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Your Antidote to the Royal Wedding 

A night of comedy and music with Bruce Morton, Sandy Nelson, Des Clarke, compere Susan Morrison and Music from The McClusky Brothers

Friday 29 April, 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

Stand Comedy Club, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 (near Kelvinbridge U/G)

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Content 63

So Much Left and Nowhere to Go!Image

In this issue Kevin Williamson, Gordon Morgan and Robin McAlpine look at the current state of the left in Scotland, and its prospects if any.

First Minister Alex Salmond and Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray respond to Questions posed by Scottish Left Review and Dave Moxton gives a Trade Union view on these.

In other articles: Jim Monaghan examines questions arising from the Sheridans' trial;  Jim and Margaret Cuthbert look at the Scotland Bill; Mark Hirst looks at how CIA propoganda targets Scottish policies; Leanne Wood on the Welsh referendum.

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Comment 63
 In these times of change, the Scottish Left Review is changing as well.
 
All Is Not Lost
 Kevin Williamson observes the wreckage of the SSP/Solidarity project and argues that while it may be an unedifying sight, it does not mean there is no hope for the Scottish left
 
Anatomy of Division
 Gordon Morgan attempts to take a non-sectarian and dispassionate look at the various attempts – and failures – to find a way to avoid left parties standing against each other and asks what next?
 
Influence Now, Unite Later
 Robin McAlpine argues that now is not the time for the left to put all its efforts into the long-term process of unification when there is an immediate need to professionalise and start making its presence felt properly
 
In Whose Interest?

 The prosecution and trial of Tommy and Gail Sheridan set many legal precedents and, as Jim Monaghan describes, leaves many unanswered questions.

 

 
Questions of Leadership
The Scottish Left Review wrote to the two candidates to be First Minister after the Scottish Election. We put six questions to them and asked them either to answer each individually or give us a statement. This is what we received.
 
Answers for a Better Way

On the eve of the STUC Congress Dave Moxham looks at the questions we set the two potential First Ministers, suggests what their answers should be and puts forward other ideas they should be backing

 
Committee of Self-Justification

  Jim and Margaret Cuthbert examine the report of the Scotland Bill Committee and conclude that conflicts of interest and inadequate scrutiny means that the Committee has failed Scotland

 
Are We Targets?
 Mark Hirst examines the role of the US Government-funded National Endowment for Democracy which has taken over the CIA’s ‘propaganda’ dirty work and may be seeking to influence Scottish politics
 
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
 
Reviews 63
  And the Land Lay Still - James Robertson (Hamish Hamilton, £18.99)

- Reviewed by Donny O'Rourke

 

 
Web Review 63 - Henry McCubbin
 

One thing is for sure with regards to electoral systems – no one has yet discovered a perfect mathematical solution capable of satisfying all of the factions presenting themselves at elections. I got involved in the early nineties in preparing a response to Raymond Plant’s report on behalf of the Labour Party on electoral reform.

 
VLADIMIR McTAVISH’S Kick Up the Tabloids - 63

 GADAFFI SANE – ‘IN COMPARISON TO BLAIR’

 

 

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Off With Their Heads

Your Antidote to the Royal Wedding 

A night of comedy and music with Bruce Morton, Sandy Nelson, Des Clarke, compere Susan Morrison and Music from The McClusky Brothers

Friday 29 April, 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

Stand Comedy Club, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 (near Kelvinbridge U/G)

A Scottish Left Review Fundraising event Click here for tickets

 
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