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As part of the Morning Star daily socialist newspaper's series of educational events, Scotland's Fife held a well-attended event on May 1st on the impact of the Russian Revolution on the Britain, and the demand for real democracy.

Tam Kirby, leading People's Assembly activist and member of the Communist Party leadership, unfolds the most amazing story of ordinary working people being empowered and organised - and the ruling class's war on that burgeoning grassroots democratic progress.

Councils of Action were formed local across the nation, powerful and effective local organisations combining trade unions working together hand-in-glove with local communities - championing easily understood messages which encapsulated the concerns of the community.

This is a thrilling exploration of a high point of positive & creative militancy in Britain. This is in no way a walk down some kind of memory lane - it is a call to learn the best of our movement's successful history, to learn from mistakes, to take off our blinkers and look at the reality that multitudes of ordinary people face daily, and get together with an easily understood message and defeat the establishment and it's peddling of austerity politics.

Scottish Labour should follow Corbyn’s lead in free bus travel for those under 25. Richard Leonard has an opportunity to grasp the youth vote by the scruff of the neck and take the policy further.

Throughout Scotland young people are suffering as a result of rising living costs, lack of geographically accessible jobs and of course high stress employment with relatively low pay.

The policy itself could save young people hundreds if not thousands of pounds each year but we can go further.

Upon taking the railways into public ownership we could offer free travel nationwide to the youth and ultimately break down a number of barriers to young people trying to make their way in life whether it be through work or education.

It is worth mentioning that rural areas within Scotland 48% of young people felt they could not take on employment due to transport costs and 30% were the same in terms of education or training. The issue isn’t solely with rural parts however as up to 20% of the countries communities fall into the high risk category when it comes to affordability of transport. It is clear to see that providing youth’s free access to both trains and buses could seriously address a number of issues.

This would allow young workers and students to travel freely across the country and could perhaps aid in alleviating youth unemployment, as people could look for and take up jobs in other areas without the financial burden of rising train and bus fares.

Ultimately such a policy would not only offer financial benefits for young people but also environmental. According to Labour their current policy at UK level would create ‘lifelong increases’ in public transport usage. With more people opting for public transport it would reduce carbon emissions and air pollution with ultimately fewer people on the roads.

North of the border it is Labour and the SNP who are battling for the support of young people after last June’s general election. Now with the Labour Party at UK level endorsing such policies and encouraging what is essentially municipal socialism, Richard Leonard should start developing similar ideas so that Labour in government locally and nationally can initiate such progressive plans. Scottish Labour can encourage and incentivise public ownership locally, leading the way in a Scotland where our services work for people and not profit.

There is only one serious party in Scotland who want to take services back into public hands and that is Labour. We have an opportunity to show we are the party for young people and with a bit of imagination and courage finally take the gauntlet from the SNP.

Grant Aitken (20)

Campaign for Socialism- Executive Member

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Let our Past inspire our Future!

A series of Scotland-wide events that celebrate and explore working class culture and achievement, with a view to being inspired today to take forward the struggle for a better society and a fairer world!

It's coming yet, for a' that, that man to man the world o'er, shall brithers be for a' that.

Everyone is welcome.  There is no charge.  A collection will be taken to help defray expenses.  

Russian Rev anniversaryABERDEEN
Eisenstein’s October: film
Speaker Tommy Campbell
Unite Offices, 44 King St, AB24 5TJ
Thursday 5 October

AYRSHIRE
Film: Britain in Palestine 1917 – 1948
North West Kilmarnock Area Centre,
Western Road, Kilmarnock
7.30 p.m. Wed, 18 October


PAISLEY
Tuesday, 5 December
The Russian Revolution
Speaker Lindsay Barlow
Chair: Colin Mack, Paisley TUC
7 p.m. Paisley Town Hall

DUMFRIES
The Battle of the Ebro
Speaker: Rab O’Donnell
Friday 26 January
7 p.m. Tam O’Shanter, 113-117 Queensberry St.
Dumfries DG1 1BH


CLYDEBANK
Ten Days that Shook the World
Tam Kirby
7 p.m, Clydebank Town Hall
Wednesday, 7 February

LANARKSHIRE
Workers’ struggles in the Lanarkshire Steel Industry
Speaker Allan Raby
Tuesday 7 March
7 p.m. Blantyre Miners Welfare

EDINBURGH
Tuesday 20 March
1932 Belfast and Edinburgh United against Unemployment
Speakers: Tommy Campbell, Murray Swan and John Swinburne
7 p.m. Augustine Church Centre, 41 George IV Bridge


FIFE
The Russian Revolution and its Impact on British Politics
Speaker: Tam Kirby
Tuesday 4 April
7 p.m. Lochgelly Centre


DUNDEE
Dundee – Women’s Town
Speaker: Pauline Rourke
Tuesday 1 May
7 p.m. DVA. 10 Constitution Road, DD1 1LL


GLASGOW
Lenin’s Gramaphone
Speaker: Alistair Findlay
Tuesday 6 June
7 p.m. Partick Burgh Hall


EDINBURGH
The Balfour Declaration, Palestine
and Britain’s division of the Middle East
Speaker: Rab Paterson
Tuesday 3 July
.7 p.m. Augustine Church Centre, 41 George IV Bridge

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ABERDEEN
Friday 25 November
The Life and Times of Aberdeen’s International Brigaders
Neil Cooney, Nina Londragan and Tommy Campbell
7 p.m. Town House, Broad St, Aberdeen, AB10


