Monday, June 30, 2008
(Yahoo News, 26 June) RD
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Text in image relates to the Socialist Party Summer School held in Fircroft College,Birmingham,18 - 20 July.It says:
Friday evening - Sandy Easton on 'The Real Meaning of Religion'
Saturday morning - Mike Foster on End Times beliefs
Saturday afternoon - Howard Moss asks 'Is Socialism a Faith?'
Saturday evening - Gwynn Thomas on 'Islam, Politics and Revolution'
Sunday morning - Adam Buick on 'Evolution and the God Hypothesis'
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
(Sunday Times, 22 June) RD
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Although earnings rose by £23 a week, or 3.6%. that was outstripped by taxes, which rose 6.5%, and higher bills for essential items such as food and fuel. This week government figures showed that higher fuel and food bills had driven annual inflation to its highest level for 11 years.
The governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King , also warned that real incomes would stagnate this coming year.
The Centre for Economics and Business Research said the average family had an income of £633 a week, which was 3.6% higher than May 2007. However, it found taxes and national insurance had risen by 6.5% over that time. Adding in the effect of more expensive essential spending - such as transport fares, utility bills, food, clothes and housing - meant that these families now had, typically, just £131 left to spend on other things - a drop of 6%.
Gilleard was convicted of preparing for terrorist acts and possessing articles and collecting information for terrorist purposes. During the trial, he admitted having a collection of Nazi memorabilia, saying Nazism appealed to him because of the way the Nazis had "rebuilt" Germany.
Gilleard had written that he had wanted to "save" Britain from "multi-racial peril".
Save us from those type of saviors , is all we can say .
Monday, June 23, 2008
(Times, 20 June) RD
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Graham Meldrum Memorial Campaign vigil at Glasgow Sheriff Court August 2007 Glasgow Sheriff Court, 17 June
The Fatal Accident Inquiry into the workplace death of Dr Graham Meldrum heard employer Val Brown admit that he had no knowledge of any employers' legal health and safety responsibilities. Mr Brown was asked four times if he had knowledge of the various different laws which govern health and safety in the field of driving and lifting operations. Four times he replied simply, “No.”
Mr Brown, former boss of the Suzyline agency, was then asked if he was aware of employers' legal obligations under Section 2 of the Health and Safety Work Act 1974, which applies to everyone with a contract of employment. Again he replied “No.”
Dr Meldrum was killed when crushed by the faulty tail lift of an Allied Bakeries delivery truck at their Glasgow depot on 12 July 2005. Both Allied Bakeries and TNT Logistics UK were prosecuted and found guilty, but received only paltry fines of £17,500 and £14,000. Graham's employers, Suzyline agency, were not prosecuted, supposedly because of “lack of evidence”.
Some months after Dr Meldrum's death Mr Brown dissolved Suzyline – and then started up an agency called Staff Depot, based in Uddingston and doing the same work, as an agency supplying drivers.
...'twas ever thus..the nature of business in capitalism is such that the rewards for cutting corners are too great, to be overcome by puny legislation.
Workers need to take over the means of producing and distributing wealth on the basis of supplying needs, rather than as at present, maximising profits, before a sane system of health and safety can be implemented.
More on this story here.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Scottish Socialist Party is lucky that there isn’t a political equivalent of the Trades Description Act or they could be prosecuted for fraudulently describing what they are trying to sell as “socialism”.Historically, socialism was generally seen as a worldwide system of common ownership and democratic control in which the watchword would be “From each according to ability, to each according to need”. It would mean the end of the wages system along with money, buying and selling and the capital/labour relationship.This has been watered down over the years until even Tony Blair calls himself a socialist. Compare what socialism originally meant with the SSP’s programme of reforms of the capitalist system. The difference between Blair and the SSP is only in the detail – both are all for patching-up capitalism but cannot agree on how this should be done.
