Thatcher Stole Essential Industries – Time to Take Them Back

In every UK and Scottish election since 1997 I have helped to write socialist manifestos. Many of the policies which were dismissed as extreme or unrealistic by the grey suited middle class ‘mainstream’ have gone on to become ‘mainstream’ solutions to societal problems. Campaigning for re-nationalisation of the rail network and formerly publicly owned energy companies used to be dismissed as the politics of the past and unaffordable. Now these policies are at the heart of Corbyn’s Labour party and find favour within the SNP in Scotland. Public ownership is seen as the future not the past. When the useful […]

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Huge Indy March in Edinburgh – SNP Must Not Delay Calling IndyRef2

If a crowd in excess of two million had descended on London to demand a Brexit No-Deal or a new Brexit referendum it would have been afforded wall to wall coverage on the electronic media and copious newspaper front page headlines and inside analysis across the UK press. Yet an equivalent crowd braved the cold and heavy rain to march through the streets of Edinburgh on Saturday in support of Scottish independence and it hardly merited a mention in the British unionist media. Commentators who didn’t even bother to attend were wheeled out to pour scorn on the turnout by […]

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The Tories are the Party of the NHS? – LOL!

I listened to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s forty-five minute speech intently. I even paused it a couple of times to answer two phone calls. I didn’t want to miss anything. To say I was underwhelmed would be an understatement. If this was an after dinner speech you would be suggesting the booking agent be changed forthwith and the speaker’s fee withheld. He rambled and mumbled and threw out rhetorical questions that bombed like stink bombs in a lift. ‘We are a pro-European party’ he shouted, ‘we love Europe don’t we?’ he asked. The reaction in the hall of English nationalist […]

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Don’t Close Down Private Schools – Open Them Up to All Children

The Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn has earned the right to throw off the Red Tory tag which for the last two decades has accurately summed up their policies and vision. Corbyn and his closest aides have dragged that party, often screaming and kicking, back to the radical anti-capitalist roots from which it was born. The long-overdue decision taken at their Party Conference last week to abolish private schools is a striking example of their newfound radicalism. Private schools are a symbol of elitism and privilege that serve to perpetuate and sustain the class-divided society that the UK represents. Those […]

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The General Election Ahead Must Be the ‘Independence Election’

I have been invited to address the massive All Under One Banner (AUOB) march and rally planned for next Saturday, October 5th, in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh. I spoke last year after over 100,000 had marched through the city in a sea of colour, vibrancy and hope for a new dawn independent from the Westminster restrictions and shenanigans. In those days it was merely the Malevolent May government that we sought escape from with it’s cold and cruel austerity policies that condemned over 14 million adults to poverty, including 9 million working households whose wages were woefully inadequate given […]

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