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The Civil Service

IN JUNE it was recorded that the British Civil Service had 465,120 full-time-equivalent members of staff. They are those employed in central government departments, non-departmental public bodies such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the agencies supervised by central government such as the British Hallmarking Council. This figure excludes those in the armed forces, the NHS, police and local government.

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

AT TIME of typing, the final outcome of the COP26 conference in Glasgow is unclear. Unhappily, it was too cold and wet last Saturday for this correspondent to go out protesting against climate change and global warming. Nearly 100,000 people did so however, mostly clad wisely in oil-based waterproof clothing, some of whom seemed to travel very long distances, presumably by sailing ship and horse and cart to do so.

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Pot Calls Kettle Black

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has said of the Tory party that it “has been overtaken by sleaze and corruption” and that cronyism “has rotted it to its core”. That is indeed true, but Blackford is not best placed to take a high moral tone. The “humble crofter” made £38,967 form his outside work last year at the hourly rate of £1,217.

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Book Wars

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

After last week’s Angus Robertson book launch fiasco another stash of murky dealings in the publishing world is emerging. Police Scotland’s financial crimes unit is investigating the Sandstone Press, an Inverness-based publisher which was awarded grants and loans to the tune of £295,000 from the Highlands & Islands Enterprise agency (HIE). In total it has received £500,000 of public money from other sources such as Creative Scotland.

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Johnson in a sea of sleaze

Sputnik

SPECULATION regarding whether the Conservative Party broke the law on political donations regarding the funding of the lavish refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s flat in Downing Street has fed into the barrage of criticism the Prime Minister has been fending off amidst the Owen Peterson ‘sleaze row’.

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International News

Red Flags in Moscow!

by New Worker correspondent

RUSSIAN communists were out in force in Moscow this week on the anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution that established the first workers’ and peasants’ republic on 7th November 1917. On that day, the Bolsheviks led the armed uprising to establish a new republic based on Soviet power. And on Sunday Russian communists marched past the Lenin mausoleum and Stalin’s grave by the Kremlin wall to honour the generations that defeated the White Guards and the imperialist armies during the Civil War to build a Soviet Union that smashed the Nazi legions in the Second World War and establish a new people’s world in eastern Europe.

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Guantanamo: the one place in Cuba where torture occurs

by Raúl Antonio Capote

CHILLING testimony of the torture and abuses committed against Majid Khan, held at the illegal Guantanamo Naval Base after the 11th September 2001 attacks in New York and at the Pentagon, was recently presented by the prisoner before a jury of eight US military officers, members of the court trying him.

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Palestinians take Israeli war-crimes to The Hague

CP Israel

THE International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS) and international rights groups are preparing to lodge a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Israel over the latter’s “systematic targeting” of Palestinian journalists in Gaza.

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Demosthenes Ligdopoulos Greece’s first communist hero

by Nikos Mottas

DEMOSTHENES Ligdopoulos was born in Athens in 1898. In 1916, at the age of 18, he was enrolled at the University as a mathematics student. In the same year, alongside his co-students S Komiotis, F Tzoulatis and the Tzoumas brothers, he founded the ‘Socialist Youth of Athens’ movement. From then on, socialist ideas and the labour movement became an inseparable part of his life. The Great October Socialist Revolution in 1917 was an event that ignited the flame of Ligdopoulos’ revolutionary thinking and activity.

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Features

Biden hasn’t got a prayer

by Finian Cunningham

US PRESIDENT Joe Biden escaped to Europe last week leaving behind a domestic scene of political disorder and despair.

In a corny bit of reporting, the AP news agency opined that Biden would begin his European tour by seeking the “power of prayer” by visiting the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis.

The “deeply religious” president would find inspiration, it was suggested, before heading off to the G20 and COP26 summits where he would tout US leadership for confronting “climate change” and the alleged growing “authoritarianism” of China and Russia.

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The corruption of complacency

Australian Communist Party

WE LIVE in a world of anger and discontent. The movements we see are in retaliation of that. They’re sensationalised, exciting bursts of energy with a promise of change. But then a day passes, a week, a month, and soon we’re looking in retrospect to massive protests of the past that ended up doing nothing or having very little meaningful change. Movements doom themselves to failure before they even begin by being built with a weak sense of central unity, incoherent ideology, poor tactics and spontaneous and single-issue causes.

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