“When things fall apart, healthy debate itself often degrades as well, veering away from the political towards impugning motives and general mistrust. A cloud descended on an already dysfunctional organisation, leading us to what happened on 31st January.”
As the independence movement enters a new stage, Allan Armstrong looks at the current political landscape through the lens of ‘republicanism for slow learners’.
“The SNP National Assembly came amidst rising tensions within the party over the best route to take should the UK government refuse its consent for Scotland to hold a legally binding referendum in the life of the next Holyrood parliament.”
RSP member Lorena Serantes explores ideological shifts within the Catalan political parties ahead of next week’s crucial election.
RSP member J. William Gallacher offers comments on the Dumfries TUC debate between federalism and independence.
Rowan Fortune, a London-based member of the English and Welsh organisation Anti*Capitalist Resistance, explores a very British oppression and the hope that solidarity can offer.
Paul Inglis, co-ordinator of the RSP’s working group on relationships with mass organisations, considers the history of the ‘united front’.
“The abrupt sacking of drugs minister Joe FitzPatrick is a clear indictment of the government’s poor record, but it’s unlikely that the pre-election mini-reshuffle will bring about a genuine shift in approach and outcome.”
Tejas Mukerji responds to the controversial speech by the UK’s minister for women and equalities.
Allan Armstrong refreshes our knowledge of the key concepts of exploitation, oppression and alienation, and suggests new ways in which the latter can be applied to deepen our analysis of the ‘National Question’.