Conference: Bolshevik Revolution Centenary

The Scottish Socialist Party confirmed its internationalist outlook in the adoption of a motion from Lothians – by a large majority – agreeing to emphasise the commemoration of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

burkeTam Burke moved it, referring to the many past revolutions where the ruling class of one period was removed by the rise of a new ruling class, as the aristocracy had been replaced by the capitalist class. The Bolshevik Revolution had swept aside the old order. Unlike all others before, power passed to those who toiled, the workers and peasants. The Bolsheviks had turned the word, ideas, into the deed. Success had a huge cost. In lives from starvation, disease and disruption by armed capitalist intervention,

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National Conference: debates report

The key question to resolve at the National Conference was our relationship with RISE: Scotland’s Left Alliance, and our prior executive unanimously agreed a motion to present to the party for approval or prior amendments.We also committed to work hard to “build up the SSP’s profile as Scotland’s Socialist Party”, and “invest time and resources identifying and developing the next generation”.

There was robust criticism and appraisal of the Holyrood election campaign and the context therein from the floor.

The executive’s motion passed overwhelmingly.

Beyond this, party members presented and debated a strong seam of policy. The education motions presented immediately after the EC motion were passed, convincingly. With excellent contributions from Joanne Thomson,

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The G8 Gleneagles Summit: 10 years on

The eyes of the world were on Scotland. Over 225,000 protesters came to Edinburgh to promote the ‘Make Poverty History’ (MPH) campaign’s demands. Organised by the various churches, aid charities and NGO’s it aimed to put pressure on Gordon Brown and the G8 Finance Ministers to write off billions of uncollectable Third World debt. On the same day, the Live 8 concerts took place before the G8 summit to encourage activism and debate within the G8 member countries, with the aim of increasing political pressure on the leaders.

With hindsight, the SSP’s national co-spokesperson, Colin Fox, is critical of the tactics and expected outcome.

“The ‘MPH’ organisers were of course very naive about the politics involved and incredibly weak in their moralistic demands. 

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Response to Women For Independence’s Five Point Pledge

We welcome the petition of Women For Independence on how the election campaign should be conducted. We will only be fielding a small number of candidates where local branches have made the decision to stand. As a party we are proud that we have a 50/50 Executive Committee and a male and female co-spokesperson and co-chair. We recognise this is only the beginning though.

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SSP announces top of Regional lists for 2011 Scottish Parliament election

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.

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Free School Meals campaign history

Roz Patersonby Roz Paterson

The Scottish Socialist Party’s Free School Meals (FSM) campaign began in 2001, just two years into the SSP’s lifetime.

The plan was, and is, simple – give every state school child in Scotland a free, nutritious school lunch. That way, everyone has the opportunity to eat well every single day they attend school, taking a considerable burden off the shoulders of struggling families, removing the stigma attached to the current system, where poor kids can be identified and singled out, and raising the nutritional standards of our upcoming generation. How could it fail?

In fact, although the FSM bill has been rejected by the Scottish Parliament twice –

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