Objection to Robin McAlpine speaking with Sheridan

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 rally tomorrow. You doubtless already know Sheridan is a convicted perjurer, misogynist and abuser. His ridiculous, divisive, septic antics, throwing …

One in Five campaign launch

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 with respect to disabled rights, therefore the One in Five campaign is a good fit for us. The campaign asks …

Tattooed

A guest post and short story. by Sandra Webster Gunter Hollinger had many regrets in his life. He had never married nor had children, he had seen little of the world apart from his corner of it.

Welcoming our revitalised networks

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, …

A year in review – Part 2 – April

I’m mostly going to be writing this as stream of consciousness – as I recall it happening, and my thoughts around the time. Straight into April! None of the April Fools were funny. The Scottish Greens came closest – A sneaky wee press-release on their website, entitled. “Independence is our opportunity to protect outer space.” They clearly had spies in …

A year in review – Part 1

This was the year I became a political activist worth a damn. It was also the year the paranoid proved to be prophets. I found both Scottish political year in review programmes exhausting. Rather than revisiting the past, I was reliving it. And it hurt terribly.

The last blog of Leelah Alcorn

This is the last blog of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teenager. It is a heartbreaking suicide note, about lack of support from family. After her death, that very same family pretend it wasn’t suicide, call her a boy, deletes the entire blog, and tries to hide it. No wonder, they’re obviously a big part of the problem. I don’t know …

SSP Alliance #2 – an update

In one blow, the SNP have skilfully smashed the SSP intervention – while remaining the party of unity. This is very, very clever stuff. Strictly speaking, I’d be in favour of such an intervention, for certain reasons. It presents a pro-independence cabal of outstanding candidates – many of whom did extraordinary work in Yes Scotland? I would very much like …

SSP Alliance?

The Scottish Socialist Party have explicitly endorsed a pro-independence alliance in order to silence the Labour Party in Scotland. It’s not a bad idea. “Red Tories out” is a good message for those being bitten by the Conservative Party, and ignored by HM’s official Opposition. Colin Fox, national co-spokesperson of the Scottish Socialist Party writes: ”I urge the SNP and …