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Where to begin? This issue of the Scottish Left Review goes to print in a Britain which has no government - the people have indeed spoken. Unfortunately, this state of affairs is unlikely to last.

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With more than ten years of the Scottish Left Review under our belts the Scottish Left Review has been around for long enough to have seen a good many elections – General, Scottish Parliament, European, local. The Scottish Left Review does not and will never advocate voting for any specific party, or indeed against voting...

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In her email sending us her article on the state of politics in Iceland, Birgitta Jónsdóttir signs off ‘love and rage’. This is a greeting from a country which took to the streets banging pots and pans to demand that the neoliberal government which had crashed the country while enriching its bankers was removed. It is a...

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In this issue we are going to try to delve down below the top-level problems on which everyone now has an opinion and see if it is possible to draw out some of the deeper, fundamental problems of the way we live in the 21st century to see if, in fact, we can clean up our mess after all.

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Scottish politics can be remarkable - and not in a good way. The Megrahi affair has not cast Scottish politics in a good light, but not for the usually trumpeted reason. Rather, it just shows that sometimes we just can’t see past ourselves to anything bigger.

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Mike Small on the relationship between the collapse of our economy, political system and environment; Gordon Morgan on the Climate Change Act; Jan Bebbington explains how the Prosperity Without Growth? report shows just how damaging a growth-based economy is; Ginny Brink and Fiona Campbell argue for reviving broken communities with creativity; Davie Philip introduces The Village, a project that is a model for a sustainable future; Henry McCubbin analyses the Euro election results; Gregor Gall interviews the newly formed New Anti-Capitalist Party in France; Bill Ramsay on Afghanistan; Donny O’Rourke on art.

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It is ten years since devolution - an obvious time to stop and take stock of what has happened in Scottish politics. And so the media and the commentators use the opportunity to reflect on what has been done and achieved and what not by the establishment of a Parliament in Scotland. But this only makes sense because of the neatness of anniversaries. In political terms, ten years sometimes means very little.

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Sometimes it can be exasperating being of the left in Britain. First of all you live through three decades in which right-wing neoliberal capitalism sweeps all other ideologies before it, conquering the world and redrawing it in its own image. Then, just as neoliberalism falls apart under the weight of its own stupid dogma, we...