Download Scottish Socialist Voice Issue 421In this issue we look at the ‘Wonga vs The Bishop’ loans row. Rather than scrapping over how much a loan should cost, the real debate should centre on why thousands of people have to survive each month on pay cheques that only last two weeks, filling the gap with loans.

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Scottish Socialist Voice – Issue 419

Download Scottish Socialist Voice 419In 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.

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Download Scottish Socialist Voice Issue 418 In issue #418, the Radical Independence Campaign’s Liam O’Hare, Voice editor Ken Ferguson and author Alan Bissett look at Nigel Farage’s ridiculous decision to launch UKIP’s Aberdeen Donside by-election from the centre of Edinburgh, and Richie Venton looks at how we can fight the Tories’ hated Bedroom Tax, as demands for these extra payments from the most vulnerable – dreamt up by Westminster cabinet multi-millionaires – start hitting home.

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Independence From The Tories

by Richie Venton

With 630,000 members, the Scottish trade union movement makes up a huge slice of the population, both when it comes to fighting attacks on our lives and conditions right now, and in shaping Scotland’s future.

So it’s encouraging that the recent STUC conference in Perth agreed a whole raft of progressive policies which, if implemented, would offer stiff resistance to the plunder of our communities by Westminster, and help shape a fairer, less unequal and more secure future for the next generation.

But this also raises the issue of where the unions stand on the Referendum – an issue which the same conference smothered in fudge.

One of the central battles facing workers and their communities is the mind-boggling savagery of cuts to jobs,

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A common programme – progressive vision for Yes campaigners.

by Ken Ferguson

The Scottish Socialist Party has agreed to seek discussions with other progressive parties and campaigns on the pro-independence left to explore the possibility of reaching an agreed set of policies for a post Yes Scotland.

Agreed by the party’s conference in Edinburgh the approach aims to explore the areas of agreement on a wide range of policies such as housing, jobs and the environment reflecting the left of centre consensus in Scottish society.

It is the recognition that this consensus needs to be more clearly part of the broad campaign for a Yes vote that underpins the SSP’s initiative in order to provide a broad policy programme reflecting the reality of what the progressive left would want to achieve in an independent Scotland.

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