SCOTTISH SOCIALISTS CONDEMN PARIS ATTACKS, WARN MORE WAR NO ANSWER

The Scottish Socialist Party condemns the vile acts of terrorism which have taken the lives of so many in Paris.

We also note that, flowing from the criminal war launched a decade ago by Bush and Blair, similar atrocities are commonplace across the Middle East and beyond.

Attempts to link the Paris attacks to the mass influx of refugees this summer is to blame the victims of Western policies for the consequences that they have visited on those who launched military interventions in the region fanning the flames of groups such as ISIS.

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The SSP stands four square with the thousands of people fleeing war and terror and repeats without reservation refugees are welcome here.

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Scottish Socialists Stand in Blantyre – SAVE OUR SERVICES

Sean Baillie is to stand as the Scottish Socialist Party’s candidate for the Blantyre council by-election on 10th December, the party has announced. Sean is an electrician who was born and brought up in the old mining town where rich working class pride still thrives to this day.

On current politics and his reasons for standing, Sean said: “We are in the middle of an all-out assault on the working class driven by the Tories. Public services are being slaughtered and workers rights hammered while unemployed and low paid workers are being squeezed further. People on social security, migrant workers and refugees are set up as scapegoats in an attempt to split us while money is diverted to failing economic policy and tax cuts for the wealthiest.

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SSP CONDEMNS ‘ENGLISH VOTES FOR ENGLISH LAWS’

The Scottish Socialist Party today condemned David Cameron’s ‘English Votes for English Laws’ Bill and reminded him Westminster is not the English Parliament.

Colin Fox, National co-spokesperson of the Scottish Socialist Party, reminded David Cameron that Westminster is not the English Parliament saying: “English Votes for English Laws is the Tories revenge on the independence movement. It is the prize Tory backwoodsmen in the Shires demanded following their victory in last years referendum.

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GOVERNMENTS IN LONDON AND HOLYROOD MUST PROTECT SCOTLAND’S STEEL INDUSTRY

The last remaining Scottish steel plants in Motherwell and Cambuslang threatened with closure by Tata should be taken into public ownership to protect jobs, communities and Scotland’s industrial base – SSP national spokesman Colin Fox said today.

Fox who was brought up in Motherwell and whose family worked in the steel industry for decades said:

“Scotland cannot afford to lose its last steel making plants. Hundreds of skilled jobs and dozens of communities depend on them. The social costs of closure would be huge. Governments in London and in Scotland must act and if necessary take these vital facilities into public ownership.”

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SCOTTISH SOCIALISTS SLAM SNP “SURRENDER” OVER WATER PRIVATISATION

SSP spokesman Colin Fox today criticised the Scottish Government’s privatisation of non-domestic water supplies to the NHS,Scottish Parliament, schools, prisons and local councils as a “further meek surrender to Tory philosophy.”

Fox said : “Awarding this £320million public contract to a private company Anglian Water exposes the Scottish Governments anti-privatisation promises.”

“Hiding behind the excuse that the EU forces them to privatise these contracts they have once again run up the white flag on defending public services in Scotland from attack. Where was the campaign of opposition to this proposal? The public would have been completely behind them.”

‘SNP Infrastructure Minister Keith Brown claims ‘This is the best deal for Scotland’. That is not good enough.’

“Sadly we are seeing a pattern of behaviour emerge here as the SNP also squandered the chance to take the Scotrail contract back into public hands.

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Scottish Socialists Slam Ewing’s Public Energy Rejection

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The Scottish Government has rejected calls for the nationalisation of energy from new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Fergus Ewing, minister for Business, Energy and Tourism wants the UK Government to give even more public money to the oil and gas private sector – on top of the billions in subsidies they already get, and further assurances that their taxes will not rise.

Allan Grogan, SSP Energy spokesperson argues: “The future of our energy resources will shape not only our energy production but also our manufacturing industry and environment. In light of this it is essential that the important decisions that need to be made in the oil and gas industry are made by those with the best interests of the nation and its people at heart –

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Corbyn election won’t resolve Scottish Labour crisis

The “astonishing” election of Jeremy Corbyn as UK Labour leader won’t resolve the existential crisis gripping the right wing Scottish Labour Party said SSP national spokesman Colin Fox today.

fox_850x450Reacting to the news that Jeremy Corbyn had won Labour’s leadership election Colin Fox said:

“This astonishing result has confounded the Labour establishment and represents humiliation for his New Labour opponents and political has-beens like Tony Blair, Alistair Campbell and John McTernan. I warmly congratulate Jeremy on his victory.”

“At a UK level I believe that the result is a symptom of a deep seated existential crisis in Labour rather than a solution for it. “

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“WHERE’S THE BEEF” WITH FIRST MINISTER’S ‘TIMID’ LEGISLATIVE PROGRAMME?

SSP national spokesman Colin Fox today described the Scottish Government’s Legislative programme as “timid’ adding it represented merely ‘more warm words which leave ingrained social equality untouched”.

Colin said :

colin_fox“Where’s the beef? The First Minister made much of the 500 firms signed up to her £7.85 an hour ‘real living wage’ but omitted to say that even official Westminster figures show working people need to be earning £10/hour to pay their own way and stop qualifying for top up benefits. Nicola Sturgeon needs to do far better than this if poverty pay is to be eradicated in Scotland.”

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