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Thank You Very Much!

Posted by EuanBenzie on 8th May 2011

Everyone at Aberdeen SSP would like to thank the 1,115 people who went out and voted for the SSP in the North East region on May 5th.

 The overall election results in the Scottish Parliament are the most dramatic since the parliament opened in 1999. Despite the SNP’s victory there will still be savage cuts in the public sector. The SSP will continue to fight against all public sector cuts and will put forward our socialist alternative. If you want to join the fightback with the SSP click here.

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SSP Announce full lists for Scottish Election

Posted by EuanBenzie on 30th March 2011

The Scottish Socialist Party have announce the full lists for all 8 regions of the Scottish Parliament. Everyone in Scotland will be given the chance to vote for the SSP on May 5th 2011.

The North East List is as follows

1) Angela Gorrie

2) Euan Benzie

3) Alan Graham

4) Soraya Kasim

 

To find out more about Angela and all other of the candidates in the list for the other regions of Scotland click here.

 

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Meeting Today (30/03/11)

Posted by EuanBenzie on 30th March 2011

Hi all,

As usual, the meeting today will take place at 7.30pm in the bar of the Belmont Cinema. It’s a really important meeting, as we have our first hustings debate on the 12th of April. We’ll be going over the party platform, previous election broadcasts and the manifesto from the General Election of 2010 and talking about how we can apply this to our Holyrood election campaign. We have two branch members on the North East Regional List, so come out and support!

Thanks,

Aberdeen SSP

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Metting Tomorrow (16/03/11) UCU Strike Thursday 17/03/11

Posted by EuanBenzie on 15th March 2011

Hi all,

Just a quick reminder of our meeting tomorrow (16/03/11) at 7.30pm in the Belmont Cinema bar. Primarily discussing plans for the UCU strike on Thursday, organising help for the picket lines and talking about what we can do to support union members.

Hope to see you there,

Aberdeen SSP

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Meeting this week – Talk at the University of Aberdeen‏

Posted by EuanBenzie on 1st March 2011

Something different this week! There’s a talk by Dr Andrea Teti on democracy and development in the Middle East on Wednesday. With all of the current protests and riots, I think it’d be a good idea for us to attend. The details are as follows:

Date and time: 02 March (this Wednesday) 18:30 – 21:30 Venue: Taylor Building A21

If you don’t know where that is leave a comment and we’ll get back to you!

We will be having an informal discussion after the meeting at the pub!

Hope to see you there!

Aberdeen SSP

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MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, 26TH JAN‏

Posted by EuanBenzie on 25th January 2011

Hi everyone,

We’ll be having a branch meeting on Wednesday, 26th January at 7.30pm at the bar in the Belmont Cinema.

We’ll be discussing:
planning an event in Aberdeen, focusing on protesting against the cuts
preparing for the North East Regional meeting
discussing tactics for the upcoming Scottish Election: stickering, flyering and having a stall in town

plus anything else that any member wants to talk about.

Hope to see you there!

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Offering a Socialist Alternative: SSP Announces Candidates for 2011 Scottish Elections

Posted by CelticEwan on 17th November 2010

Workers MP on a workers wage

Offering a socialist alternative

by Kevin McVey, SSP National Secretary


The Scottish Socialist Party will be aiming to offer a glimmer of light in the grim, grey landscape that is looming for the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary elections.

Party members have decided to stand on the Regional Lists across Scotland and so give every voter the opportunity to vote for socialist candidates who will challenge the dismal consensus for cuts that will define the election.

The elections in May 2011 will take place against the background of the imposition of savage cuts to public spending being demanded by the Parliament’s ConDem pay masters in Westminster.

A glimpse of the severity of these cuts was given in the recent Beveridge Report produced for the Scottish Parliament, which has highlighted options including the loss of 60,000 public sector jobs, scrapping free personal care for the elderly and imposing tuition fees for students as it spells out ways that ordinary people can be made to pay the price for restoring bankers profits.

So far the response from the capitalist parties has been telling; with offers of cross party discussions, not to consider how this cuts agenda can be defied, but on how best they can implement the cuts without losing their cushy parliamentary positions.

The growth of support for a Scottish parliament was linked with the need to resist an unwelcome Tory government through the 1980s and 1990s and people will be expecting more than a Parliament that simply acts as a transmitter belt for the dismantling of our key public services.

This background throws into sharp focus the need for the SSP to stand on a platform of building resistance and defiance to Westminster’s cuts. The impact that socialists in parliament can have has already been shown by the impact of our campaigning on issues like scrapping the Council Tax, for free school meals and scrapping prescription charges.

