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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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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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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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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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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Yankee Go Home – Get Your Blood-Soaked Hands Out Of Venezuela

Yankee Go Home – Get Your Blood-Soaked Hands Out Of Venezuela

It is immensely frustrating to be unable to fully illustrate the rage and fury I feel while watching and listening to the grotesquely biased and prejudice dripping drivel which has risen like steam off a freshly laid tonne of manure from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky News and all...

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Robert Burns – The Radical, The Republican, The Revolutionary

Today is a special day in Scotland’s history and cultural identity. Every 25th of January since 1801 the birth of a Scottish icon has been recognised and celebrated. Robert Burns, often called Rabbie Burns by indigenous Scots, was born in Alloway, two miles from the coastal town of Ayr in...

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The Time For IndyRef2 is Now – Use The Mandate, Name The Date

The Time For IndyRef2 is Now – Use The Mandate, Name The Date

I was never a big fan of the comedian Bob Monkhouse. He was a Tory and supported Thatcher so that was enough to put me off him. However he did crack a particularly memorable joke that I was compelled to think about after watching the turgid BBC Politics Scotland show...

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“The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable”

“The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable”

It was over 100 years ago that the remarkable and multi-talented playwright, novelist, poet and critic, Oscar Wilde, uttered the brilliant caustic observation above in relation to those who participated in the ‘sport’ of fox hunting https://www.radicalteatowel.co.uk/blog/oscar-wilde-fox-hunting-and-gross-indecency/ . He was indeed an Irishman of courage, wit and wisdom born way...

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There is no democratic mandate for a so-called ‘People’s Vote’ – But there is a clear democratic mandate for IndyRef2

According to my new 2019 diary it is only the 15th of January today yet according to the mood music from Westminster and the new resignation letters from the Tory Whips office https://www.rt.com/uk/448774-mp-gareth-johnson-resigns/ we are already in the last few days of May… Rejoice I say. Theresa May is a...

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Life Is Precious But it is also perishable – Cherish Your Loved Ones

Life Is Precious But it is also perishable – Cherish Your Loved Ones

Exactly two years ago today, January 11th 2016, my wee world was turned upside down. It was a pretty unspectacular Wednesday. The night before was wild with strong winds and rain. We have a glass globe light fixed to the outside side wall of our house. It had been there...

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Alex Salmond Wins the First Skirmish in the Political Witch-hunt against Him

Alex Salmond Wins the First Skirmish in the Political Witch-hunt against Him

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and sounds like a duck chances are it is a duck. Now replace duck with witch-hunt and you have the essence of the ‘sexual harassment’ case against Scotland’s former First Minister Alex Salmond. On the back of incredible lashings of...

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FEAR IN 2019 – Face Everything And Rise

FEAR IN 2019 – Face Everything And Rise

My first column of the New Year 2019 was delayed by a combination of gastronomic illness, the details of which are entirely inappropriate to share, and my wife Gail’s birthday. So even although today is the 6th day of January I will still take the opportunity to wish you all...

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Celtic to the Core But Don’t Just Keep the Faith – Also Keep the Heid

Today I am excited, nervous, pensive but optimistic. Confident but not conceited. My first thirty three columns have been about politics but my thirty fourth will be about my other passion in life, football and the famous Glasgow Celtic. My team travels to the Ibrox home of our fiercest football...

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The Gulag

by the Russian writer Israel Shamir.   “I was given a full access to all archives, I learned everything there is about Stalin’s victims, and I prepared a complete report. However, I decided to save it for some future time. If I were to publish it, [I’d probably lose my...

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“Remember No Man Is A Failure Who Has Friends”

I am writing under duress. I am under strict orders from my boss and harshest critic to lighten up this column. To be cognisant that it will appear on December 24th, Christmas Eve, and many people don’t want hard hitting politics at this time of year but some light hearted...

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“Pan Am 103 – The Truth Must Be Known”

Today more than any other day I implore you to embrace the loved ones you live with and declare your love for them. Contact those you do not live with and tell them how much you love them, think about them and care about them. Call your mum, dad, children,...

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“I am out, I’m leaving” – Brilliant News from Lord ‘Self-Seeking’ Sugar

Good Morning Britain on ITV rarely inspires me to smile. The sound of pompous Piers Morgan pontificate endlessly about the only topic which interests him, namely himself, spoils your morning and can cause grumpiness to infect your day. Sadly the memory function on our telly means the cost of watching...

