Tuesday, June 11, 2019
NATO was founded in the Cold War to advance the West's interests. 70 years on, despite the end of the Soviet Union it continues that purpose, expanding further and threatening "foes". It and its members have been implicated in recent wars which have brought misery to peoples and made our planet a dangerous place.
Monday, June 10, 2019
The development of communications and information technology has meant that conflict between states and covert operations have entered a new dimension. In the media here it is countries like Russia and China that are blamed for this but the West too engages in cyber warfare. Britain, the US and others have been involved in hacking and interfering in the politics of other countries.
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Half of all council tax receipts now go on PFI interest payments. How did we get to the situation where working class people and impoverished communities are pouring money into the pockets of big companies?
Saturday, June 8, 2019
From post war ideals of planning towns and land use to benefit people recent years have seen the balance divisively shift in favour of private developers. Nevertheless the Town and Country Planning Association has set out ambitious and radical proposals to reverse this trend and create places of beauty and opportunity for people to live in.
Friday, June 7, 2019
The Red Paper Collective publication, Time for a Radical Scottish Parliament and MSP Neil Findlay's book Socialism and Hope survey the political scene in Scotland and suggest ways forward for the left and the Scottish people.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Book review. A thought provoking read which follows the story of a US academic whose parents left the Soviet Union in the 1970s. He returns to capitalist Moscow in 2008 and the novel documents his struggle to adapt and the dilemmas he encounters in his life there.
Sunday, February 17, 2019
The Tories and the media are consumed with the unfolding Brexit crisis. However, beyond that they are still the party of the wealthy, wreaking destruction in every area of our public services, in peoples' lives and in the economy.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
The Tories handling of Brexit has been monumentally incompetent and the powers that be are still attempting to reverse the Leave vote. But they face big challenges as they do not wish to be seen to be completely undemocratic. Hence the reason for promoting a second referendum. Yet all that hangs in the balance, with no guarantee of the outcome of such a vote.