Other News

Tommy Sheridan – a socialist fighter on a worker’s wage

Glasgow North East by-election
By Ray Gunnion, International Socialists (CWI in Scotland)

Tommy Sheridan is standing in the Glasgow North East by-election on 12 November. Standing as a “Workers’ MP on a Worker’s Wage” for Solidarity – Scotland’s Socialist Movement – Tommy contrasts strongly with the disgraced former incumbent, Michael Martin (now Lord Martin of Springburn), whose resignation as Speaker and as an MP, triggered this by-election, in an area that has been represented by Labour since 1935.

News in brief – October 2009

Electricity price rip-off – More pay rises for the rich – £106 million wasted on consultants – Bosses spell out attacks on third level education – Scrap Invest NI

By Owen McCracken, Socialist Party

NIE’s decision to cut electricity bills by a mere 5% from October will mean little to those currently living in fuel poverty in Northern Ireland. After electricity prices rocketed by 52% between July 2008 and January 2009, NIE has now reduced bills by a mere 15.8% over a period when wholesale fuels costs have fallen by 40%. This situation is a direct result of privatisation. As householders are being ripped off this company is exploiting its monopoly position to make huge profits. The only way to provide affordable energy is to bring NIE back into public ownership and run it democratically in the interests of ordinary working people.

Review – A ‘dis-Service’ to Leon Trotsky

Review of Trotsky, a Biography by Robert Service

Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) General Secretary

This book is very thick – running to 600 pages – but is very thin when it comes to an honest political examination and analysis of the ideas of Leon Trotsky, the subject of Service’s tome.

Stop the cuts, bring down the government

All out on 6 November – for a 24 hour General Strike!

By Stephen Boyd, Socialist Party

There can be no doubting that Ireland is a country of ‘Them and Us’. For them: NAMA’s (National Assets Management Agency – a new body set up by the government to preside over the buying up of bad debts from Ireland’s banks) €54 billion bank bailout, €216,000 expenses for ceann-comhairle (parliament speaker), John O’Donoghue. For us: pay cuts, social welfare cuts, child benefit cuts, health cuts, education cuts and new taxes. €4 billion worth of cuts this December are to hit the quality of life of every working class man, woman and child!

Elections – Socialist Party to stand in General Election

The Socialist Party is to stand candidates in the upcoming general election in the South Belfast and the East Belfast constituencies and is considering running in other constituencies in order to provide working class people a real reason to go and vote.