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November 30th March in Dundee

Posted by alangdundee on 10th November 2011

As decided at Dundee TUC‘s November 2nd meeting

Assemble 12noon, West gate of Dudhope Park (postcode DD1 5RE for satnav / GoogleMap). March off at 12:30pm. Route; Lochee Road, Marketgait, West Marketgait, Nethergate to rally in City Square (postcode DD1 3BA) commencing at approx 1pm. Provisionally, feeder marches are being investigated from Dundee University (via Hawkhill to join up at Marketgait Circle) and Abertay University (via Bell Street to join up at Marketgait).

TUs are asked to check & advise on speakers (Dundee or national officers). STUC speaker has been requested.

Further details; dundeetuc@ymail.com, 07951 443656.

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On an Independence Referendum

Posted by alangdundee on 8th May 2011

So the SNP have walked home in the Holyrood election with a majority. The whole election campaign Labour, Lib Dems and the Tories were talking about a vote for SNP being a vote for independence. The SNP barely mentioned it.

48 hours after the results are known the media has had saturation coverage of an independence referendum. This morning on the Sunday morning politics programmes Labour and Tory politicians were wheeled out and attacked the SNP because of all the talk of independence.

The tory went as far as to repeat the Wendy Alexander Bring it on taunt to the SNP.

As daft as the phrase sounds, there is a minor point. In 2007 the SNP promised a referendum in 100days, er a year, er within the first term of office. The unionists allied in opposition enough to make the SNP bottle holding one. They are now hinting about one towards the end of the current term.

In addition the Tories supported holding the AV referendum even though advocated a No vote. If they see that the two positions are not contradictory then why do these parties not support having the referendum but then campaign against a Yes to independence result?

So on the one side you have the SNP trying to delay implementing the policy they exist for.

On the other you have the Lib Dems, Tories and Labour trying to block a referendum for a variety of public reasons (mainly cost) and private reasons (they don’t want it to pass). The arguments against didn’t stop Tories and Lib Dems supporting the recent AV referendum. Nor Labour the slightly less recent referendum on more powers for the Welsh Assembly.

As ever the goalposts have moved.

In the past few weeks Labour were saying a vote for SNP is a vote for independence. Presumably now they would insist a referendum has to take place first?

Of course rags like the Daily Mail are a bit miffed. Apparently the rest of the UK needs to vote on Scotland being independent, it’s not just those in Scotland. To use the old argument, a husband and wife would both need to agree to a divorce or if only 1 wants it be forced to stay together?

Quite pathetic really.

Of course the logical end of this argument is ignored.

The first commenter on the article Muggins, Manchester I want out of the Union as well; the European Union. What’s the betting we don’t get a referendum on that one!.

So does Muggins think that a UK referendum on leaving the EU would only be valid if the rest of the EU voted that the UK could leave?

Presumably not…

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Dundee Rally 26th March 2011

Posted by alangdundee on 21st March 2011

The Dundee Pensioners Forum have organised a rally in Dundee for those who can’t make it down to London.

Location: Burns’ Statue, Albert Square, Dundee
Time: 26 March · 12:00 – 13:00

There is an event set up on Facebook for further information.

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First 100 days of a Scottish socialist government

Posted by alangdundee on 10th March 2011

As an election approaches you will see some activists from the mainstream parties crawl into public view for the first time since the last election. No doubt when you ask them about public ownership of the key state infrastructure like water and transport you will hear that there’s no money for it. The same answer given before billions upon billions were immediately found for failed banks.

So how do the SSP differ? We have both a different political programme from the banks fans and also the will to implement it.

As the build up to the Holyrood elections approaches the major political parties are putting forward their modest economic proposals for what they would do if they formed the next Scottish government. But what could a government do to radically change the landscape of Scotland to transform it from a country of mass unemployment and cuts to one where people had a bright future, communities were regenerated, the austerity that people are facing is reversed and instead the social needs of society is met? What follows are the measures that such a government could take in its first 100 days in office to take Scotland along that road.

Full article on SSP site

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Dundee TUC May Day Demo and Social

Posted by alangdundee on 8th March 2011

There are two events in Dundee around May Day.

On Friday 29th April there will be a demo starting from 11:30 in Hilltown park with a rally in the city square at noon.

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Later that night there will be a social in Lyrics in St Andrews Lane from 7:30pm. This will have Music, Raffle and Revolutionary Enjoyment tickets cost £10.

