Saturday 18 April 2015

Music to end the condem chaos coalition...

On this weeks podcast, Colin Fox on the launch of the SSP manifesto this week, Don Mackeen on the upcoming American presidential election, podcaster Michael Greenwell in the first of a series of interviews he is doing for the SSP, Katie Bonnar on the dreadful kidnapping of young women by Boko Haram in Nigeria, Stephanie Rolls on the Scottish service tax and  Calum Martin on the rebellion of 1820.
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Wednesday 1 April 2015

Choose your enemy...


On Scotlands most listened to socialist podcast, SSP Glasgow East candidate Liam McLaughlan on his election campaign, Singer song writer,Joe Solo on his support for the miners and the mining communities, Jenni Gunn on remembering the conscientious objectors, SSP co-spokesperson, Sandra Webster on the 1 in 5 campaign, Beinn Irbhinn on the language of the left and socialist democracy, SNP socialist, Debra Torrance on her choice in the election (and the POLITICAL COMPASS), and Calum Martin will be continuing his delve into the history of the left.

The music :

Joe Solo

Thee Faction

Steve White and the Protest Family

The Just Joans

David Rovics

Travel Cat

Suzen Juel. and if on twitter follow @the_ssp_ and me if you like, @nwsocialist and if you have any music or recorded views you’d like to send me email me at

Friday 20 March 2015

Total eclipse of the Tories...

In today's podcast (on the day Scotland saw an eclipse of the sun!): Allan Grogan, co-founder of Labour For Independence and now SSP, talking about how the SNP majority council through in Dundee is now letting down the majority working class yes voters; Ron Mackay on the increasing danger of nuclear war; Calum Martin on how Scottish Politics were changed by the French revolution; Beinn Irbhinn on splitting the Yes vote and Hollie Cameron on how social media and the main stream media may be putting off powerful political women from coming to the fore.

We have music from Scottish bands The Cundeez and Button Up, Joe Solo and Lead Belly.

Friday 6 March 2015


In this weeks podcast:

The CD no lefty should be without… (buy it here - )

SSP co-spokesperson, Sandra Webster on the recent victory of grassroots activists in Renfrewshire…

Don Mackeen on the recent history, sociology and politics of the mainstream media.

Alessio Gentile on Poverty porn

Calum Martin continues his journey through left wing history today with a piece on the first French republic.

And Neil Anderson brings to life John Maclean’s famous 1918 speech from the dock.


Wilde Sammon, Remember Orgreave.

Louise Distras, Bullets

The Hurriers, Truth and Justice…

Steve White and the Protest Family, When an anarchist helps you cross the road…

Travel Cat, Colours 3

The Wakes, The John Maclean March

Monday 2 March 2015

Cowabunga! Willie Telfer exposes @joswinson's tax free slice...

It seems that its not only the teenage mutant ninja turtles that developed an affinity for pizza, but also our very own MP the bold Jo Swindon who salivates at the prospect of a delivery from the Dominos man. However in her case its not a wee margarita or four seasons but a bundle of fivers still piping hot delivered all the way from the treasure island of Jersey.

In the last year oor Jo has received ,in two installments,  £8 500 from Brompton Capital, yes you guessed, it's the company that made its fortune bringing the Dominos pizza franchise to the UK.

The company's owner Rumi Verjee who has an estimated worth of £125m has been throwing his dough, so to speak, at parliamentarians for some time now. The main beneficiaries being the lib dems £770k in all. 

Curiously he has also gifted plebgate minister Andrew Mitchell a cheeky wee £11k. The surprise outcome of this was of course. A lib dem peerage. Not bad for a guy whose company apparently employs no one and fails to turn over a profit in the UK.

Although his dealings have been cleared by the Electoral Commission the question our Jo has to answer is. Is she comfortable professing a purge on tax avoiders whilst filling her election kitty with this man's dubious donations.

Watch out for the next course, will Jo come clean and display the corporate roof sign of the pizza giant on her election vehicles or can the electorate be enticed to the ballot box by a free portion of cheesey garlic bread.


Make PEACE a #ge2015 election issue! - opinion by Ron Mackay

Since 6th.Aug. 1945 I've opposed nuclear weapons. I've protested at Aldermaston, Dunoon and Faslane many times. I'm very worried at international developments. Russia has nuclear weapons – they're all in Russia. China has nuclear weapons they're all in China. The U.S. Has nuclear weapons but they're in Germany, Poland , and bases arround Russia and in Turkey and elsewhere

NATO is an aggressive, nuclear armed military alliance under U.S. Control.