PAISLEY
Tuesday, 6 December
Connolly, 1916 and Scotland
Steven Coyle and Keith Stoddart
Chair: Colin Mack, Paisley TUC
7 p.m. Paisley Town Hall
in conjunction with the 1916 Rising Centenary Committee – Scotland


IRVINE
Thursday, 23 February
Happy Lands Film on the 1926 General Strike
7.30 p.m. Volunteer Rooms.
High St, KA12 0BA


LANARKSHIRE BLANTYRE
Tuesday 7 March
The Caterpillar Occupation:
Richard Leonard, John Gillen,
John Brannan
Chair Elaine Smith
Blantyre Miners Welfare, Calder ST


EDINBURGH
Tuesday 14 March
James Connolly, Jim Larkin and the 1907
Belfast Dockers Strike
Tommy Campbell,
7 p.m. Augustine Church Centre, 41 George IV Bridge


FIFE
Tuesday 4 April
Robin Page Arnot: Historian of the Scottish Miners, Communist and Revolutionary Leader
Tom Kirby
7 p.m. Lochgelly Centre, Bank Street, KY5


DUNDEE
Tuesday 2 May
Ten Days that Shook the World
Tam Kirby
DVA. 10 Constitution Street, DD1 1LL


DUMFRIES
Tuesday 6 June
Bertold Brecht
Sandra Trotter
7 p.m. Tam O'Shanter
113-117 Queensberry St.
Dumfries DG1 1BH.


EDINBURGH
Tuesday 4 July
Class Struggle and Pre-Capitalist Society
Paul McFarlane
7 p.m. Augustine Church Centre, 41 George IV Bridge

Thursday 19th March, 7.00pm

Presented by Greater Glasgow HOPE not hate, In association with Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival.

2015 march hnh daughter troubles film

Daughters of the Troubles: Belfast Stories is a one hour documentary by Emmy award winning producer; Marcia Rock and narrated by Anjelica Huston focuses on the role of women throughout the ‘troubles’ in Belfast. We also hope to have along a guest speaker & have time for an informal discussion about any issues raised.

FREE ADMISSION - all welcome!

Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre
6 Daisy Street,
Glasgow, G42 8JL


www.glasgowhopenothate.org

www.glasgowstpatricksfestival.co.uk

 

Tuesday 5th June at 7pm, Partick Burgh Halls

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An evening with poet Alistair Findlay, Author of ‘Lenin’s Gramophone’. Part of the Morning Star "Our Class Our Culture" series of Scotland-wide events.

Change of venue to Woodside Hall,
36 Glenfarg St, Glasgow G20 7QE (off Maryhill Rd: Georges Cross subway)

2018 june poetry song OPT

Tuesday 24th April 7pm

Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-communist-manifesto-tickets-45347135503

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1758623230860600

Speaker: Jim Whyte, respected retired educator in trade union & labour movement studies.

2018 clydebank manifesto

The Communist Manifesto is a brief publication that declares the arguments and platform of the Communist party. It was written in 1847, by political theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and was commissioned by the Communist League.
 - What does it say?
 - How has it shaped the world?
 - What is it's relevance today?


Organised by Scottish Morning Star Readers and Supporters, the only english-language Socialist daily newspaper.

Clydebank Town Hall
5 Hall St, Clydebank
G81 1UB

Monday 7th May, show starts 7.30pm

Featuring another fantastic line-up, the seventh annual Great May Cabaret includes a tribute to founder member Chris Bartter, whose untimely death last October robbed the trade union movement of one of its great campaigners and supporter of the arts.

Celebrating international workers’ day will be Leicester’s singer-songwriter and activist Grace Petrie; Scottish rapper, writer and commentator Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey; Rab Noakes, and Gaelic songstress Maeve Mackinnon.  Compered by Dave Anderson, with Fraser Speirs and Stephen Wright providing musical backing.  With contributions from Richard Leonard MSP and UNISON’s John Stevenson.

Tickets at https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/the-great-may-day-cabaret-oran-mor-tickets/8245505

Tuesday 20 March 7pm, Edinburgh

Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/belfast-and-edinburgh-united-against-unemployment-tickets-44192650407

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1569973306404864

2018 march edin 1932 33

Speakers: Tommy Campbell, Murray Swan and John Swinburne 

Venue: Augustine Church Centre, 41 George IV Bridge

Tuesday 6 March 7pm

Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-history-of-lanarkshire-steel-industry-the-new-industrial-strategy-tickets-43446222822

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/163139424490878/

 

Speaker: Richard Leonard MSP
(Leader Scottish Labour Party)

Chair: Alan Raby
(ex-union convenor - Dalzell Works)

Blantyre Miners Welfare
Calder St, Blantyre, G72
0AU

A public event part of the Morning Star's Our Class Our Culture series of events, organised by Lanarkshire Readers and Supporters Group. All welcome.

Tuesday, 20 February 7pm

Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/after-the-eu-what-kind-of-settlement-do-we-need-tickets-43104105540

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/955668944598566/

 

 

 

A dialogue between:

Pauline Bryan Author of ‘Getting the Best out of Brexit’

Jean Anne Mitchell 2017 Labour candidate West Dunbartonshire

Chair Kath Campbell 

 

Pearce Institute, Govan Cross

A public meeting organised by Govan & SW Morning Star Readers and Supporters