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The Peoples Railway - The Case for Nationalisation

Independent MSP and now member of the Green Party, John Finnie, looks at the private ownership of the Railways

"Many whose political ideology causes them to mock the former British Rail conveniently forget the level of public subsidy that the private companies who were given our rail network by the Thatcher government, receive."    Read More


 Seismic Shift or The Feeble 56?

The Point's Graeme McIver takes a look at the results from last week's General Election with an indepth article and asks will the SNP resist the Tories and where now for the parties of the Scottish left?

"It is perhaps fitting that in the week following the return of a majority Conservative Government Channel 4 screened a documentary entitled "The World's Most Expensive Food". Set in London, home to more billionaires than any other city on the planet, the programme presented viewers images of the super-rich consuming cups of coffee costing £300 ("It's worth it" says the supplier), alcohol from dusty bottles at £5,000 a shot and tales of a wedding where the guests consumed over 200 "gold" hot dogs. Perhaps its most surreal moment, even more so than the focus on salmon that is smoked whilst a man entertains the hanging dead fish by playing jazz music on a piano, is an unintentional modern take on the fable of The Emperor's New Clothes."      Read More


Editorial: General Election 2015 - A New Scotland Rising


 "Today, in Scotland we know we’ve just witnessed a huge, old politics smashing, milestone of an episode.  We know, however, that we are still journeying, that our adventure hasn’t ended. We in Scotland have had our victory at Helm’s Deep over Saruman – but the Dark Lord still sits in his Tower in Mordor, casting a shadow over all Middle-Earth..." Read More


Help or Hindrance - The Left Surge to the SNP

Conor Cheyne looks at the surge in socialists joining the SNP and asks the question whether or not this is a positive or negative for Scottish socialism

"For a while now, particularly following the referendum, there has been a huge increase in not only people joining the SNP but socialists and those very much on the Left joining. Another election has passed in which socialist parties across Britain have polled terribly. Despite this left wing politics in Scotland specifically have become ever more popular. I wonder, is this opening the door to socialism or is it not? The question I really want to ask though is this; Has the surge of those on the Left joining the SNP been a positive in general for socialism or has it been a negative?"       Read More 


Why I am voting SNP

Socialist and anti-cuts campaigner Gary Fraser explains why he is voting SNP on Thursday for just the second time in his life

"For more and more socialistic Scots voting SNP on May 7th is probably a no brainer yet for someone like me who is both a socialist and a public sector worker the decision to vote SNP is something I had to think long and hard about..."      Read More


The Party's Over (an Obituary for 'Scottish' Labour)

- an open letter to the people of Clydebank and all Scotland from Derek Stewart Macpherson (featuring The Hitchhiker's Guide to voting in the General Election)


"Hi. Can we talk?

There are a few things I need to get off my chest. Important things. Last year I undertook a journey. In a way it was a journey through time as well as space. A journey that crossed 13,000 miles and three decades. I came home..."      Read More


We Can Win Socialist Arguments Without the Embarassing Rhetoric

SSP Member Aiden O'Rourke discusses the need to move socialist arguments away from the phrases so often used by the left

"The other day I attended an SSP public meeting in which one of the audience members posed a question. As I listened, the length of the question grew. It then grew some more. This question continued to grow to the point that it became apparent that it was descending into a wee bit of a rant."  Read More



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