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Broonland Christopher Harvie (Verso 2010), ISBN-13: 978-1844674398, 224 pp., £8.99 Fiddled statistics on employment and public debt, catastrophic distance-learning projects, ditto for computerisation schemes, raids on pensions funds, selling off gold cheap, mud-wrestling with Tony Blair, yet bankrolling his delusions. Taxes...

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Our theme this edition is a comment on the outcome of the General Election – but what do the parties think of their own positions in this regard? Their own web sites give us an insight to their self opinions. Firstly the Lib Dems in Scotland appear to be very pleased at making the world a safe place for bankers again just...

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This edition we’ve been looking at local authorities, particularly our four largest cities and at the different ways in which they allocate and manage their resources.

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Ship of Fools; how stupidity and greed sank the celtic tiger Fintan O’Toole (Faber and Faber, 2009) £12.99 Fintan O’Toole has written a most satisfying book combining some brilliant passages of lucid exposition with wicked criticism of the major fools who believed and propagated the myths of the Celtic Tiger. Please keep...

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It is almost ten years since Sir Stewart Sutherland’s report on care for the elderly was published yet care for the elderly has resurfaced as an issue for the UK General Election due soon. The history of this commission is worth revising at this time. It is also well suited to research by internet as having taken place during...

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The State in Capitalist Society by Ralph Miliband (republished by www.merlinpress.co.uk £16.95) Ralph Miliband was a major figure in the marxist revival which became known as the New Left in the 1960s. A founder of New Left Review and the Socialist Register, the State in Capitalist Society (1969) remains a key work of modern...

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“Princes and priests soon saw an enemy in the press. Type was in their opinion the most serious form that lead could take…. The rich classes – otherwise the conspiring classes – shut out as far as they could all knowledge of their doings, alleging that their object was to prevent the dissemination of...

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An Anarchist’s Story: The Life of Ethel MacDonald Chris Dolan, Birlinn 2009, 224 pages, £9.99, ISBN-13: 978-1841586854 When the BBC Film An Anarchist’s Story: The Life of Ethel Macdonald was released in 2006 it came as a bolt from the blue, bringing to light two events, both greatly hidden from history. The first was the...

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Is there anybody there? Well, yes there is. It is heartening to find through SLR’s internet activity that several thousand are visiting and reading articles from our site monthly

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Clear Red Water: Welsh Devolution and Socialist Politics Nick Davis and Darren Williams, Housemans, 2009, £7.99 The maverick Labour MP Paul Flynn has been around Welsh politics since being elected as a councillor in the early 1970’s. In his foreword, he describes “Clear Red Water” as a “delight”, yet admits to being...