The example of the attempt of the present Scottish government, to curtail the present provisions of the bus pass for pensioners and SSP policy of free transport for all of Scotland, prompted this retort from one of the members
Reformist political parties in opposition always claim how much better everything would be if only they were in power and the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) is no exception.One of their policy documents tells us they would provide free public transport and that this, on it’s own, would bring fabulous benefits in just about every area of life.Everything would be better: the NHS, the environment, the economy, business efficiency, productivity, road safety, more tourists, etc. On top of all this there would be savings of many millions, even billions, of pounds, giving us all more spending power as well as big savings for businesses.And how is all this to be achieved? By two old leftist illusions; taxing the rich and nationalisation (disguised as public or social ownership). Apparently, nationalisation would be more efficient and cheaper, despite the evidence of past experience, and taxing the rich must mean that we’ll still have them. The source of their riches is the surplus value wrung from the working class but the SSP seem not to have noticed this.We are grateful that the word “socialism” isn’t mentioned once in this document because its contents have nothing whatever to do with socialism. The SSP’s aim is really just the same as all the other reformist parties – they try to solve capitalism’s problems by merely re-organising it. If all their proposed reforms were adopted – nationalisation, the multitude of changes in the tax system, defence budget cuts, etc., we’d still be living in a money-driven, buying and selling economy, still working for wages and salaries, still insecure, being hired and fired, in short, in capitalism.Free transport for all can really only be achieved in a worldwide, moneyless, production for use society in which ALL goods and services would be freely available to everyone. That’s what genuine socialists campaign for and what the SSP NEVER does.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
18 JUNE 8.30PM, CENTRAL COMMUNITY HALLS,
304 MARYHILL ROAD, GLASGOW
SOCIALISM AS A PRACTICAL ALTERNATIVE
JOHN CUMMING OF GLASGOW BRANCH WILL OPEN THE DISCUSSION FOR ABOUT 10 TO 15 MINUTES.
THE REST OF THE EVENING WILL BE TAKEN UP WITH YOUR QUESTIONS AND POINTS OF VIEW.
SOME OF THE IDEAS THAT WILL BE DISCUSSED ARE -
IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A WORLD WITHOUT MONEY?
CAN HUMAN BEINGS BEHAVE IN A COOPERATIVE FASHION?
IS HUMAN NATURE COMPATABLE WITH SOCIALISM?
WHO MAKES THE DECISIONS INSIDE SOCIALISM?
HOW DO WE DEAL WITH CRIME INSIDE SOCIALISM?
ADMISSION FREE ALL WELCOME
Monday, June 16, 2008
Operators have been told that fare reimbursement is to be capped.
Scottish Labour said Alex Salmond could go down in history as the first minister who "shoved Scotland's grannies off the bus".
We socialists have often made the point that any improvements workers manage to get, are always fair game for attack if governments, Scottish or any other brand, find they have to protect the taxpayer( i.e. the capitalist class)
Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson said "The bus companies have a commercial operation, they will negotiate robustly with government and we will equally make sure that we are protecting the taxpayer."
Saturday, June 14, 2008
(Daily Telegraph, 11 June) RD
Perhaps your faith will allow you to forget the dead children you ordered to die in a capitalist war, perhaps the tears of their parents will not disturb you, Mr Blair. Globalization is all important to you, what you really mean is capitalism is important to you.and all your slimey politician side kicks. RD
Friday, June 13, 2008
(BBC News, 10 June) RD
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
(New York Times, 4 June) RD
(Liverpool Daily Post, 4 June) RD
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
Sunday, June 08, 2008
(PC Magazine, 26 May) RD
(New York Times, 28 May) RD
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Friday, June 06, 2008
(New York Times, 22 May) RD
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Recently, at one of Canada’s favorite coffee Shops, Tim Horton’s, an employee gave a crying baby a tidbit, a tiny donut worth 16c retail. She was fired by the manager. It turned into a public relations nightmare as the story hit the media and the employee had to berehired but the message is loud and clear – employees have no rights to the product they produce.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
(BBC News, 20 May) RD