In a similar vein the SSP will use the election campaign as a platform to promote mass defiance to the imposition of cuts, whilst elaborating a socialist alternative that will call for a massive re-distribution of wealth from rich to poor and for a massive extension of the public ownership of Scotland’s economic resources to offset the need for the destruction of the welfare state to pay for capitalist greed.

With our candidates committed to taking no more than the average skilled workers wage, the SSP remains committed to ensuring that MSP’s have some understanding of the problems we all face in paying the bills and don’t end up living on a different planet to the vast majority of their constituents.

Similarly, our commitment to gender balance across regions and on our lists remain as a way to tackle the serious under representation of women amongst our elected representatives.

Particularly significant as this under representation has become even more marked in both the Westminster and Holyrood parliaments.

Opinion polls have shown support for the SSP on the list vote, generally known as the second vote, at about 3 per cent, although our recent showing in first past the post elections have been lower than that.

No one is underestimating the scale of the challenge involved in fighting a campaign across Scotland.

However, against a background of the most unprecedented attacks on working class people for many years the need for at least one party manifesto that points out who caused this economic crisis and demands that it should be them that are made to pay for it, is an absolute necessity.

These elections will be another opportunity to advance the case for socialism and independence as a real antidote to the poisonous prescriptions of cuts and privatisation that will be on offer from all the other free market parties in Scotland.

Originally distributed via the SSP national website.

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Massive Scottish Anti-Cuts Demo: Here Comes Everyone!

Posted by CelticEwan on 26th October 2010

Mass Demonstration Shows Strength of Anti-Cuts Feeling in Scotland

Last Saturday (23rd) a massive anti-cuts demo took place in Edinburgh as 20,000 people, including SSP members, took to the streets to protest against government spending cuts and demand a fairer alternative that protected public services. Community campaigners and trade union leaders called for resistance as industrial action to defend public services was declared “inevitable” if the cuts outlined by the Con-Dem government last week were implemented. As an elderly Glaswegian community campaigner said to me on the march, “people keep saying to me that “somebody should do something” and “if everybody did something then we could sort this out”, so we need to get “somebody” and “everybody” on the streets with us.”  Saturday’s march represents a first step toward building a mass campaign that can get ‘somebody’ and everybody’ involved in fighting the cuts. For news coverage of the march and SSP analysis of the public spending cuts, what they represent and what is required to successfully resist them, see our main site here.

 Nature of the Cuts, Nature of the Mainstream Political ‘Opposition’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We have long argued that the austerity measures taking place across Europe are an attempt to make the mass of the population; workers, students, pensioners, the unemployed, pay for the current crisis in capitalism. It is also an ideological attempt by the Conservatives to do away with many of the social gains made over the 20th century in the form of the welfare state, by attacking universal public services and welfare benefits, including attacks on free/accessible education provision. However, while marginal differences exist across the mainstream political parties on the balance between tax rises and spending cuts in the austerity measures, the SNP and Labour are also fully signed up to the cuts agenda. They will offer only lukewarm criticism of the Con-Dem cuts in opposition, while in power they will implement cuts themselves via the Scottish parliament and local councils, as indicated by recent comments by Alex Salmond  and by Labour’s cuts programme both before and after  the general election. In the absence of mass mobilisation and resistance by the population, they will not attempt to oppose cuts by setting illegal ”anti-cuts budgets” or supporting anything more than symbolic, but ultimately ineffectual resistance. They will not want to “rock the boat”, and thus they are unable to represent the grassroots sentiment among the thousands who took to the streets on Saturday. This is likely to become increasingly clear as the savage force of these cuts begins to bite in communities and workplaces across Scotland and Britain.

A Strategy We Need

What we need is to build a pluralist, grassroots, and mass-based campaign against the public spending cuts, creating a social movement not seen since the successful anti-poll tax campaign twenty years ago, where mass non-payment of the new tax and mobilisation of the population forced the government to retreat and Thatcher to resign from office (for an excellent account of the successful strategies used to defeat the poll tax, read “The Poll Tax Rebellion” by Danny Burns, details here). This is not just rhetoric, but our societal reality. These austerity measures will only be defeated by a mass mobilisation of popular democratic power and direct action, and if an alternative equitable and socially-just solution to addressing Britain’s budget deficit and capitalist crisis is developed, campaigned for, and implemented.  The SSP in Aberdeen and across Scotland is committed to both these tasks, and the need is urgent.

Building Resistance in Aberdeen

The sheer brutality of these cuts in Aberdeen is becoming clear, with one possible cost saving measure considered by the council being to close every public park in the city.

