Scottish Socialists to turn up the heat on Class War Tories

The Scottish Socialist Party plans a series of protests across the four corners of Scotland as the Tory government announces its Budget this Wednesday 8th July.

SSP national trade union organiser Richie Venton, who is coordinating the actions outlined the purpose of street protests targeting the Tories.

“Wednesday 8 July will go down as one of the worst days in modern times, as George Osborne declares The Tory Butchers’ Budget. “

” He will hammer low-paid part-time workers with £5bn cuts to Tax Credits – after telling people to get out and find a job.
“The Tory Budget will hand the rich another £1bn through inheritance tax changes, but rob the poorly-paid, sick and disabled of £12bn.

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PRESS RELEASE: Greek Referendum Victory

FOX CONGRATULATES TSIPRAS ON “EXTRAORDINARY” REFERENDUM VICTORY

SSP National spokesman Colin Fox said:

“Greece’s Syriza government has stood up to the Troika’s economic terror tactics and won the backing of the Greek people despite them.”

Colin, who met Alexis Tsipras during January’s election campaign continued:

“Syriza won despite being prevented from implementing their 7 point anti austerity programme because they stood up to the threats of European bankers the IMF and their house trained supporters in Europe’s political elite.”

“That elite must now take heed of the powerful new mandate against their blackmailing that the result gives the Syriza government. More widely, the result is a warning to pro-austerity governments across Europe including here in the UK where Osborne will reveal his class war budget on Wednesday.”

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SSP backs Syriza Scotland Demo

SSP BACKS SYRIZA SCOTLAND DEMO “SCOTLAND MUST BACK THE GREEK PEOPLE AND SYRIZA AGAINST THE MONEYMEN” — FOX

SYRIZA Scotland is calling a rally outside the office of the European Commission in Edinburgh at 12 noon on Saturday the 4th of July. SSP members will join the protest in solidarity with the Greek people.

The Scottish Socialist Party has called for support for a demonstration backing the Greek government outside the EU Commission offices in Alva Street, Edinburgh on Saturday.

The Scottish Socialist Party has declared its backing for a No vote in Sunday’s referendum and called on the avowedly anti austerity SNP government to do likewise.

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SCOTTISH SOCIALISTS BACK GREEK “NO” VOTE

‘Better to break the rules than break the poor’ 

The Scottish Socialist Party today declared its solidarity and support for the Syriza Government in Greece ahead of Sunday’s referendum and called on the SNP to do likewise.

colin_foxSSP spokesman Colin Fox told us ‘Greece’s ongoing battle against crippling indebtedness and imposed neo-liberal austerity reaches a crossroads today. And the Greek people need the support of working people everywhere as never before.

For the first time a payment due to the ‘Troika’ [IMF/ECB/EU] today has not been made. The Syriza Government faced a clear choice and has rightly chosen to defy the moneymen rather than heap further misery on the impoverished Greek people.

The 1.6bn Euro debt to the International Monetary Fund due is a minor detail.

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SCOTTISH SOCIALISTS BACK CALLS TO REPEAL FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE BEHAVIOUR ACT 

The Scottish Socialist Party is today disappointed and dismayed by the Scottish Government’s commitment to retaining the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act.

In the University of Stirling report and statistics into the effect of the Act, it showed that conviction rates since introduction in 2012 are as low as 22% with only 143 convictions from 664 charges in relation to section 1 of the Act.

In addition, only 16 of those resulted in a football banning order, highlighting the highly disproportionate response from Police Scotland in the implementation of this Act to what are often petty and low-grade offences, if an offence has occurred at all.  The threating communications part of the Act has also only seen 36 people charged,

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SSP announce Thorniewood by-election candidate

Liam McCabe is to stand as the Scottish Socialist Party candidate in the Thorniewood local by-election on 9 July, the party has announced.

Liam was a prominent Labour for Independence (LFI) activist during last year’s independence referendum campaign, but left the Labour Party on 19 September and joined the SSP before the General Election last month.

Liam said: ”We are at a very important time in Scotland’s history. Politics as we know it is in flux and many people are crying out for change. We have an energised SNP and a fading Labour Party, but neither of these parties represent a genuine change in the neoliberal and austere politics of our time.

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OPPOSE TORY AND SNP CUTS TO BUILD EFFECTIVE ANTI AUSTERITY CAMPAIGN

Press Release:

Commenting on the Queen’s speech today SSP national spokesman Colin Fox said:

“This right wing programme with no mandate in Scotland threatens further austerity and attacks on both trade union and human rights while pandering to the thinly veiled racism of the Tory backbenches.”

The Scottish Socialist Party rejects the view Britain’s debts are unmanageable and we accuse the Westminster Government of conspiring to reduce the size and influence of the public sector. These cuts will again fall on the most vulnerable. Our public service provision is already inadequate before further reductions are applied.

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SCOTTISH SOCIALISTS BACK BUILDING NEW LEFT ALLIANCE

The Scottish Socialist Party has backed plans for a new left wing electoral alliance aimed at winning seats in next year’s Holyrood elections.

The decision was taken at this weekend’s SSP national conference on the recommendation of the party’s executive.

National co spokesperson and former Lothians MSP Colin Fox welcomed the decision and said:
“With the return of another Tory government determined to intensify its assault on jobs, services and trade union rights and the collapse of Labour as a working class party the need for socialist representation is now more urgent than ever.’

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