Cairnryan blockaders pledge to return

Michael MacLeod, seafaring RMT member, reports on last week’s blockade at Cairnryan in solidarity with sacked P&O Ferries workers. Last Friday, the RMT, fellow trade unionists and comrades from across Scotland returned to Cairnryan to show P&O Ferries that their actions in sacking 800 workers in the St Patrick’s Day Massacre have not been forgotten.…

Election 2022: Scalloway’s socialist champion bids for re-election

Six months into the pandemic, as the public health crisis and its gross mishandling in London hardened public opinion in support of Scottish independence, Shetland made a rare appearance in UK headlines. The islands’ local authority had just voted to formally explore options for achieving “financial and political self-determination”, a move seized upon by unionist…

Sporting culture and Scottish politics

What first springs to your mind when people talk about ‘culture’? Language, poetry, visual art or theatre, perhaps? If you thought of sport, you’re probably in a minority. But why? Sport is as demonstrably intrinsic to Scottish culture as Burns, bad weather and bagpipes. People in Scotland are aware of ‘their team’, the inherited legacy…