the 21st of January 10 school students from all around Edinburgh
attended the first meeting of the ESSU (Edinburgh School Students’ Union). The
meeting was billed under the title “Why we need a Union” and was attended by
students from three different high schools.
There has been an explosion of anger among young people all over
Europe. This anger is directed at hardline neoliberal policies aimed at
privatising education and casualising youth employment. In a word they
have been designed to make young people bear the burden of capitalism.
The youth have been fighting back. This inspiring movement recalls
memories of the pan-European movement of 1968. It could be bigger and
more significant, as it coincides with a reawakening of the organised
working class in the teeth of the crisis of capitalism.
week, Leeds University played host to In Defence of Marxism
editor Alan Woods, speaking on the subject of the Venezuelan
revolution and the impact of the recent regional and municipal
elections. Organised by the International Affairs Forum, whose
previous speakers include such well-known establishment figures as Hillary
Benn and Geoff Hoon, the meeting drew a large and lively crowd (over
50 were in attendance).
On Wednesday 19th November UEA’s Socialist Society hosted a joint meeting
with the UEA Green Party. The meeting took the form of a debate between Norwich
City Councillor Rupert Read (Green Party) and Fred Weston on the important
issue of the food crisis. The question of whether the crisis is one of
production or distribution was the starting point of the debate, enabling the
speakers to explain their perspective on the cause of the crisis and
ultimately, their proposed solutions.
On Saturday 8th November, in celebration of the
91st anniversary of the Russian Revolution, students of ULU’s Marxist Society
organised a Lenin tour of London. The tour, led by Rob Sewell, provided a
unique insight into some of the places both Lenin and his life long partner and
comrade Nadezhda Krupskaya lived
and where they worked to build the Russian Marxist movement, destined to lead
the Russian working class and peasantry to victory in 1917.