The Way Ahead a new movement for Scotland.

Originally posted on SandraSSP:

Like most of my comrades, I felt rejuvenated at being at the SSP conference. The motions were inspiring and well thought out. The good thing about our party is that debate is encouraged and National Councils and Conferences are a highlight for ordinary members who work so hard in their branches and truly share common values with me. I would like to remind ordinary members that they are also welcome as observers at our monthly ECs where those elected at conference have to make decisions with the consent and trust of the wider party. I am proud that we are open and inclusive and all of our structures are transparent.

At conference we voted to enter negotiations with the Scottish Left project, We heard passionate discussion on both sides where people laid themselves bare but were prepared to do that for the debate and to inform others. We heard from…

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The Way Ahead a new movement for Scotland.

The Way Ahead a new movement for Scotland..

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The Way Ahead a new movement for Scotland.

Like most of my comrades, I felt rejuvenated at being at the SSP conference. The motions were inspiring and well thought out. The good thing about our party is that debate is encouraged and National Councils and Conferences are a highlight for ordinary members who work so hard in their branches and truly share common values with me. I would like to remind ordinary members that they are also welcome as observers at our monthly ECs where those elected at conference have to make decisions with the consent and trust of the wider party. I am proud that we are open and inclusive and all of our structures are transparent.

At conference we voted to enter negotiations with the Scottish Left project, We heard passionate discussion on both sides where people laid themselves bare but were prepared to do that for the debate and to inform others. We heard from Myrto from Syrizia and Jonathon from the Scottish Left project. The words of Myrto  echo in my ears, “Another Scotland is necessary”. With the tory attacks coming our way it is. Let’s remember that austerity doesn’t only demonise poor people but those who work in the public sector. I am grateful it still exists but cuts are impacting on the most vulnerable and cuts are impacting on worker’s jobs. What will happen if the libraries and museums in Renfrewshire are coagulated into a private trust. What will happen to the users of services and the terms and conditions of those who work for us. From public health consultants to librarians  with their skills to those working to maintain council houses whose hours are being cut.

Great challenges ahead for those who have the support of the traditional weapon of Trade Unionism but what about those who do not have a voice or someone shouting out to represent them. I am talking about those without work, carers, people with disabilities who will experience the most devastating cuts in Osbourne’s July budget because they are deemed to be “benefit units” not real people just described in Dickensian linguistics. Ironic as Dickens used his language to share the experience and grind of day to day poverty which creates a holistic poverty and stigmatization. I wonder what Goffman would have written about in 2015? Though his analysis remains sound, people are stigmatised and alienated.

How will this affect the left who offer an alternative? Well we need to start talking to real people outside the box. To be a real anti-austerity movement which offers hope in Greece we have to make politics real. That is why I am not calling for a Scottish Syrizia but a movement all of our own based in the experiences of Scotland as Syrizia is based in the experience of the Greek people. To ensure this happens we need to talk to real people about their lives and what they want to change. We can be part of the anti-austerity movement of Europe we need to be and let’s make this happen most of all we need to engage in our communities, engage in real lives. That is the lesson to Syrizia for us all.

So after conference I spoke to some party members who are working class and experience the cuts. One of them spoke about the folk given chits to buy second hand sofas from the welfare fund which replaced community care grants which gave folk choice in choosing the things that are essential. Not long til tackety boots are purchased by the parish. These meant when you knelt down for communion everyone could see these were bought by the parish. Do we want to go back to these days? of course not but I fear we are sleepwalking in that direction. Let’s challenge the impact of austerity now by helping folk that is why we are part of the left.

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An Intermission, of sorts.

Originally posted on May Contain 2% Owl.:

To continue this wee break from the Chronicles of the Bold Joff; may I present you with an intermission of sorts today?

I think this post is particularly pleasant as it includes both a circular chain of events and evidence of the “kindness of strangers” – a phrase that has been in use in our household since Joff was about 1 year old and was given funds by local night clubbers in Elgin to help us buy a specially adapted swing for him. That was the first of many such kindnesses by strangers.

There is a wonderful lady living in Massachusetts who has a young man with Lowe about a year older than Joff. About 10 years ago we had exchanged only a few emails about our boys before we realised we both had similar senses of humour. She asked me for “some Scottish jokes”. Well, I was a bit flummoxed, I do love…

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IT’S TIME TO SUPPORT THE ONES WHO CARE 

Originally posted on carolanconnolly:

The elections they are unfolding, and our votes you’re trying to win

But a smile and a handshake will not have us convinced

We hear the empty promises, they never seem to start

The actions on the ground disappear, when Election Day departs

Please don’t patronise us today; we’ve had our fill of your jargon

When will this Government realise, with us they got a bargain?

Do they care when were on bended knees, saying we can’t go on

Will they pick up the pieces, for our loved ones when life goes wrong?

Does your manifesto mention unpaid carers, and give us your full support?

Or honestly are you only here hoping for our votes

Did you care enough to consider us, thinking we can’t do this on our own?

Ensuring unpaid carers are coping, and able to go on

We are hoping you will agree its time, for this government to repay

The…

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May I tell you about my weekend?

sandrassp:

Great blog Duncan about life at the coal face of autism. You have a gift of empathy.

Originally posted on Inspired by Autism:

On Friday evening as mum and dad were clearing up after tea I got a bit overwhelmed. I was tired and my head was buzzing  so dad took me in the car out to Hunter’s Quay. I was enjoying the bouncy castle but dad wouldn’t let me take my chocolate milk on to the castle. I got a wee bit annoyed and that was why I poured the chocolate milk all over the place and threw the bottle away. 😡 Then we left. I had calmed down by the time we got to Davi’s shop for a banana milk though. I like Davi and the lady that works there too.

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On Saturday we went out to Kayren and Neil’s farm to feed the lambs. It was a new place and I wasn’t that sure at first. Helen, David and mum went to the lambs and dad took me a run…

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Poem – Dr SeUSSKip Says..

Originally posted on The Mark Hurst Blog:

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I do not like him on a train,
Or on a bus, or an aeroplane,
Or in a car, or on a barge
I do not like Nigel Farage.

I do not like his hair or eyes
I do not like his shape or size
I do not like his pints or fags
The points he makes, his finger wags
His supporters, or his entourage
And I do not like Nigel Farage.

I do not like him in debates, or in the pub
Or with his mates
For him, my glass, I’ll never charge
As I do not like him,
That Farage.

I do not like his ruse, his mission
To schmooze his way to a Coalition
I do not like his crude ambition
I do not like the guy’s skewed vision
I don’t like his yellow and purple rosettes
Or the bellowing manifestos he sets
Like the worst excesses…

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