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Save Scotland from the British Union – Not Britain from Brexit

In a timelyintervention this week one of the Scottish National Party’s longest servingMPs, Angus MacNeil, sought to remind his parliamentary colleagues in bothWestminster and Holyrood that the SNP stands for Scottish independence and isnot the ‘Scottish Stop Brexit Party’ https://www.thenational.scot/news/17291135.the-snp-must-focus-on-independence-not-stopping-brexit/. Writing in The National newspaper on Wednesday, December 12th,Angus put...

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‘May Is Finished – Good Riddance I Say: Now Let’s Get the Flock Outta Here’

Staggeringfrom disarray to shambles, embarrassment to humiliation, cock-ups toclimb-downs, Theresa May’s Government is in chaos. Defeated three times inParliament on the one day then found guilty of treating Parliament withcontempt. Her Government is making history for all the wrong reasons. Herlamentable stint as Prime Minister is nearly over but she...

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Solidarity Conference – 10th November

Solidarity will be hosting our annual conference on the 10th of November. If you want to help shape the party, then join us. We’ll be at the Pearce Institute – 840-860 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 3UU from 10am (registration) until 4pm. Tommy Sheridan will also be speaking on the day....

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Statement on Sheku Bayoh Case

Solidarity is disgusted at the decision to not charge any of the police officers involved in the killing of Sheku Bayoh.It’s shameful to see that 9 officers, one of which over 25 stone and another with a less than perfect past (to say the least), can cause the death of...

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Solidarity: Scotland’s Socialist Movement calls on the UK Government, even at this late hour, to abandon the invitation to Donald Trump.

There can be no justification for a visit from this deluded individual. He neither represents decency or diplomacy, which is shown by his deep disregard of humanity. To extend this visit is to endorse the inhumane treatment of children in deprived areas of the world from Palestine to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...

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Statement from Jock Penman, Co-Convener of Solidarity

Posted on June 13, 2018 Statement from Jock Penman, Co-Convener of Solidarity The excitement in the Westminster Parliament today, when Ian Blackford was ‘shown the door’ by the Speaker, is pretty much a storm in a teacup. While Blackford was trying, in vain, to use Parliamentary procedures to get a vote...

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“Solidarity is disgusted in the way the Tories have dismissed the power of the Scottish government

“Solidarity is disgusted in the way the Tories have dismissed the power of the Scottish government in the debate on 12/06/2018. They have disregarded the devolution agreement, disregarded the entire purpose of a Scottish government and disregarded the views and opinions of the Scottish people. Even those who voted to...

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“Fair Employers Don’t Derecognise Trade Unions – Cornerstone Are Out Of Order”

‘Union Busting Is Disgusting, Recognition Now’ was the chant outside the Glasgow HQ of the charity and social care provider Cornerstone in Glasgow’s Sydney Street today. It was a wretched afternoon with rain cascading upon us constantly but the despicable actions of Cornerstone in the last week demanded action from...

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From Coolio to Celtic and Celebrity Big Brother – Life’s Rich Tapestries

I had a very interesting Friday night. It was spent in the company of between 40 and 50 Catholic Parishioners from the Cumbernauld area of West Central Scotland. Originally I was invited, via Facebook, to speak at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Charitable Men’s Breakfast Club. It was to be...

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‘The Most Dangerous Man in Britain’ – One of Scotland’s Finest Sons

It would be politically criminal of me to write a column on this day and not dedicate it to one of Scotland’s finest sons. On this day of 30th November in 1923 the man daubed ‘the most dangerous man in Britain’ by the British secret intelligence services, but the ‘fighting...

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How many of you have an inspirational teacher story?

How many of you have an inspirational teacher story? I predict almost everyone has at least one memory of something a teacher said to you which shaped your life positively. It stands to reason. Throughout our early formative years Nursery teachers try and teach us essential cognitive skills. From 5...

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We Must Never Allow Legitimate Criticism of the State of Israel to be defined as Anti-Semitic

“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not...

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 “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry”

              A saying that is derived from ‘To a Mouse’, one of the many splendid poems written by Scotland’s legendary National Bard Robert Burns. Although he put it better: “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.” I have next to nothing in common with Tory Prime Minister Theresa May but...

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Solidarity Is More than the Name of a Political Party – It Is A Way of Life

My task on Saturday was to address my political party’s annual conference and try to inspire the gathering with some socialist vision and ideas. The name of the party is Solidarity and it was formed in late 2006 out of a messy battle within a bigger party that I used...

