Venezuela Refuses to Become the 68th Sovereign Government Overthrown By America

  Over my eleven years as an elected local government Councillor and eight years as a Member of the Scottish Parliament I championed many causes and found myself often in police cells, on picket lines, marching in demonstrations and the subject of scathing attacks in mainstream newspaper headlines and editorials. I wore such attacks as a badge of honour remembering the opinion of Labour’s first working class leader and MP, Keir Hardie, that when the press attack you it means you are doing something right. Perhaps it was that notoriety that made me very popular with journalism students anxious to conduct an interview for their course […]

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Opposing Israeli Brutality Against Palestinians Makes You Human Not Anti-Semitic

  Writing columns often involves difficult choices. What you write about reflects your opinions and priorities. Every time I sit down at my laptop to construct a column I agonise over what to write about from a huge list of worthy topics and current affairs issues. Today I simply cannot ignore the corrosive effect of the very powerful and well financed pro-Israel lobby which is at the heart of the concerted campaigns of vilification against Jeremy Corbyn over the last four years and is responsible for the ridiculous association of Corbyn and socialists within the Labour Party with anti-Semitism. Every newspaper, news bulletin, political TV show and newspaper review segment […]

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They Think They are the Magnificent Seven – They are Actually the Tawdry Seven

The 1960 film ‘The Magnificent Seven’ was apparently based on the true story which formed the basis of the 1954 Japanese movie the ‘Seven Samurai’. ‘The Magnificent Seven’ was in fact a Hollywood re-make of that film and was full of heroism, self-sacrifice and human integrity. I loved it. Charles Bronson and Yul Brynner were immense. Yesterday I watched the polar opposite of all those virtues when ‘The Tawdry Seven’ walked into a pre-arranged press conference in London full of giggles and self-importance to denounce the very political party they had been elected to represent less than 24 months ago. Seven individuals who would struggle to be recognised […]

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Response to: The Problem with Stalin and Stalinism

An article by Garry Maclachlan, “The Problem with Stalin and Stalinism“ appeared on the Solidarity Website 27 Feb 19. Some discussion ensued on Facebook, but I thought it would be best to write a response here. Why should anyone be concerned now, about a Soviet politician who died almost seventy years ago? What makes it worth discussing him in a small Scottish socialist party? Socialist parties exist to propagate the ideas of socialism and to attempt to win political power. The basis of their appeal has to be the political and economic programme that they advance in the here and […]

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The Problem with Stalin and Stalinism.

I felt an urge to write this short article because I see good intentioned socialists on social media sharing posters with quotes from the late leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Djugashvili – Joseph Stalin. But do they truly know what Stalin and Stalinism represents? The Russian Revolution had crumbled due to a massive decline in the working classes through famine and war after Stalin rose to power and workers were exploited, workplaces controlled by managers and military officials and a new Ruling Class of beaurocrats had emerged under Stalin’s regime. Workers would lose their jobs if they missed a […]

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