It’s not been an easy choice. The Leave and Remain campaigns have been absolutely bereft of anything positive to say about the future of the nation either way.
I’m for Remain. But just barely – I do not endorse the EU as it is manifested. It’s nowhere near democratic enough. more weight could be placed on the power of directly-elected representatives in the parliament than the indirectly-elected ones in the Commission, for example. Continue reading “The European Question”
Serious concerns have been raised by political activists and civic society regarding the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 (henceforth, OBFA). In coming to this debate, I am interested in free speech, online media, and fair trials. Legally, it is a wide-open bourach. Continue reading “The Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012”
Tax is back on the agenda at Holyrood. This is a good thing. I’ve never understood why taxation is looked upon as a great evil which must be avoided at all costs. Taxes are the only way that a society can … Continue reading Taxation
Right. I’ve developed a functioning web tool to make canvassing and organisation a bit easier – and would welcome any and all help to improve it.
I’ve created a stack of fake data – so anyone can jump in and improve its functionality, without exposing any of the real people’s names and addresses in the SSP or RISE’s database. Continue reading “COMRADE – a brief explanation”
I’ve been working on a software project. It’s a system to ease preparation of canvass lists, store the data therein, and use the voting and information data later on. At the RISE conference yesterday, I did a short talk on it, … Continue reading COMRADE
I don’t think I’ve managed to get over that night. I’ve really tried to, by diving into political work – and trying to develop the tools and the means of organising, and fighting future elections. Continue reading “Referendum Night”
Dear Councillors McVey and Munro, I note that Councillor Booth has a motion for council decrying the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Most of our active intelligence on TTIP is piecemeal, the process has been secretive and undemocratic. This … Continue reading Letter to local councillors on TTIP
Robin, I’ve got a great deal of time for you. You make an unconscionable case for a better way of doing politics and agitating for social and economic equality. But I protest your appearance at Tommy Sheridan’s Hope Over Fear … Continue reading Objection to Robin McAlpine speaking with Sheridan
I’m pleased to be asked to support the One in Five campaign – a campaign to encourage, empower and increase political participation amongst disabled people in Scotland. The Scottish Socialist Party’s policy platform is a remarkably progressive and inclusive one … Continue reading One in Five campaign launch
In our pursuit of equality for all, we recognise the importance of rejecting discrimination other than from class. We reject the patriarchy, we reject discrimination of age, homophobia and race. We see the need to confront these actively in wider society, including vigilance inside our own party where they manifest or as individuals. Therefore we welcome our newly revitalised networks, and future such endeavours, to ensure the marginalised have a strong voice within our party. On the women’s network. It is not enough to say that you’re for equality for women – albeit one motivated by a basic sense of … Continue reading Welcoming our revitalised networks