is good for Scotland – we’ll always stand up for it

Immigration is good for Scotland – we’ll always stand up for it

Immigration strengthens our economy, helps our public services thrive and enriches our society.
Immigration powers should be devolved in Scotland, so we can do away with the damaging Tory approach once and for all.
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Fact check: Tory Philip Hammond has claimed that UK regions will be “better off” under every Brexit scenario

Fact check: Tory Philip Hammond has claimed that UK regions will be “better off” under every Brexit scenario

Tory Philip Hammond has today claimed all UK regions will be “better off” under every Brexit scenario as he urged MPs to back the Government’s deal.
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The Scottish budget: what it means for businesses

The Scottish budget: what it means for businesses

Derek Mackays budget ensures Scotland is the best place to do business and invest, and that our economy can meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the future.
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Theresa May hasn’t learned anything from her humiliating Brexit defeat

Theresa May hasn’t learned anything from her humiliating Brexit defeat

The Tories keep thinking they can do whatever they want to Scotland and get away with it.
Theresa May must finally stop placating the hard-right Brexiteers, start listening, and face reality.
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