I read Professor Tyler Cowan an economist at a U.S. University said a big war is needed to settle the economy. Amazon recently displayed a book -”Winter Kill – war with China has already begun “ There have already been 2 Wws essentially caused by economic problems. Are we to have a 3rd.

The winners in the first 2 WW s were the U.S. Bankers and arms manufactures. We are 20 mls. From a nuclear arms dump. 

The position is serious.

I'm a long standing member of CND (google Ron Mackay and his peace activism and you'll find me on U tube). I've been against nuclear weapons since the first one was dropped on the 6th.of August 1945. The planet is in its most dangerous situation ever. The present generation has the power to change life on the planet or to destroy all life on the planet. Many eminent individuals are warning that the situation is extremely serious. Naom Chomsky, John Pilger, Michel Chossudovsky and many others have voiced their concern.

We've had 2 world wars caused essentially by economic problems. The big capitalist powers have serious economic problems. Has there to be a third world war ? The signs are ominous.

The Westminster warmongers are spending £ billions, not just on trident and other nuclear weapons but on huge military projects. The US policy of perpetual war which our defence “experts” slavishly follow throws a heavy burden on the welfare state. Warfare and welfare are incompatible. The media plays a significant part in promoting war propaganda . It is a powerful opponent of the peace forces. We badly need a strong active socialist peace movement which can accommodate the socialists in the LP, in the SNP, in the Greens, in the SSP , in the CP and all the other socialists some of whom are in no political party. We have much in common not just peace but anti-trident, anti-austerity, green issues etc. This need is urgent and vital. This matter should be raised at every meeting held as we approach the elections.

Saturday 21 February 2015

The Arbrothians Smokie Radical Party…

In today’s podcast:  land reform from Russia, Colin Fox on UKIP and the SSP’s new pamphlet on the right wing party, Lewis Akers on pay discrimination, The SNP’s Debra Torrance on an Arbrothians Smokie Radical Party…   Jenni Gunn on Mental Health And Calum Martin continues his series on lefty history with a piece on the French Revolution.  Remember, if you have anything you would like to say about the contributions this week, or would like to record something OR have a band you would like to have played on the podcast, email me at

Music from Colour Me Wednesday
The Tuts
Steve white and the Protest Family
The Wakes
We also have news about a brilliant cd launched this week for the Orgreave Truth & Justice campaign 

Friday 13 February 2015

SSP Podcast: Council Budgets, Red Clydeside and the Stirling Revolution...

In this weeks SSP Podcast we have some history from Katie Bonnar and Calum Martin – Calum starts a weekly series on a history of the left called “Making the flag Red; Struggle and Democracy Through History.”

Cat Boyd from the ISG will be giving her view on left unity and in particular on the Scottish Left Project.
Hollie Cameron tells us about a major SSP victory in Stirling University.

Richie Venton SSP's national workplace organiser and regional organiser for the West of Scotland on the SSP’s reaction to the austerity budgets set by Councils across Scotland and what the we propose instead.

And Gerry Mulvenna will be explaining how a growing group of volunteers are “televising” politics throughout Scotland.

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Friday 6 February 2015

The one with more politics...

This week on the SSP Podcast, we have members from SSP Glasgow Central Branch on Zero Hours Contracts; wages in the NHS and Don McKeen with an invite to what sounds like a really interesting talk at the Yes Bar - details on Facebook HERE, Jenni Gunn speaking about every day sexism, Beinn Irbhinn on aspects of our socialist language, Wendy MacDonald on the SSP policy of the citizen’s income and as the SSP does not claim to have a monopoly on socialism -  Debra Torrance from the SNP on sustainable energy and hot tubs!

The Music this week is really exciting.  We have tracks by David RovicsJames King and the Lone Wolves, local band TravelCat whose twelve Bar blues you can hear in the background, folk rock singer songwriter Suzen JuelMilton Star and an exclusive track from Socialist R&B band, Thee Faction from their new album, Reading Writing Revolution,  which is still being recorded.

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Friday 30 January 2015

SSP Podcast: Jogging Jim and the Patriotic Imperial Masters

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In this podcast: SSP Spokeswoman, Sandra Webster on her experiences of being a carer in Tory ruled Scotland, me on the patriotic fracking nonsense of the labour party, Lewis Akers on being a young SSP activist and Tommy Ball with this weeks political round up.

 Music: Roy Moller from his latest album, My Week Beats Your Year, on Stereogram recordings - “Captivity.” The Cathode Ray – “Resist” and St Christopher Medal: "Vatersay Love Song,” also on Stereogram recordings. Joe Solo - No Pasaran (The Ballad of Jack Atkinson) And his track with Rebekah Findlay – We will be free The Wakes, “These Hands.”