The Annual Conference of the SSP (Scottish Socialist Party) meets this weekend
to discuss a draft manifesto for the European elections and debate other issues
against the background of the recent events in Spain. Despite the successes over
the past period there is a growing unrest in the party over the reformist and
nationalist drift of the leadershp. The road of nationalism and reformism offers no way forward for the working
class in Scotland or elsewhere. The struggle for socialism is international or
it is nothing. We must learn the lessons of the past so that we may prepare for
Has British capitalism finally overcome what used to be called the British disease: slower growth, higher inflation, continual currency crises and a falling behind in living standards compared with the US, Europe and Japan? Growth figures actually disguise a far more diseased system that the media would like us to see.
The 2004 elections to the European Parliament, London Assembly, and local
councils were a historic defeat for Blair and the Labour leaders. Phil
Mitchinson looks at the rise of the UK Independence Party, and the lessons of
Britain's Super Thursday elections.