Neil Scott

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Scotland Will Rid the UK of the Nuclear Threat

(0) Comments | Posted 19 July 2013 | (20:48)

Trident, Faslane. Those two words have a kind of fuzzy, almost mythical feel to them. Trident, being something a huge bearded man of the sea holds and Faslane almost because of the fame of the Peace Camp there, a place I love to visit, has a beautiful feel to it....

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The Cameronisation of Parkinson

(0) Comments | Posted 24 May 2013 | (14:25)

I have read recently with horror, that the Westminster Government are going to sanction military style "free" schools. Hopefully with our Scottish Education system being a separate entity, the stupidity and in fact the anti-democratic nature of these types of schools will not cross the border.

Some people reading this...

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Labour Commentators Are Wrong to Pull Independence Debate Ultra-Right

(2) Comments | Posted 8 May 2013 | (12:00)

In the course of the independence discussion over the past few weeks, Ian Smart's equating racism and anti-englishness with the Yes campaign has to be a new low.

Ian Smart's outburst on twitter seemed to be that of a blogger trying to seem relevant in order to stay in the...

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Bury Thatcherism

(1) Comments | Posted 9 April 2013 | (10:38)

I spoke at a Yes (for Scottish Independence) meeting last night and found it really difficult to speak thinking of how that old woman was looked after in the Ritz hotel in her dying days because"it gave the best care," while generations of my family have died in ward beds,...

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Cameron Relief... Please!

(1) Comments | Posted 16 March 2013 | (13:33)

I have a lot of respect for Bill Nighy. He is a man who seems to know the causes of poverty and misery in the places he visits. A good man who uses his fame to draw attention to the dreadful pain and suffering in people made capitalist disaster zones....

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Scroungin' Skiving Feckers...

(1) Comments | Posted 23 February 2013 | (16:17)

I've just scanned the telly channels. I'm off work on today and can't believe the amount of telly in the morning is made up of propaganda directed at those who are at home at this time. It is clever Tory stuff. Hats off to them for using their creativity, money...

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Scottish Independence Will Be for People, Not Profit

(16) Comments | Posted 16 February 2013 | (13:30)

How do I explain my want for an independent Scotland?

Ok. Lets do that using one example. Excess.

It's clear I am a socialist, so surplus in my independent Scotland would be used to ensure those with little access to something they need, get it. Excess or surplus or...

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My Council (and Others) Is Trying to Kill Me!

(0) Comments | Posted 9 November 2012 | (10:20)

A melodramatic title, maybe, but as someone who recently decided to dust down my 30 year old bicycle and start to cycle to work, on most mornings and evenings it really feels like this.

My daily cycle is a round trip every day of around 8 miles. This trip has...

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'It Were Tough Back in My Day...'

(0) Comments | Posted 7 May 2012 | (12:43)

When I was young, we didn't have double glazing; our house didn't have insulation; we played on dangerous building sites; I dressed in hand-me-downs from my cousin (this was most problematic around the time flared trousers disappeared over night); free roaming dogs were part of our gang; Vesta dried food was seen as a nutritious evening meal; people were thrown out of their houses on to the street if they couldn't pay their rent or mortgage; public swimming pools were popping up everywhere; Libraries were expanding; income distribution was at its most equal in history; working class holiday makers were tentatively dipping their toes into the Mediterranean; council estates were well maintained and housed the unemployed as well as Doctors, teachers and skilled trades-people; rents were low; electricity, gas, telecoms and water were all publically owned and prices were stable and affordable; school friends were separated from friends at eleven years old - some told they were the crème de la crème, while others told they were "intermediate," "secondary," or "B" stream. Lots of good and lots of things our politicians needed to fix.

The '70s. That time the media label, "winter of discontent" or the time when the Unions "had too much power," when workers could call the shots when they were treated badly. It was a time when even the Tories thought we were heading for a proper, democratic socialist world. They had decided that they could only slow the socialisation-sharing- of the world down , ie. ensure their interests were met and defended as the rest of us enjoyed more rights and wealth and power we had ever had in the history of western capitalist democracies.

