Students and staff at Edinburgh schools and nurseries have learned of
the chilling news that their places of learning and work places may be
under threat once again. The Edinburgh Evening News reported on the
thirtieth of October that Edinburgh Council intended to reopen a
consultation process that would look into the future of schools. It
also listed seventeen schools and nurseries that it expected to be
earmarked for the process.
After the government has pursued a series of attacks on the poorest
section of the working class in recent years, they have apparently
decideded to try and give something back to the poor by launching a new
Child Poverty Unit. This is a way of the government showing its
willingness to end child poverty which was, believe it or not, a stated
Labour policy in 2007. In Scotland for instance one in four children
still grows up in poverty. This nakedly displays the utter bankruptcy
of New Labour's market orientated policy.
The privatisation of higher education has meant its complete distortion, as the nature of a university degree has become subordinate to profitability and the market. Academic schools are now 'business units', students are customers and the mark you get is open to manipulation for the sake of attracting potential new consumers. It is the 'commodification' of education.
Wellred is pleased to announce the publication of our new
book, ‘What is Marxism?', based on the highly successful series of study guides
issued by Socialist Appeal, this book brings together key
material and introductions on the three basic areas of Marxist theory:
Dialectical Materialism, Historical Materialism and Marxist Economics. Each
section of the book includes a clear and easy-to-understand introduction to the
subject aimed both at readers new to Marxism as well as those seeking to refresh
their understanding of Marxist theory.
Over two days in early October the Cambridge branch of Socialist Appeal
managed to sign up over 150 people at the Cambridge University
Fresher's Fair for the Hands Off Venezuela campaign. Many
had already heard of the campaign and were keen to find out more,
whilst many wanted to know more about Latin American politics in