This wee film brilliantly cuts through the No campaigns barrage of lies and fearmongering. ‘Better Together’ tried to have the film taken down from YouTube after there were nearly 500,000 hits on the site.The film has been re-uploaded several times.
Welcome to the Scottish Socialist Party’s new website. We hope you enjoy its many exciting new features and enhanced backroom operations. As you can see it highlights many of the political campaigns the Scottish Socialist Party is involved in.
The Scottish Socialist Party is a modern, fresh, forward-looking party which dares to be different. We despise the culture of greed, corruption and egomania which infests traditional politics. And we reject the stale, bland conformism of the mainstream parties.
Yes Scotland is now the biggest grass roots political movement this country has seen since the Anti-Poll Tax Federation 25 years ago. With 250 local groups from Shetland to Dumfries more than 10,000 volunteers are out campaigning – Leafleting, canvassing, conducting street stalls and recruitment events – every day of the week. Hundreds of public meetings have been organised to take the case for Independence to every household in the country and to every voter.
Every passing day adds its own story of ruthless exploitation and suffering for the profit of the few; its own reason why we need to muster a mass STUC demonstration in Glasgow on 1st October, to bolster the resistance to cuts from all quarters.
The STUC itself has unveiled research showing nearly half a million Scots – 17.5 per cent of people of working age – are either unemployed, under-employed or cast aside like garbage under the government title ‘economically inactive’.
That’s a waste of 500,000 lives; a dead end for young people starting out on life’s journey; and a colossal loss of potential production of socially useful goods and services.
by Raphie De Santos
The SNP was elected as a majority government in the recent Holyrood elections partly because they were seen as the best option to protect Scotland against the worst of the Coalition’s £111 billion austerity programme of cuts and tax rises. In order to do this, they face enormous challenges within the framework of this austerity programme dictated from Westminster and the new Scotland Bill which is working its way through the Westminster parliamentary system. In order to mitigate against some of the likely financial impacts of both these measures, the SNP has argued for some changes to the latter.
Their first solution the SNP put forward in their election pledge was extending their five-year council tax freeze which has already cost the public sector about £240 million in cuts while dropped their alternative to it a progressive local income tax.
by Alan McCombes
More than 150 years ago, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels called on the working class of all countries to unite and fight for a socialist world.
At a time when there were no telephones, no cars, no aeroplanes, no TV and no radio, their internationalist vision represented an extraordinary feat of historical imagination.
In today’s world of the internet, satellite TV, high-speed air travel, global capitalism and the World Social Forum, the philosophy of socialist internationalism no longer looks like a utopian flight of fantasy.
But what does socialist internationalism mean in practice?
by Kevin McVey
The Scottish Socialist Party has unveiled it’s lead candidates for the 2011 Scottish Parliament regional lists for the election to be held next May.
The list includes two former MSPs, Colin Fox and Frances Curran, SSP councillor on West Dunbartonshire council, Jim Bollan, along with leading SSP activists.
The SSP’s decision to contest all Scottish Regional lists will mean that every voter in Scotland will have the opportunity to vote for Scotland’s socialist party, founded in 1999.
The Scottish Socialist Party will campaign for the rejection of public spending cuts, for an alternative policy putting people before profit and for the core policy of the party, an independent socialist Scotland.