Thursday, 10 April 2014
Tuesday, 1 April 2014
Campsie Socialist Voice's are being delivered across the Campsie area from Moodiesburn, Twechar, Kirkintilloch, Bishopbriggs, Milton of Campsie, Lennoxtown through to Bearsden/ Milngavie and Torrance.
You can read a copy online HERE
Saturday, 22 March 2014
As we move rapidly towards September 18th 2014 and a hugely historical day for Scotland, SSP Campsie remember another hugely significant September 18, that of 1959.
It was a day carved into the collective memory of Scots, and in particular those of us who live in the Campsie mining villages. It was on a shift down the mine outside Moodiesburn that a fire claimed the lives of 47 miners. 41 women were widowed and 76 children lost their fathers. Just one miner survived.
The death toll from the underground fire in Auchengeich Colliery, was the worst in the history of mining in Scotland.
SSP members, Willie Telfer and Mark Callaghan paying tribute to the miners who lost their lives in 1959
Next Sunday, 30th March at 2pm in Milton of Campsie Village Hall, the SSP will be showing solidarity with hard working miners across Scotland and the UK who were attacked and sold down the river by successive Governments and of course, Thatcher's Westminster's Tories. An independent Scotland could have nurtured and transformed coal into a clean industry and fair and safe employment for thousands of people was smashed by successive neo-liberal Tory and New Labour Governments.
There will be a screening of the film Happy Lands, based on the highs and lows of a Fife mining community during the 1926 general strike. The strike was called by the TUC for one minute to midnight on 3 May, 1926.
For the previous two days, some one million coal miners had been locked out of their mines after a dispute with the owners who wanted them to work longer hours for less money.
In solidarity, huge numbers from other industries stayed off work, including bus, rail and dock workers, as well as people with printing, gas, electricity, building, iron, steel and chemical jobs.
The aim was to force the government to act to prevent mine owners reducing miners' wages by 13% and increasing their shifts from seven to eight hours.
The industrial action came against a backdrop of tough economic times following the First World War and a growing fear of socialism and communism. The elites had to resort to open class war to stop working men and women being awarded fair pay for a hard graft.
Local SSP Strathkelvin organiser,Willie Telfer said, "Many truths about the strike have only recently come to light, these new facts show how many families in the Kirky area were used by a government hell bent on smashing the trades union movement. Although it is 30 years on, many miners are still campaigning for justice and the disclosure of the facts behind the government's actions at that time".
Although ultimately defeated the event will celebrate the Strathkelvin sense of community and the solidarity shown to miners families during the dispute.
The 18th of September, 1959, was one of the saddest days for Strathkelvin folk and indeed, for all miners and the people of Scotland.
Let's hope September 18th 2014 is a day we remember the men and their families and vote to ensure our communities are rebuilt by a democracy and economy centred in Scotland and no longer in the hands of the Westminster Tories and New Labourites who have betrayed Scottish working class people for the past 35, and more, years.
Monday, 17 March 2014
Sunday, 16 March 2014
Friday, 7 March 2014
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Following the opening of a foodbank in Milngavie, the SSP has been voicing it's disgust at the Tory and Liberal Democrat austerity drive that forced people to become reliant on food packages.
SSP member, Angus Clark had this letter published in the Bearsden/Milngavie Herald.
Friday, 28 February 2014
Sunday, 2 February 2014
Yesterday, Campsie Branch had their Burns lunch in Kirkintilloch. We invited SSP West of Scotland Organiser, Richie Venton to share in our celebration.
Branch Organiser, Neil Scott, introduced Ron Mackay by reminding everyone there was more than one anniversary on our minds. This year, Cameron and the Tories were wanting us to "celebrate" World War 1. He reminded comrades that Friday was the 95th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday events in George Square where Red Clydesiders like Willie Gallacher were baton charged by the police, and because of the Westminster fear of Revolution on the Clyde, tanks were sent up to patrol Glasgow's streets.
|Ron delivering the toast to the Haggis|
And from Gallacher:
"What a terrible attraction a war can have! The wild excitement, the illusion of wonderful adventure and the actual break in the deadly monotony of working class life!
And the graffitti that appeared on Kitchener posters all over Glasgow:
"Your king and county need you, Ye hardy sons of toil.
But will your king and country need you when they're sharing out the spoils?"
Ron then told us of a Burns Supper he had attended at which "T-Total" Willie Gallacher had toasted the Haggis with water. Richie thanked Ron and expressed his honour at sharing a party with Ron, who is a true inspiration to us all.
Richie wrote afterwards:
|SSP Campsie Capitalist of the year prize to...|
And well done Mark for winning our Capitalist competition (earning chocolate coins when anyone dared say the words, socialism, silence or SSP!)!
|A Man's a man!|
|Edna reading "A Man's a Man..."|
|An Ode to a Mouse...|
Saturday, 21 December 2013
Many thanks to the Indian Cottage for a great meal (and a super deal!) and putting up with the racket!
We also managed to decide that we will make a collection for the local foodbank at the next branch meeting.