Saturday, April 18, 2020
Ten years after his first report Professor Sir Micheal Marmot shows that little has changed in terms of the health of the population. In fact things are getting worse, with stalling life expectancy. The report puts the blame on austerity - not only its impact on health services, but on the wider impact that cuts, poor housing and fewer opportunities have had on peoples lives.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
The trial and acquittal of Alex Salmond, former leader of the Scottish National Party and former First Minster of Scotland on sexual assault charges has blown open the rifts within the SNP on how to secure its principle aim of independence for Scotland. The divisions are deep and bitter with Salmond on the side of the fundamentalists and his protegee and successor Sturgeon on the other side, favouring a more cautious approach.
Monday, April 13, 2020
Andrew Murray's book is a timely reminder of the battles fought in recent decades for workers rights, peace and a host of other issues. The rise of neoliberalism under Margaret thatcher and the defeat of the Miners in 1985 marked a sharp decline in working class and socialist organisation. Today, however, the left has renewed strength, enabled by Jeremy Corbyn's time as Labour leader.