Say NO to TESCO
The Cumbernauld Branch of the Scottish Socialist Party are urging local residents to make sure the local council know their feelings regarding the news that planning application has been submitted for a Tesco store in Condorrat on the site of the Social Club.
Local branch member and Condorrat resident Kevin McVey has claimed the plans will have a negative impact on the community and the local traders that serve then. “Most of the shops in Condorrat Village have been there a long time, and they are an important part of the community, with local residents relying on the services provided by them. Tesco already have two large stores in the area, and we feel it’s using its corporate might and financial muscle to go against the wishes of the local community.”
Members of the branch have been at the meetings organised by local community groups campaigning against the proposed store. “We are very well aware of the local opposition to the plans,” added Mr McVey, “And we would encourage all residents to make North Lanarkshire Council fully aware of the strength of feeling that the community has expressed.”
You can have your comments heard by:
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4 Search the Planning Information System
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Regeneration and Environmental Services
2 Tryst Road
REMEBERING TO STATE REF: 15/00072/FUL
For more information: Kevin McVey 07817 123917.
Picture is used on the courtesy of Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.
Democracy v Austerity?
Someone once commented that a spectre is haunting Europe and for free market Europe that spectre may have just risen from the grave they thought it was in and is returning to spook them.
That spectre was the socialism of Karl Marx and the election in Greece has again resurrected the fear of Europe’s ruling class that their austerity agenda is going to be challenged and that challenge can take the form of progressive politics rather than the despair of the extreme right.
Karl Marx is not leading the government in Greece but for the first time in a while a government has been elected that is explicitly saying that the free market consensus of austerity politics will not be accepted. Time will tell how events pan out, but how socialists in Scotland can not only support the new SYRIZA government, but take the opportunity to build a similar movement against austerity will be the focus of our meeting on Thursday 12th February in The Link Community Centre, Cumbernauld at 7.30pm.
Any Further To Fall?
Austerity Britain has brought poverty to unprecedented levels. Food banks, slashing of benefits, poverty pay and zero hour contracts are just some of the ways in which millions have been impoverished to such an extent that every week is a struggle to feed the kids and heat the home.
Measures like a £10 an hour living wage and the ending of zero hour contracts are some of the ways that poverty can be tackled. Another idea that has come to the fore is the idea of a “Citizen’s Income” that would guarantee that no one was forced below a certain level of income at any time. In a discussion postponed from last month we will focus on this issue on Thursday 26th February in The Link at 7.30pm.
For more information contact Kevin McVey on 07817 123917.
Turn The Tide On Austerity
Local members of the Scottish Socialist Party have hailed the recent result of elections in Greece as a chance to begin to ” turn the tide on austerity ” not only in Scotland but across Europe.
The radical left wing party SYRIZA won the election on a commitment to end the austerity politics being imposed on Greece, an austerity program that has impoverished large numbers of people and led to unemployment levels of 25% amongst young people.
Local branch chair Willie O’Neill believes that the result is relevant far beyond the borders of Greece. He commented, “Since the banking collapse of 2008, governments across Europe, and of course in Britain, have pursued the politics of so called ‘austerity’ which in reality have been about making ordinary people pay the price for an economic catastrophe that can be laid at the door of a privileged few who have largely been unaffected, and indeed have continued to get richer. SYRIZA’s victory represents a significant challenge to the austerity politics that have been embraced by mainstream parties of all shades. It raises real questions about how to we can begin to “ turn the tide on austerity ” in this country and beyond.”
The local branch of the SSP will be holding a meeting about the events in Greece on Thursday 12th February at 7.30pm. All members of the public are welcome.
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For more information contact: Kevin McVey 07817 123917