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For The Sake Of The Children And Much More Besides – USE THE MANDATE

“Thank you for giving my mum food so we can eat”. Those were the words written by an eight year old boy who had been caught stealing tomato sauce sachets from his school as he thought he could make soup with them. A heart-breaking and scandalous glimpse of the reality...

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The Red Poppy Is Not About Remembrance It Has Become A Symbol of Militarism and Imperialism – I Prefer The White Poppy of Peace

“Politicians who took us to war should have been given the guns and told to settle their differences themselves, instead of organising nothing better than legalised mass murder.”  “Irrespective of the uniforms we wore, we were all victims” These are the words which should appear in bold print and be...

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Millionaire Hammond Delivers Nothing But Spin – The Rich Are Protected Again

Multi-millionaire property tycoon charges the taxpayer for “superior” teaspoons despite being paid a salary of £141,505 a year from the public purse and receiving outrageous expenses, a huge pension, a free central London flat and a grace- and- favour country mansion in Buckinghamshire in a package worth around £400,000 a...

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Hold the Front Page – Braveheart Is Not Historically Accurate

It is said that we learn something new every day. That maxim was certainly underlined this week for me. On the eve of the annual Hope Over Fear Independence Rally in Glasgow, the 6th I have had the pleasure of co-organising, the Organising Committee announced we intended to provide some...

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The Original 9/11

Chile and her 60,000 victims of U.S. meddling must be remembered today Across much of the world, particularly in the West, today has been shortened to just ‘9/11’ and most associate it with the gruesome and awful terror attacks which targeted the World Trade Centre in New York, the Pentagon...

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Baby Boxes VS Ballistic Bombs

After several packed rallies in support of independence in 2014 and the outcome that 53.5% of the city had voted YES Glasgow’s George Square in the centre of the city was re-named Freedom Square by the Indy Family. Next Saturday, September 15th, that square will be packed to capacity with thousands of Scots...

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Irene Lang’s Speech – Strike Action

23rd October 2018 I am a Child Development Team Leader who has worked for the Council since 1989. I am a Unison member and was a Unision steward for ten years. I am a founding menber of Solidarity. Solidarity stands shoulder to shoulder with the strikers. In 1970 as a...

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Jenny Kiernan’s Speech – Strike Action

23rd October 2018 I work in further education and I was striking with you in support of you getting equal pay, it’s an absolute disgrace on how long this has been taking for us women to get equal pay considering the Equal Pay Act of 1970 and later the Equality...

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Solidarity Statement on Glasgow Equal Pay Strike

SOLIDARITY STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF GLASGOW EQUAL PAY STRIKE In June 1968 female sewing machinists in the Ford car plant in Dagenham took a stand for equal pay in a strike that stopped production for three weeks. They succeeded with abolishing their lower “women’s rate” of pay and triggered a...

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Solidarity Statement on Sheku Bayoh Case

Solidarity is disgusted at the decision to not charge any of the police officers involved in the killing of Sheku Bayoh. It’s shameful to see that 9 officers, one of which over 25 stone and another with a less than perfect past (to say the least), can cause the death...

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Come to the aid of the party

This is a test to see if the new category imposer works… The post Come to the aid of the party appeared first on SOLIDARITY SCOTLAND.

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Tommy Sheridan’s Column

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Solidarity Statement on SERCO’s threat to evict over 300 Asylum Seekers.

Solidarity condemns, absolutely, the decision to evict over 300 Asylum Seekers and demands the Scottish Government, in conjunction with Glasgow City Council, to support the initiative of Mike Dailly of the Govan Law Centre. This is a situation where no-one in government, or SERCO themselves, is accepting responsibility and one...

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Solidarity Statement on Donald Trump UK Visit

Solidarity Statement on Donald Trump UK Visit

Solidarity: Scotland’s Socialist Movement calls on the UK Government, even at this late hour, to abandon the invitation to Donald Trump. There can be no justification for a visit from this deluded individual. He neither represents decency or diplomacy, which is shown by his deep disregard of humanity.   To...

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Solidarity Statement on SNP Walkout

Solidarity Statement on SNP Walkout

Statement from Jock Penman, Co-Convener of Solidarity: The excitement in the Westminster Parliament today, when Ian Blackford was ‘shown the door’ by the Speaker, is pretty much a storm in a teacup. While Blackford was trying, in vain, to use Parliamentary procedures to get a vote on the latest Brexit...

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