Universal provision – strike a blow against poverty and stigma

by Scott Macdonald Every once in a while, the battle between selectivity and universal provision rises. From Johann Lamont MSP’s particularly odious “Scotland cannot be the only something-for-nothing country in the world” promotion of selectivity in 2012, to the current discussion around free period products being brought forward by Monica Lennon MSP’s members bill. We […]

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Trade unions must become advocates of independence and socialism

Richie Venton, SSP National Workplace Organiser The public declaration in favour of a second referendum on Scottish independence by current general secretary of the STUC, Grahame Smith, is not only extremely welcome, but of profound significance. In truth, Grahame is applying the ABCs of democracy; the right of the Scottish people to determine their own future, […]

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Independence essential to ending Tory rule

Quoting Colin Fox, National Co-Spokesperson | 15/12/19 Faced with 5 years of Tory minority rule the case for independence is now more urgent than ever, said the Scottish Socialist Party. In a statement following a Glasgow meeting of the party’s executive, National Spokesperson Colin Fox underlined our support for independence for Scotland. It is now […]

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Victory to the UCU Strikers!

Richie Venton, SSP National Workplace Organiser Nobody likes to strike, nobody likes to lose 8 days’ salary, nobody likes to cancel classes. But honestly, I’m exhausted. That one comment from a striking UCU member encapsulates the conditions that have driven over 40,000 staff in 61 universities—twelve of them in Scotland—to take eight days’ strike action […]

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