Posted on June 21, 2010 by EdinburghSouth&Midlothian SSP
The Scottish Socialist Party opposes the economic strategy adopted by the Tory/Liberal coalition. We propose an alternative strategy based on equality, democracy and sustainability which would deliver a better economic future for the country and a better quality of life for the people. This Alternative Budget outlines the ‘people not profit’ policies that the SSP advocates.
Read the summary here: http://scottishsocialistparty.org/economic-crisis/ssp-alternative-budget.html
Read the full document here: http://scottishsocialistparty.s3.amazonaws.com/new_pdfs/budget_2010/SSP-alternative-budget-2010.pdf
Filed under: Economy, Recession | Tagged: Alternative Budget, Conservatives, Lib Dems, Osborne, Tax the Rich | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 10, 2010 by EdinburghSouth&Midlothian SSP
There is rarely such a fine example of our economic system as Fred Goodwin — or ‘Fred the Shred’ as he was nicknamed due to his penchant for firing masses of workers. After running the Royal Bank of Scotland into the ground, costing the taxpayer hundreds of billions of pounds, and then walking off with a multi-million pound retirement package, he has now moved into a new Edinburgh home costing £3.5 million.
While millions face unemployment, bankruptcy and eviction due to the global economic crisis that he helped set in motion, he continues to live a life of luxury without a care in the world.
Now, it would be wrong to personalise this as being all about Fred Goodwin himself; rather, this is, in microcosm, global capitalism as it currently stands. The capitalist class makes millions during the boom and retires with further millions after the bust; meanwhile the rest of us are left to pay the bill and suffer the consequences.
Welcome to the Lab/Lib/Con ‘fairness agenda’.
We at the SSP believe that another world is possible; that those who caused the crisis should pay for it, and that the working classes shouldn’t have to sacrifice their standard of living so that another failed banker can move into a bigger house or hire a new servant.
Filed under: Cuts, Economy, Recession | Tagged: casino capitalism, Fred Goodwin, Fred the Shred | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 10, 2010 by EdinburghSouth&Midlothian SSP
Children in Glasgow join a sit-in to keep their primary school open.
“MORE than £20 million of secret education cuts are being lined up by city council chiefs, it emerged today.” reports the Edinburgh Evening News (click here for the full story). This after a attempts to close numerous schools last year and in 2008 , as well as the more recent attempts to close community centres in Gorgie, Wester Hailes, Oxgangs, Colinton and elsewhere, which host essential Sure Start programs, after-school clubs, social clubs and educational programs .
If nothing else, a crisis is very good at revealing priorities, and it’s clear that the SNP/Lib Dem Edinburgh council has theirs very wrong indeed.
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Posted on April 26, 2010 by EdinburghSouth&Midlothian SSP
Trident, unemployment, inequality and cuts versus an Independent Socialist Scotland.
Filed under: Cuts, Economy, Election News, Independence, Recession, Trident | Tagged: Party Political Broadcast | Leave a comment »
Posted on April 25, 2010 by EdinburghSouth&Midlothian SSP
When: Tuesday 27th April, 7.30pm
Where: St Brides Centre, Orwell Terrace (click for map)
Speakers: Colin Fox, SSP National spokesman & Parliamentary candidate for Edinburgh South West
Aidan Murphy, Save Gorgie Memorial Hall Campaign
Sandra Young, Platform Adult Learning Project
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