In this issue, the Scottish Socialist Party’s John McAllion – former Labour MP and MSP – explains why he thinks the Scottish Labour Party is a shadow of its former self. This theme is also taken up by Labour for independence’s Allan Grogan, and SSP workplace organiser Richie Venton in his piece ‘Ructions after the referendum’.
In this issue, we look at the European Parliamentary Election results, and why UKIP’s English earthquake was not repeated in Scotland, how they managed to sneak in a Scottish seat despite their lack of impact on the ground here, and what these results mean for the prospects of a Yes vote in September.
In this issue, the SSP’s national workplace organiser Richie Venton asks why, when it comes to reporting the stance of trade unionists on the referendum, the picture is consciously distorted in the mainstream media by announcements of national union leaderships declaring their adherence to Better Together?
In this issue, published in time for May Day, Richie Venton explains why a Yes vote is the best option economically, politically and culturally for the working class in Scotland, and why Scottish independence – and the proper democracy it can bring – will be a beacon of hope for workers not only in the rest of the UK but also globally. And inside, you’ll find all the details you’ll need to donate to our indyref financial appeal. We’ve got to find £50,000 – and any contribution is welcome!
In issue #419, Colin Fox looks at the Yes campaign for Scottish independence one year on from its glitzy launch in Edinburgh, Richie Venton looks at the G8 Summit’s impending arrival in County Fermanagh, and Denise Morton looks back at the death of suffragette Emily Wilding Davidson, who threw herself in front of the King’s horse at the Derby 100 years ago in June 1913.
by Richie Venton
They poured into George Square from the four corners of Glasgow, a human tide of anger, noise and colour.
You could hear them long before they marched into the Square to assemble for the Glasgow Save Our Schools Unity March. The full-throated voices of young children mingled with the chants and singing of parents, grandparents and people who simply care about their communities. “Save Our Schools” and “We shall not be moved” were the most common songs and chants.
Over 200 marched from St Gilbert’s and Barmulloch to the assembly point. Other feeder marches thronged into the city centre from each of Victoria in Govanhill, Ruchill and Wyndford.
In total well over 1,000 gave voice to pure rage at the Labour council’s plans to butcher 25 primaries and nurseries.