I don't hold with the argument that working class people "had too much power" back then. I do believe that years of disempowerment meant that working class people, once given power, enthusiastically used it to make their lives better. The thing about this is though, that the rich were not impoverished by this sharing of resources. On the contrary, they continued to get rich - but their problem was that they were becoming richer slower. And then came Thatcher and her "Freedom Association" and their attacks on the Grunwick workers, the Posties, the Miners, the Journalists of Wapping, and the Liverpool Dockers and so on. Slowly, working class representation was ground down and driven out of political life, reaching its zenith with the public school boy domination of unsurprisingly, the Tories, but despicably, the New Labour project.

Unions - the organisation that gave you the weekend and the thirty-five hour week (the next focus for the Cameron Government after our pensions) used to ensure we had working class voices and concerns heard in the House of Commons and on our print and televised media. This nowadays rarely longer happens. The only working class voices we hear nowadays are those of B list personalities or affected middle class pretenders like Guy Ritchie.

We hear, instead, middle class voices telling us that they had it hard when they were young and the British people need to toughen up in order to get on. Like the Monty Python team, sucking cigars and reciting the depths of the poverty they suffered. The Pythons, back in 1974 when this sketch was first aired, understood that the people who recited this mantra were given free education, free health care (including dentistry and optical!) and all of the other benefits that meant much easier social mobility. Nowadays, the young (and the old!) are being told to toughen up by the same people who enjoyed the growth of the West that took place because of Working class power after World War 2. It is strange how people forget the benefits they received.

They upper middle classes feel that they should be the only people rewarded for any new growth. This greed has ensured that those who create growth - the people who spend money that is given to them (the working class), are further impoverished. It has meant a "double-dip" recession and it has meant that the very highest earners in our society soak up money they can never spend. When the rich get richer, the money becomes "dead." Trickle down has been proven not to work.

I don't want a return to Victorian times, a time of certain starvation for those who couldn't find work. I want a return to a tax system that ensures working class people enjoy a decent income, social mobility and empowerment. I want a better world for my children, not a back-breaking...

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Who is Manufacturing YOUR Consent?

(4) Comments | Posted 13 April 2012 | (10:42)

There seems to be a split in opinion amongst people over recent changes to fundamental rights. Some people seem to accept changes to our society that to others are sinister and unacceptable.

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Titanic 2 - 'The ConDemNation'

(0) Comments | Posted 30 March 2012 | (17:32)

On April 12 1912, the Titanic sank. The "unsinkable sinking" and God's wrath on men getting above their station are held as reasons for the lingering fascination behind this event, but I feel the exposure of the values and the class system that prevented social mobility of Victorian/Edwardian Britain a...

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Slactivism, Bono, Tax and Kony

(2) Comments | Posted 23 March 2012 | (23:09)

Until recently I didn't fully understand the danger suggested by the term "slactivism."

What is slactivism?

Slactivism is someone who jumps from cause to cause - each cause being, to the slactivist, as worthy as the next. The term could, at its least dangerous, be given to those...

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Not a Review. Reviews are Bourgeois...

(0) Comments | Posted 31 August 2011 | (02:43)

One positive thing the current Tory/LibDem coalition is doing here in the UK is boosting protest rock and pop. To look at the charts you wouldn't think it- but unlike back in the eighties when for example, The Clash, Paul Weller and The Specials could make it in to the...

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These Destructive Yobs Were Badly Brought up...

(0) Comments | Posted 14 August 2011 | (11:33)

Watching the responses to the riots and the behaviours they have demonstrated, I have come to the conclusion it is how they were brought up. How can anyone who has been brought up in a loving household do what they have done and are continuing to do?

The Judges who...

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When I ask why are they poor, they call me political...

(0) Comments | Posted 9 August 2011 | (00:03)

The statement from the journalist on News 24 brought on a familiar feeling of paralysis. He said to a local commentator amidst the Tottenham/London riots, "It's not the time to be making political points."

Back in 2005, as a political activist, I was giving out leaflets as 225,000 people converged...

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Scottish Independence - It's Up to the Working Class.

(14) Comments | Posted 4 August 2011 | (16:29)

When I first came to Scotland from Northern Ireland, I was struck by the political engagement here.

Where I was used to Republicans and Nationalists, and as an addendum, lefties (including the Labour Party) being castigated as nothing more than filthy, murdering, dirt, the political engagement here and honesty...

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