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Defend Dundee Services

Posted by alangdundee on 13th January 2011

Next meeting of Defend Dundee Services will take place between 7.30pm and 9pm on Wednesday 19th January, Committee Room 1, 14 City Square (same as last meeting).

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Starting 2011

Posted by alangdundee on 10th January 2011

Our next few meetings will be on the following dates

Next meetings:

  • Wednesday 12 January 2011
  • Wednesday 26 January 2011
  • Wednesday 9 February 2011
  • Wednesday 23 February 2011

There is an Dundee anti-cuts meeting on the 19 January so to avoid a clash we have had an extra week break over the holiday period.

The main topic for the next meeting will be the coming Tory/Lib Dem cuts. To come along contact us in one of the listed ways.

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SSP Statement on Sheridan

Posted by alangdundee on 24th December 2010

The SSP has produced the following statement on the conviction of Tommy Sheridan for Perjury

Tommy Sheridan’s conviction today for perjury was inevitable.

Six years ago, as leader of the Scottish Socialist Party, he proposed to sue a tabloid newspaper over stories he knew to be true and demanded that our party went along with his lies. All his closest friends and political allies of 20 years urged him not to take such a reckless course of action.

He will now be dealt with by the judge. We have no desire for vengeance.

What is more important is that all those who have been falsely denounced by him and his allies as liars, plotters, perjurers and forgers have been cleared.

The idea that there was a conspiracy involving Rupert Murdoch, Lothian and Borders Police and the SSP is nonsense and yet this is the narrative that Tommy Sheridan’s supporters publicly promoted for the past 4 years.

By his actions over six years, Tommy Sheridan has disgraced himself and negated his political contribution to the socialist cause over 25 years. History will now record that he did more harm to the socialist cause in Scotland than any good he ever did it.

That astonishing conclusion would not have been thought possible at the height of the poll tax struggle he led so well, or during his early period in the Scottish Socialist Party and Scottish Parliament.

The SSP reaffirms that its aim is to defend the interests of working people, the millions against the millionaires and to fight for a socialist transformation of society in the interests of the majority.

We now draw a line under this sorry saga and move on. The Scottish Socialist Party has been tested to the limit over the past six years and has proven it is a party of principles and integrity.

In this time of savage attacks by the rich against the poor, Scotland more than ever needs a strong left wing socialist party that can be trusted.

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Dundonians Pulling Together

Posted by alangdundee on 2nd December 2010

I’m sure most friends and supporters of Dundee SSP will be interested in this great community campaign.

Helping the Dundee folk in distress

A Dundee pair set up a Facebook page to co-ordinate helpers for vulnerable people in Dundee during the severe snowstorm we are experiencing just now. Volunteers are going shopping for elderly people trapped in their homes and clearing paths to make it safer for people to get about sheltered housing complexes etc.

Whether through this group or not it is instinctual for people to do these sorts of things. Most of the papers have praised the group whilst being shocked that about 30 years of individualist propaganda people will do these sorts of actions. Some seem to think that it is strange to imagine those of us who clear paths near us or chap our elderly neighbours to see if they are ok and if they need anything. This says more about the ideas constantly bombarding us through the media than the community spirit of the vast majority of society.

In the coming year some of those out gritting roads will be made redundant. Some of those out shovelling snow and shopping for neighbours will lose jobs or homes because of the recession. The bankers and politicians who caused this mess – how many of them will be out in their wellies helping their neighbours and friends? If the cold hits again next year will it cause more disruption when councils cut waste i.e. make some of those people clearing snow and gritting paths redundant?

Posted in Dundee, Public Services | No Comments »

Ninewells Parking Charges to rise

Posted by alangdundee on 9th November 2010

The Courier reported today that the disgraceful parking charges at Ninewells Hospital are to rise again!

It’s bad enough that relatives and visitors to the sick and injured are lining the pockets of the Vinci parasites but raising the charges just adds insult to injury.

Dundee SSP have campaigned against these charges for years. What is most galling is that most other hospitals have had them abolished. Only those with disastrous PFI deals remained.

Recently the newspapers were full of politicians outraged over the locked in contract which delivered terrible value for money on aircraft carriers.

It is worth noting that those same politicians are silent when it comes to worse contracts sucking money out of our schools and hospitals in PFI deals.

PFI – created by Tories, perfected by Labour.

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