Republic Day at James Connolly’s birthplace. Organised by the James Connolly Society and the 1916 Societies.
This article, by 107 Cowgate’s Jim Slaven, first appeared at Tal Fanzine. The referendum campaign in Scotland is well under way and almost all politics is dominated by the 2014 vote. Every political statement and decision is viewed through the prism of the constitutional debate. For Irish republicans in Scotland our position on the referendum … Continue reading
This documentary, James Connolly – A Working Class Hero, is a comprehensive look at the life and work of James Connolly. From his birth in Edinburgh’s Little Ireland to his execution by the British state and via his life in the United States this great documentary explores Connolly and his times. Featuring contributions from the … Continue reading
By Jim Slaven The deal between Alex Salmond and David Cameron on the arrangements for the 2014 constitutional referendum has been widely welcomed. Most commentators have focussed on process issues such as timing, number of questions or votes for sixteen and seventeen year olds but there was also a substantial political battle being waged in … Continue reading
By Jim Slaven So the Olympics are over and it is time to reflect on the significance of London 2012. While the coverage has been extensive, none of it has come close to a brilliant book published before London 2012 had even started. French intellectual Marc Perelman’s extended essay Barbaric Sports does a great job … Continue reading
By Jim Slaven “Fellow-workers, stand by the dignity of your class. All these parading royalties, all this insolent aristocracy, all these grovelling, dirt-eating capitalist traitors, all these are but signs of disease in any social state – diseases which a royal visit brings to a head and spews in all its nastiness before our horrified … Continue reading
By James Kelman In an American journal I read a prominent English writer was described as ‘very British’. What can it mean to be ‘very British’? Could I be described in this way? Can my work be described as ‘very British’? No, not by people in Britain, or by those with a thorough knowledge of … Continue reading
This article first appeared in Bella Caledonia, the original can be viewed here. By Jim Slaven The constitutional question has dominated Scottish politics for some considerable time. During the last parliament the SNP minority government tried in vain to get parliamentary support to hold a referendum on independence and since last year’s election of an … Continue reading