What Is To Be Done…About Lenin?

Solidarity Co-Convenor Jock Penman and Fife activist John Lowrie argue that the movement needs to reappraise the role of Lenin  After 100 years the question of whether Lenin was the genius who led the workers and peasants into a socialist revolution or whether his strategy for revolution was a mistake and a failure, is still being debated. It has to be conceded that the revolution crumbled into dust with the demise of the Communist Parties worldwide and, by implication, a failure of political leadership within the former Soviet Union. Those who don’t wish to investigate for themselves or are just content to follow […]

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Use the Mandate Following the Brexit Announcement

On December 12th 2017 amendment 158 to the EU Withdrawal Bill was tabled.”This amendment would prevent the powers of a minister of the crown under clause 7 of the Bill to fix problems in retained EU law from being exercised to amend the Scotland Act 1998 or the Government of Wales Act 2006” This amendment would have prevented ministers from using the new powers in the bill to amend the Scotland Act 1998 (also the Government of Wales Act  2006) this amendment was rejected by 315 votes to 291 all 13 Scottish Conservative MP’s voted against the amendment while all […]

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The Welfare State

The official start of what’s now known as “the welfare state” started in 1945, but as a bit of background, I’m going to go about 40 years further back than that. At the 1906 General election, the Liberal party were suffering a bit of a split. This was the first case of there being modern liberalism and classic liberalism.  The Liberal leader, Henry Cambell-Bannerman, was a firm believer in free-trade, but also, apparently believed in improving social conditions. So after wining the general election, they slowly moved away from their strictly free-market capitalist stances, But not by much. This wasn’t […]

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The Stagnation of Living Standards and Technical Decline

According to the latest government figures, real pay levels in Britain have not risen in 12 years, and are now lower than they were in 2007. Money wages have risen, but the rise in money wages has been totally absorbed in rising prices (Fig. 1↓). This is the worst and most prolonged fall in peacetime living standards since records began. At one level this is a terrible indictment of the Conservative and Liberal governments since 2010, but the decline in earnings started in 2007 under the Labour government so the causes go deeper than just which government is in power. […]

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