Brazil is a place of many contradictions, inequalities and social struggles with no easy answers. Many have failed to either minimise or even address these problems in the past, but no one has shown so much disregard for them as current president Jair Bolsonaro does. At least, not since the days of dictatorship that plunged […]
Month: March 2019
Truth, truth stares in our face…
Available FREE on iTunes and Podbean In this episode, self confessed bald white guy, Neil Scott, lectures us on racism, Brexit and the media of the billionaires; Nathália Urban on the rise of femicide cases in Brazil Music; the Scottish Socialist Party’s Richie Venton on 1919 – revolt on the Clyde and Lagan, The Wakes lead singer, Paul […]
Why I support trans rights
This week I signed a letter supporting trans rights which led, inevitably, to a couple of fairly lively days on twitter. Twitter is very much the wrong forum on which to discuss such a polarised issue, so I was pleased when Ungagged asked me to write about this subject as it allows me to expand […]
Review – Gerald Horne – The Counter-Revolution of 1776
The George Collins Book Club When you’re so desperate for book recommendations that you turn to a bald twenty-something burnout for help. Gods above help you. Gerald Horne – The Counter-Revolution of 1776 “[White nationalists] have this very naïve view of the United States. They want to cling to this idea of the Founding Fathers […]
It’s better this way……….
The purposefully timed departure from the Labour party of several Blairite members has drawn myriad responses from rank and file members and the press over recent weeks. The latter have in the main hailed the possibilities of what a new centrist, neoliberal party could bring to Uk politics. Guardian opinion pieces rejoiced in a moment […]
April is an organiser at the National Union of Workers, Victoria, and former staffer to Scottish Labour MSP Malcolm Chisholm. She worked on the 2015 Corbyn leadership campaign and has worked with various campaign groups and think tanks, including Labour friends of Palestine and the Middle East (LFPME), the Fabian Society where she was assistant […]
Have Counterfire a New Policy of Ignoring Racism?
Just had a look at this Counterfire thing which was handed to me by a young dude during the Anti-Tommy Robinson demo outside the BBC in Salford the other day. I kind of wish I could quote from it, skewer a few flaky chunks for inspection, but unfortunately I chucked it in the recycling shortly […]
Moggy, Trump and Wave Yer Wullie…
Available FREE on iTunes and Podbean This is the first instalment of our March 19 Pod. We have three contributors; Debra Torrance on “Jacob Rees Mogg’s penis jokes and the impending Brexit apocalypse. Is nuclear annihilation better than Brexit? Least it’s nice and sunny 🙂 wave a wullie under a Snapchat filter.” Ola from Ola’s Kool Kitchen on […]
What is a Section 30 order and why will we never get one again for a referendum?
The right to hold a referendum on Scottish independence is a reserved power under the Scotland Act 1998 so the Scottish Parliament has no power to put in place legislation to hold one. That power is reserved to the Westminster Parliament. Under the Edinburgh Agreement of the 15th of October 2012 the Westminster Parliament agreed […]