BDS Legal Victory – Opposing Israeli State is Human Not Anti-Semitic

Without the media exposure the decision deserved, the campaign to further the cause of equality and human rights for the Palestinian people received a massive boost in the UK’s highest court. A four year legal battle finally concluded that Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) were entitled to apply principles and ethical considerations to their investments and legally choose not to invest in or to disinvest from companies complicit in Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and/or companies producing and selling arms to regimes guilty of human rights abuses. This was a landmark victory for the Palestinian cause and all those who […]

Continue reading

Highest Covid19 Deaths in Europe – Johnson Is Criminally Negligent

#p>At his first Covid19 press briefing in weeks UK’s part-time Prime Minister, Boris Johnson should have announced his immediate resignation from office and issued a series of apologies. Apologies to all the families of the victims of Covid19 and in particular for the premature deaths of the hundreds of health and social care workers who have died in the line of duty delivering care without the necessary personal safety equipment and in the midst of a serious health crisis made immeasurably worse by his government’s criminal irresponsibility. Further detailed inquests must be conducted in the future. But even the limited […]

Continue reading

SNP Wrong to Suspend Indy Campaign – Beat Covid-19, Break British State

At the beginning of the current Covid19 health crisis the Scottish Government announced a decision which was undoubtedly influenced by the powerful forces in society most committed to the preservation of the status quo, the current social order. The SNP announced their campaign for Scottish independence was being suspended, put on ice until after the Covid19 battle was completed. It must have been a difficult call. They undoubtedly thought it was the right thing to do amid a life-threatening pandemic that threatened to stretch our health services to breaking point. They listened to those in powerful positions of influence who […]

Continue reading

‘Get Back to Normal’? – Not the ‘Normal’ of Grotesque Inequality

For the fifth Thursday night in a row, my wife, daughter and I stood in our front garden and joined the hundreds of others on our street and the millions across Scotland and the UK to applaud, bang pots and pans and compress car horns for the frontline health and care workers who face the dangerous battle against COVID-19 daily. It is a small act of solidarity with, and appreciation for, ordinary men and women who do extraordinary tasks in their line of duty to care for the victims of this horrible virus and protect the rest of us from […]

Continue reading

Pay Social Care Workers Properly – Nationalise the Care Home Sector

A leading Think Tank Report released on 19th January, deserves urgent attention and immediate implementation of its recommendations. The Resolution Foundation (RP) study strips bare the disgraceful level of pay and regressive employment conditions that pollute the whole social care sector across the UK. The care of the elderly has been woefully neglected for decades by successive Labour and Tory governments both wedded to the free market philosophy that profit is God and the role of the state in the provision of services should be stripped to the bone. That creed of greed and allegiance to the private good/public bad […]

Continue reading