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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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SSP statement on Tommy Sheridan sentencing

Posted by EuanBenzie on 26th January 2011

The SSP’s statement on today’s sentencing of  Tommy Sheridan can be found here.

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Meeting tonight (07/12/10)

Posted by EuanBenzie on 7th December 2010

Just a quick reminder that the meeting from last week was rescheduled for tonight(07/12/10). We’ll be meeting at 7.30pm in the bar of the Belmont Cinema.  Newcomers are welcome!

Please be careful when you’re travelling tonight, as it’s still rather icy!


Hope to see you all there!



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Aberdeen Cuts revealed

Posted by EuanBenzie on 4th December 2010

Jobs are to go, vital services are to be cut, education is on the verge of only being available to those who can pay for it. Yep that’s situation right now in the whole country. Every working class citizen in Scotland is going to feel the impact of the cuts the worst and Aberdeen has announced whats to go (this time round). Cuts in Aberdeen have already seen swimming pools shut, day centres for the disabled gone and it almost lead to the closure of the charity Glencraft (a charity that trains blind and partially sighted people to manufacture furniture). So without further delay here’s the “highlights” of the cuts!!!….

In total £70,000,000 worth of cuts have been revealed (some cuts proposed are not yet approved however with only £25.5 million of the cuts been implemented I can only assume that the proposed cuts will be passed easily). Aberdeen City council are not even  halfway through the measures to “save” (nice way of saying “cut”) £120,000,000. The confirmed cuts include a £9,000,000 drop in funding for services that help children with special needs. £1.4 million will be saved by “maximising class sizes” at secondary school. In a shocking move the funding to the Fire department is to be reduced to save £2.1 million! It wont be long until scenes like THESE  are hitting the streets of Aberdeen. However I feel that the most stingy one of all has to be the £173,000 saving the council will make on on closing two council-run care homes!

Two angry Aberdonians!

 This announcement comes only weeks after Aberdeenshire announced plans to axe 900 jobs. Most of these jobs will lost be in education as both City and Shire councils have expressed an interest in cutting the number of schools and amalgamating many. In the list of jobs going  most are from the “ring fenced” sectors. Care assistants are set to lose out as are ; teaching assistants, nurses, fire fighters, paramedics. The list goes on and on! We were told by David Cameron and Nick Clegg that vital services would be “ring fenced” but they clearly haven’t. However being a young student from what many would consider a middle-class town I am used to be lied to by the Lib Dems. As for the Tories they were game for these cuts as it is an ideological want.

Time to show the "Red Hand of Aberdeen" to the council!

How can I spell this out to you? I can use three words, “Aberdeen is fucked”. We have been lead by an awful council who have managed to royally fuck everything up! I emphasise EVERYTHING! The case for socialism is as strong now as it ever will be. Aberdeen City Council has been lead by right wing policies aimed at making profits at the expense of the people. The councillors are rolling out savage cuts but continue to lust for Sir Ian Wood and his dreams of concreting over Union Terrace Gardens. Whilst the citizens of Aberdeen are walking the un-gritted streets as the council cannot afford to grit them the council are seriously considering  subsidising this millionaire’s wee project so he can make more profit! It’s madness! As socialists we are fighting against these regressive cuts that are targeting the working classes and the vulnerable. It drives me round the bend when I hear people saying “Socialism doesn’t work”, what evidence is there to show this? Capitalism is failing, miserably! All you have to do is see how this country has been brought down to it’s knees by the rich bankers and this country’s solution? Punish the poor, punish the working classes, punish the students, punish the pensioners in fact punish anyone apart from the people who cause the crisis. That is way our country is run and it is great to see some resistance to this. From students in Aberdeen occupying Tory HQ to students doing mass walkouts in cities all over Scotland. Hopefully this will stimulate more militant action from Aberdeen.  Aberdeen is a great city but at the hands of capitalists it is becoming a soul-less,  poorly maintained city that is at risk of becoming gripped in mass poverty due the public sector being destroyed, the over-reliance on oil companies and the increasing size of the private sector.

Scottish Socialist Youth

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Donald, Donald Get Tae F**k

Posted by EuanBenzie on 8th April 2010

Donald, Donald, Get Tae F**k

Ah yes, Donald Trump and his golf course, well where can I start? Should I start with the sleaze involved to bend the rules for its potential approval or just highlight the overwhelming arguments against golf course that Aberdeenshire council were oblivious to notice?
What a state of affairs! One minute Aberdeenshire council has turned it down but what’s this? It’s the SNP and their pro-business and anti-environmental policy makers. They decided it was their business to basically over throw Aberdeenshire Council. We have great people ruling at Hollyrood don’t we? They can’t even trust local authorities to make decisions. It’s called democracy and it seems like the SNP don’t know the basic principle of it. All of these councillors are elected by the people to make decisions for the people in Aberdeenshire (they sometimes don’t but it is their job to do so). The main sleaze point of this is that the SNP did not intervene until the course was turned down, now would they intervene after an election result so they get their way? I would not put it beyond them. The SNP were basically expecting a golf course for their Christmas but got a lump of coal and like a bunch of spoilt wee gabshites they stamped their feet and held a strop and illegally made sure Trump got to get his golf course so he can add and billion of two to his bank account and apparently give the people what they want. Who actually wanted this? 13% according to the latest YouGov poll.
“This project will increase employment in the area. We sometimes have to think of the social benefits over the environmental benefits”. That was the most pathetic answer from an Aberdeenshire councillor from Kincardine after being confronted by an SSP member in Portlethen (I wonder who that was?!). Increase employment? Well it will but these jobs are going to be pish. They will be long hours, poorly paid, temporary and seasonal jobs. Donald Trump is not building this golf course out of the kindness of his own heart so the unemployed can get employed. As I have said the jobs will be in the kitchens of the complex, cleaning the hotels. There will also be jobs on the course itself but considering it is in one of the most exposed areas of the coast, the weather can mean lead to the course being closed for weeks; do you think the green keepers will be paid by the Trump organisation when his course can’t run because of its location? I won’t even bother answering that!
I am absolutely baffled by Aberdeenshire council’s decision to potentially let Trump use compulsory purchase orders! Let’s take a step back. Even if he gets his golf course he surly can’t be allowed to force people out of their houses. Isn’t that against their…oh what are they called…. human rights?! Patrick Harvie MSP of the Green Party stated that “Compulsory purchase was meant for public projects that serve the common good, not as a lever the rich can use to pry people from their homes for profit.” In this case the CPOs are being used by the rich as a lever to pry people from their homes. It is sad that even in the 21st century the government are endorsing a direct attack on the most vulnerable in society by the rich so they can get slightly richer.
To sum up how thick the Trump organisation are; they claimed that their “golf course” (which is basically a misplaced housing scheme) will replace the oil industry. Good luck with that, just take into consideration that 33,000 people in Aberdeen are employed by the oil industry and an additional 400,000 across the UK. So this scheme will have more than 433,000 jobs, just under 10% of Scotland’s population will be employed by Donald Trump! NOOOOO!!!!!

Euan Benzie

For more info visit http://www.trippinguptrump.com/

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