Revolutionaries in the Gorbals – one hundred years on from Red Clydeside By Henry Bell

30 November 2018 — Open Democracy

As the First World War drew to a close, John Maclean – the ‘accuser of capitalism’ – was seen as the most dangerous man in the country – but he was released from jail to a hero’s welcome.

Image: John Maclean, from the cover of Pluto Press’s book “John Maclean, Hero of Red Clydeside”

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What Next? Post-It Series #2 By S. Artesian

24 June 2016 — The Wolf Report: Nonconfidential analysis for the anti-investor

Logical question, not that anything at all has been accomplished, but still…..the votes are in and Britain, temporarily,  has voted to exit the European Union.  Temporarily…not temporarily the exit stuff; but temporarily the “Britain” part, because Scotland and Northern Ireland voted remain.  So it’s England and Wales, or soon will be. Cameron and Osborne and Johnson and Corbyn and Farage will have accomplished what the Scots couldn’t, or didn’t want to, the dissolution of their union with England.

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RISE: Scotland’s Left Alliance By Ken Ferguson

17 September 2015 — MRZine

RISE: Scotland’s Left Alliance By Ken Ferguson

One year on from the historic Scottish independence referendum politics here are utterly changed.

The long dominant Labour Party, which opted to campaign against independence — alongside the Conservatives, loathed by the big majority of Scots voters, and the now virtually demolished Liberal Democrats in the Better Together alliance — reaped the whirlwind at the UK general election in May.

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Media Lens: ‘Bullying’ – BBC Political Editor’s Bizarre Term For The Public Resisting The Establishment

25 August 2015 — Media Lens

The BBC’s Nick Robinson has made a career out of telling the public what leading politicians say and do; sometimes even what they ‘think’. This stenography plays a key role in ‘the mainstream media’, given that a vital part of statecraft is to keep the public suitably cowed and fearful of threats from which governments must protect us. The ‘free press’ requires compliant journalists willing to disseminate elite-friendly messages about global ‘peace’, ‘security’ and ‘prosperity’, uphold Western ideology that ‘we are the good guys’, and not question power deeply, if at all.

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Media Lens: ‘Dark Omens’ And ‘Horror Shows’: Scottish Independence, Power And Propaganda

15 September 2014 — Media Lens

Established power hates uncertainty, especially any threat to its grip on the political, economic and financial levers that control society. And so it is with elite fears that the United Kingdom, formed by the 1707 Acts of Union, could be on the verge of unraveling.

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Police State UK: Democratic rights under attack in Scotland By Steve James

6 February 2014 — WSWS

An unprecedented police and legal clampdown is underway in Scotland. Primarily directed against young people, an escalation of stop and search measures has been unearthed by a recent report from Edinburgh University. According to the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, the rate with which particularly youth are stopped in working class areas of Scotland is far in excess of comparable figures for London and New York.

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Celebrating the Spirit of Envy By Alastair McIntosh

2 December 2013 — Greanville Post

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What most struck me last week about Boris Johnson’s speech canonising Margaret Thatcher and thereby, paving the way for his own beatification, was how deeply and intimately familiar it all sounded. Let me explain. I was born in Doncaster in 1955 and from 1960, raised and educated on the Isle of Lewis, the son of a Scottish (doctor) father and English (nurse) mother. Continue reading