SSP chickens come home to roost

Where did it all go wrong? asks Sarah McDonald

The much postponed perjury trial of former Scottish Socialist Party convenor Tommy Sheridan and his wife, Gail, which began on October 4, continues to make the headlines in Scotland. As readers will be all too painfully aware, the Sheridans are accused of lying in court during the former MSP’s successful 2006 defamation case against News International’s News of the World over allegations in that paper over his sex life.

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Letters

In between; No to unity; Murderers; Irish initiative; Grandiose?

Understatement

Don't wait to hear whether the news is good, urges Robbie Rix

End the war on drugs

Once again, science and capitalism's irrationality collide. Eddie Ford examines the latest study

Lies will not help the anti-war movement

Ben Lewis reports on the Stop the War Coalition's annual conference, where underhand methods were once again deployed to reject the affiliation of Hands Off the People of Iran

Entries and exits

Mike Macnair continues his historical summary of British Trotskyism's attitude to Labour Party work

Celluloid standouts

Jim Moody summarises the highlights of the London Film Festival

How did it come to this?

Nick Rogers examines the tragic results of the SSP split

In defence of left communism

James Tansey takes issue with Jack Conrad

Snub to Labour machine

Lutfur Rahman has garnered support from some sections of the left, writes James Turley

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