Another Big Year?
The beginning of a new year can be a time to look forward and plan for the future. The same applies for the SSP. We have to consider what 2016 will bring and again it has the potential to be a big year for our party in Scotland.
The year begins with the threat of cuts hanging over North Lanarkshire and councils across Scotland. 45 million pounds is to be cut, threatening over 1000 jobs. This is the reality of Tory austerity where our jobs and services are on the line. It is also the reality of SNP and Labour pointing the finger at one and other rather than living up to their anti-austerity rhetoric by building resistance to Westminster’s cuts. Resistance has to be built to these cuts and we will begin the year campaigning with others to protect jobs and services.
The year will continue towards May and the Scottish Parliamentary elections. The SSP is standing as part of RISE – Scotland’s Left Alliance, an alliance of left wing organisations and individuals that will be looking to maximise support for socialist policies in May.
RISE is standing candidates across the eight regions in Scotland, including Central Region that includes Cumbernauld and Kilsyth. SSP members are well represented on the lists and in Central local SSP member Kevin McVey tops the list. There is an alternative to austerity and that lies in building an opposition movement to the free market economics that creates it and we will be doing all we can this year, as in others, to build that socialist alternative.
Our meetings this month will make our plans for 2016. They will take part on Thursday 14th and 28th January in The Link at 7.30pm.
More details about RISE can be found here http://www.rise.scot
For more information contact Kevin McVey on 07817 123917