Billy McNeill – Our Captain, Our Leader, Our Manager, Our Legend: Hail, Hail Cesar

By Tommy Sheridan Monday 22nd April 2019 will forever be a date etched with pain, sorrow and tears in the hearts of Glasgow Celtic fans across the world. It is the day our Cesar passed away and a living legend left the mortal world. If there is such a place as Heaven Billy McNeill will be welcomed with open arms by Peter at the Pearly Gates and immediately given the number 5 jersey and captain’s armband in God’s team of footballing saints. Billy McNeill was not just a footballer from Scotland he was an extraordinary man who led by example […]

Continue reading

James Connolly – Scottish Socialist, Irish Rebel, International Freedom Fighter

By Tommy Sheridan I recently recorded a short two minute video for Sputnik in which I paid homage to one of Scotland’s finest sons for his role in leading an uprising against British imperialist rule in Ireland. It was a challenge to honour the socialist giant James Connolly in such a short oral piece but hopefully my admiration for him and the legacy he has left those of us who believe in social justice, national freedom and socialism is clear to all who watch it https://www.facebook.com/SputnikNews/videos/567992340349338/. Over the five day period from April 24th – April 29th 1916 James Connolly […]

Continue reading

My Independent Scotland Is Part of Europe but Not the EU

By Tommy Sheridan Political activism over a period of almost 40 years has taught me to cherish consistency and integrity but reject absolutism. Don’t ever hoist anyone so high in your mind that they are beyond criticism or reproach. Supporting individuals and political parties is normal and healthy but never on a blind loyalty, blank cheque or 100% basis. Retaining the ability to constructively criticise and even disagree with political leaders and parties is an essential prerequisite for healthy, democratic and mature engagement. The whole debate around the European Union is a case in point. Individuals I respect and often […]

Continue reading

It’s Not Personal but the Tories Are ‘Lower Than Vermin’ – Never Vote Tory

By Tommy Sheridan Detailed analysis of the effect of Tory austerity policies on the lives of ordinary folk across the dis-United Kingdom were produced last week https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/apr/06/new-tax-year-personal-allowance-benefits-national-insurance-pensions?CMP=share_btn_link and reminded me of one of the best statements in one of the best films I have ever had the pleasure of watching. ‘Brassed Off’ (1996) is a film which brilliantly illustrates the human cost of the war Thatcher and the Tories waged on the miners in 1984/85. The Tories rejoiced in the industrial vandalism they presided over, the rampant poverty and inequality they caused and the millions of hopes and dreams they […]

Continue reading

MP Property Scam May Not Be Illegal But It Is Immoral

By Tommy Sheridan During his time as the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 to 2003 I often clashed with wee David Steel. He clearly disliked my manner and consistent refusal to accept his rulings as the last word on important matters. To him I was a ruffian from a housing scheme who did not belong in the re-convened Parliament. To me he was a pompous snob who carried a chip of privilege on his shoulder and represented the cosy status quo of the British Establishment. He disliked my successful efforts to compel the Scottish Parliament to debate […]

Continue reading