Carlo Morelli

Respectable

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The moment I read the first sentence of this book I knew I’d made a mistake agreeing to write a review of it. Determining class based upon whether you call dinner “tea” or “lunch” doesn’t bode well for a book which seeks to focus upon the nature of class in Britain today.
Nevertheless, I’d agreed to write it so it was too late to change my mind.

Scotland, the SNP and the future of socialist politics

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The SNP’s dramatic rise in membership and electoral popularity between the referendum in September 2014 and the general election in May 2015 has had a remarkable effect on UK politics. It is an effect the left in Scotland and the UK will have to understand in the months ahead, especially so since in just 12 months elections to the Scottish Parliament take place, followed in 2017 by UK-wide council elections.

An alternative for Scotland

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The radical left has a real opportunity to build on the referendum vote, argues Carlo Morelli, as neither the "austerity-lite" of the Labour Party nor the SNP's "one nation" addresses the needs of the working class.

The Scottish Independence referendum in September 2014 marked a watershed in Scottish politics. It created a dynamic change in Scottish politics and arguments as to the implications for the future. Central to this debate is the question of class, as it was the movement of the working class that determined both the outcome of the referendum and its consequences.

Scotland: Labour for Independence

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Two events last month indicate the growing importance of socialist ideas and the working class vote within the independence debate. In Kirkcaldy, Fife, Tommy Sheridan, the former Socialist MSP, spoke to a meeting of over 200. In the space of a few weeks the video of the meeting has clocked up over 74,000 views (and rising) on YouTube.

Class, Nation and Socialism

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Edited by Pauline Bryan and Tommy Kane, Red Paper Collective, £7.99

Class, Nation and Socialism represents the third Red Paper on Scotland and, following the previous volumes, charts both the failings of the country's capitalist development and the potential for an alternative economic strategy.

As such it provides valuable detail of the extent of social inequality, poor housing, health and welfare that will be of interest to socialists, trade unionists and activists.

Electing to Fight

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Carlo Morelli, Joe Hartney and Mike Gonzalez examine the success of the Scottish socialists, while Michael Lavalette explains how he won in Preston.

The political landscape of Scotland was transformed on 1 May, with the election of six Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) MSPs to the Scottish Parliament. In the face of Blair and New Labour across Britain, we cannot overestimate how important it is that a party that openly talks about socialism and is consistently anti-war has won mass support. Even the most reticent bourgeois commentators agree on that.

Labour's Pains

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Huw Williams (March SR) correctly identifies the scale of the crisis facing the Labour Party.

Here in Scotland the Labour Party managed to defeat an anti-war amendment put by rebel labour MSP John McAfflon by just 5 votes at the Scottish Parliament. After the vote health minister Malcolm Chisholm made clear he only voted against it due to loyalty to the Labour Party, but is now prepared to publicly speak on anti-war platforms.

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