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Perspectives is the quarterly magazine of Democratic Left Scotland (DLS), a non-party organisation whose roots lie in the socialist, feminist and green traditions and whose members work for progressive change throughout society. Some of us are involved in political parties,…

November 30th saw massive support for co-ordinated action. The Coalition’s assumptions about public opinion appeared to be not entirely accurate. The pension dispute by definition is complex. Different unions and different groups of workers with differing pension schemes. The unions…

Labour Leadership Congratulations to Johann Lamont and Anas Anwar on their election as leader and deputy leader of the Labour Party in Scotland.  Scotland needs a strong labour party that contributes to a political culture where the needs of working…

Only in future years will historians be able to look back on the events associated with the 2008 crash and reflect on the degree to which capitalism faced a fundamental crisis. In the here and now it feels more measured…

by David Purdy   It was reported on this evening’s news bulletin that the Franco-German plan for greater fiscal integration in the eurozone includes a proposal for the introduction – within the 17-member eurozone, not the 27-member EU – of…

by Lesley Riddoch In the first of a specially commissioned series of articles on Scotland, Lesley Riddoch considers the pluses and minuses of the defining characteristic of Scots culture the clan. It’s more than 300 years after the Treaty of…

 by Lynne Friedli   Living on nothing is trying not to hear the intellectual arguments and lofty ideals about living on nothing put forward by those who are not living on nothing. Living on nothing is dying. Out of the…

2pm, Saturday 19th November, Teviot Row House, Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AJ Speakers: Andrew Permain (author) and Eric Shaw (co-author of the Strange Death of Scottish Labour) This meeting gives an opportunity to discuss Andrew Permain’s new book on the…

Two of the foundations of European citizenship are the right to free movement across the continent and to move freely in the Schengen area without border controls. These rights have been called into question by French, Italian, and Danish leaders as a…

Democratic Left Scotland’s National Council met on Saturday May 21st to discuss the impact of the ‘Scottish Spring’.  The potential created by the new Salmond government was considered within the context of fostering the self-determination in citizens, communities and workplaces; part…