Half a decade after transforming itself into a mass-membership tenants’ union, Living Rent faces existential questions about who it is for and of the relationship between its rank-and-file members and paid employees. Connor Beaton asks what lies ahead.
Despite attempting to locate themselves in the political tradition of John Maclean and James Connolly, a new collection of essays published by the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) neither conveys their republican socialist politics nor attempts to update them for the 21st century, argues Allan Armstrong
“We also need to recognise that time is fast running out for the future of people and planet and we cannot wait around for the independence of one small wealthy country or the stalling of governments across the world before we get serious action on climate.”
“Feminism isn’t only a women’s issue. Yes, it suffers for the (perhaps unfortunate) name that implies a centrality of the experience of women, but the destruction of the patriarchy is something that will improve the entire human condition, not just the women’s half.”
Allan Armstrong examines recent events in the North of Ireland, reflecting on their importance in the existential crisis facing the British state.
Elections have consequences. The independence movement shouldn’t leave it to Boris and Nicola to decide what they will be.
Bohdan Starosta previews an election which sees Scotland and its national movement facing an uncertain future.
As Glasgow City Council announce the move of Maryhill and Whiteinch libraries from historical buildings to ‘community hubs’, James Barrowman recounts the decline of Scotland’s communal architecture
Jack Ferguson reviews the results of the Netherlands’ recent election, and asks what space there is for the left in a political environment dominated by the right
Tejas Mukerji debunks the Alba Party’s claims to be a radical new force in the independence struggle, and explains why the left must quickly organise to confront their politics of reaction.