To discuss these issues and the work of the Aberdeen SSP, feel free to come to our branch meeting this Wednesday (27th), in the Belmont cinema cafe at 7.30pm, where those who were at the march on Saturday will report back on the events of the day.

Also, there is a meeting organised by the Aberdeen anti-cuts alliance on this Thursday (26th) 6.15 pm at the Butchart Centre, Aberdeen University, about what can be learned from the French resistance to the cuts being imposed in that country. This will certainly be a useful event for both discussing strategies to oppose the cuts and for people to begin building the kind of campaign described above. Further details of the meeting here.

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Aberdeen SSP Report from Suffragette City

Posted by CelticEwan on 13th October 2010

I’m back from Suffragette City!

Originallywritten by Aberdeen SSP member syebot in http://ssy.org.uk/2010/10/im-back-from-suffragett-city/

And it was, as the song goes, outta sight!

Although starting late, the event was fantastic – it was really inspiring to see a number of diverse groups pull together and put on a show, explain what it is they stand for and begin to build a support network with each other.

The night consisted of a number of musicians and performers, with poetry and comedy thrown into the mix, as well as speeches given by a representative of each group present. I spent much of the night in a state of nervous panic, awaiting my turn on the soapbox. Somehow, I managed to string together a few coherent sentences on the SSP and what we at the Aberdeen branch have achieved so far, what we hope to achieve in the future and how the people of Aberdeen can band together with us and start making a change today. I got a bit of a cheer and a clap; people signed up for our mailing list, took stickers, bought badges and copies of the Voice, and were generally up for a good discussion, a bit of banter and some home-made cake.

Highlights of the night were: Euan B giving hell to a poor bloke who disagreed with the SSP stance on Afghanistan; the Communist Party of Great Britain not even coming inside the room and just lurking at the door with their stall; making friends with the anarchists and then returning from the stage to discover the cheeky fuckers had eaten all my brownies; getting some inital signatures on the mailing list for the Aberdeen Socialist Women’s Network (never heard of it? that’s cos I’ve just started it!); getting chatted up by a drunken, middle-aged anarchist who really seemed to like the SSY “Take out the Tories” stickers; and watching Ewan and his Dad play a really great set, then joining in when the entire room started stamping feet in time. Who knew that bagpipes could be such a crowd pleaser?

It was amazing to have these different groups, different people, in the same room and for everyone to be interested in what the others had to say, to listen and to converse, without any major argument or disagreement. It can be difficult, sometimes, for those on the Left to organise as a larger, more cohesive movement. The differences between our groups are slight; we have more in common than our in-fighting would suggest. If we are to overcome struggle and achieve anything, we must work together and find points upon which we can agree. There are some major issues, both locally, nationally and internationally, that Aberdeen SSP is concerned about and could be involved in tackling. The cuts that our public services are facing; the worrying trend in our city and shire councils to ignore the wishes of the people and to only listen to those with big money; the continuing war in Afghanistan, and the conflict and unrest in the Middle East. By building links with groups like Aberdeen SPSC, Aberdeen Stop the War, Tripping Up Trump and Friends of Union Terrace Gardens (to name just a few), the Aberdeen branch can throw their weight behind these campaigns and work with as many people as possible to gain empowerment and equality, and to make our voices heard. Suffragette City helped us on our way to building these relationships, and hopefully we will see some worthwhile activism come to fruitation because of it.

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Aberdeen SSP Involved With Upcoming Radical Culture Event

Posted by CelticEwan on 26th September 2010

 

     “Part call to action, part show, part club night”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Aberdeen SSP will be present at a radical cultural event this Wednesday 29th September in the Tunnels, Carnegie Brae. The event is called Suffragette City, and brings together radical and activist groups from around Aberdeen. Along with the Scottish Socialist Party, groups present include the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Tripping up Trump, and the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign. Each group will have a stall with their materials and will have a chance to get across their views on the issues that concern them. Along with being a chance for various groups of the left to meet with each other and share ideas and experiences, it will also be a chance for particularly young Aberdonians and students to meet the political and activist groups in their area and talk to them about their politics.

   The other aspect of the evening is radical and anti-establishment entertainment. This includes a range of live acts and a clubnight, with full details  from the event’s facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=124475147603533&ref=ts. One of these acts is a political folk set from our General Election candidate Ewan Robertson (i.e. myself) and a special guest! The event starts at 8pm, and entry is free.

  I would urge anyone who is looking for a fun night of radical music and dance, combined with meeting many of the left activist groups in Aberdeen and having a chance to find out more about their politics, to come along this Wednesday and take part in both the show and the call to action!

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