The Emergence of One Wales

Leanne Wood examines the campaign for a Yes vote in the Welsh referendum and the eventual result and sees old divisions beginning to recede.

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Events in North Africa are moving so quickly at the moment that all of this may seem like some quaint historic document by the time you read it. At the time of writing, Gadaffi is still holding on to power. Watching the last gasps of Gadaffi’s regime is a bit like watching videos of the Rolling Stones on their last world tour.

How Do We Resist?

Trade unions may not yet be the public face of resistance to the cuts in Britain, but it is not too late. By building on the start made by students and anti-tax avoidance campaigns, Mark Serwotka argues that the unions can seriously challenge the cuts agenda.

Resisting the assault on care

Martin Sime argues that the voluntary sector can play a major role in resisting cuts which affect the most vulnerable, but that the left must take a more thoughtful look at the issues faced at the margins of the state. Will voluntary organisations be in the vanguard of those resisting the cuts? And what, exactly will they be...

The war that is coming

The managerialisation of local government means it is fanciful to imagine it will resist the cuts like it did in the 1980s. But Vince Mills argues that this does not mean the battle is over. There is, according to military pundits, always a danger that we fight the wrong war, in the sense that we prepare for the next war on the...

Beyond usual boundaries

Stephen Smellie argues that trade unions must run a political campaign and not just seek to protect member interests, which means reaching out beyond the unions. But he warns that this may not be as easy as it seems. All across Scotland Councils, Health Boards, non-departmental public bodies and community and voluntary sector...

The Scotland Bill is Broken

If the Scottish Parliament uses its tax powers successfully, it loses money. If it doesn’t use its tax powers successfully, it loses money. Given that Jim and Margaret Cuthbert already pointed out this serious flaw, why is it still there? The Scotland Bill, which is intended to implement many of the proposals stemming...

Road to ruin

David McVey has discovered that the M74 extension is running even further over budget than has been reported and that the promised public transport improvements have been negligible. Here he asks why is no-one else asking these questions? The M74 Northern Extension, said, mile-for-mile, to be Europe’s most expensive urban...

City of no children

The horror of the effects of depleted uranium deserve to be heard in Scotland, argues Bill Wilson It was recently reported that doctors had advised women in Fallujah not to give birth. There are many medical reasons for infertility which might shatter the dreams of a young woman. It is not difficult to imagine how heartbreaking...

The other end of Europe

Continuing our post-financial crash series on small countries around the world, Hamish Kirk looks at the recent history of Bulgaria. When Romania and Bulgaria were accepted as the newest (and last?) states to be accepted into the EU what did we at the other end of Europe know about them? Even amongst those who follow current...