Tuesday, 9 September 2014
From Democracy and Class Struggle
This debate reflects the variety of views on the Left in Scotland about the question of independence and Democracy and Class Struggle does not endorse any of the speakers views.
We publish this old debate to provide background to the current Scottish Referendum from a reformist socialist and revsionist communist view and we express our own revolutionary Maoist communist view in opposition to these views.
We think that the speaker from the Communist Party of Scotland Eric Canning comes nearest to the central question, that should be addressed by those interested in a Scottish Socialist Republic namely that of the British State and its smashing which we have addressed here.
The spokesperson for the Communist Party of Britain Professor John Foster has still not reputured from the revisionist Parliamentary British Road to Socialism that emerged in the 1950's which is why they have become increasingly irrevelvant over time not only in Scotland but Britain has an organisation.
Democracy and Class Struggle says that it is delusional if the Scottish Left think that an Independent Scottish Socialist Republic can be legislated through the Scottish Parliament or any other bourgeois institution .
The Scottish people will have to create new Scottish institutions of direct democracy like a Scottish Republican Congress if they want to challenge the British State.
The Scottish Road to Socialism discussed by the speakers above sounds like another version of the Parliamentarism of the British Road to Socialism also known as the revsionists road to obilivion.
If we look at Norwegian or Irish Independence in the 20th century in Western Europe Scottish Socialists and Communists will need at minimum to create a Scottish Citizens Army to support the Scottish Republican Congress if they truely want to introduce independence and Socialism in Scotland.
Socialism in Scotland will be opposed by the British State with all the perfidiousness it can muster which has been on display to the world for centuries and no one should be ignorant of it least of all socialists and communists.
John Maclean Scotland's great son and inspirer of the idea of an Independent Scottish Socialist Republic was a victim of that perfidy.
Monday, 11 August 2014
The Socialist Case for Independence
STUC, 330 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3
Friday, 22nd August 2014 at 7pm
Pat Kane Musician, writer and advisory board member of YES Scotland
Isobel Lindsay The Commonweal Project
Bob Thomson Labour for Independence
Cat Boyd Radical Independence Campaign
Jim Sillars Writer and Activist
Bill Kidd MSP (SNP) Chair
Organised by Scottish Socialists for Independence
Thursday, 7 August 2014
I have a guest writer this month Lily Donaldson who looks at your finances if Scotland votes Yes to Independence. As you will be aware the article is informative but does not claim to take sides in the Referendum debate.
Great to hear from you. My guide is live now and you can read it here :http://www.money.co.uk/article/1010373-scottish-independence-what-a-yes-vote-means-for-your-finances.htm
As I said before, I think it is very useful and makes a good discussion point, so if you would like me to cover it with an original version or summary, let me know.
On 18th September millions of Scottish citizens will cast their vote, either in favour of independence, or of staying with the UK. Scotland breaking from the Union could have a huge impact on your finances - we explain how.
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Dear Comrades last year the March and Rally for Scottish Independence was a fantastic event in Edinburgh Carlton Hill and this year in just over 2 months 30th August 2014 is the big one. By watching the video on the website you can get a feel of the atmosphere of such an event.
Yours For Scotland
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Annual Bannockburn Rally
Saturday June 21
1.15pm Mayfield Centre (row of wee shops) Bannockburn village, facing Borestone Bar,
where Bruce is reputed to have camped. March from roundabout to Glasgow Road to field facing 1320 Inn for speakers.
Scoriach. 1314 Inn. Fiery Jack and others. Tickets £5, Children Free.
Bus 10.45 am from North Frederick St, George Square, Glasgow. £10 Children Free.
Separate bus pick up at Alexandria Station Car Park. 11.20 am
Leave 1314 Inn at 7-ish.
Monday, 19 May 2014
Sunday, 18 May 2014
Annual Bannockburn Rally
Saturday 21st June 2014
1.30pm Mayfield Centre (row of wee shops) Bannockburn village, facing Borestone Bar.
March from Roundabout on to Glasgow Road to field facing 1320 Inn for speakers.Scoriach. 1314 Inn. Fiery Jack and others. Tickets £5, Children Free.
Bus 10.45 am from North Hanover St, George Square, Glasgow. £10 Children Free.
Pick up at Alexandria Station Car Park. 11.20 am
Leave 1314 Inn at 7-ish.
There is a ceilidh in the Tartan Arms in the village of Bannockburn afterwards. Those wishing to attend will have to make their own transport arrangements as it would be too costly hiring the coach to come back.
(Please note, this event has nothing to do with the Bannockburn Live which will be held on the following weekend of June 28/29.)
Annual John MacLean Commemoration Rally
Sunday November 28 2014
Full details to follow- See more at: http://www.scottishrepublicansocialistmovement.org/Pages/SRSMEvents.aspx
Saturday, 17 May 2014
Glencoe is renowned, Clough (2001) says, for its' "awesome scenery and its savage history." With its' backdrop of craggy peaks and the tumbling River Coe, Dickens compared it to a "burial ground of a race of giants."
The talk of "savage history" refers of course to the infamous Massacre of Glencoe. The background to the Massacre lay in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 which saw the catholic James VII of Scotland replaced by King William of Orange.
Supporters of the exiled James, the Jacobites, rose up against William. Eventually William offered an apparent amnesty on the condition that all clan chiefs took an oath of loyalty before 1st January 1692.
MacIain, an elderly chief of the MacDonalds of Glencoe, went first -by mistake- to Fort William. When he eventually got to Inverary to take the oath before the Sheriff of Argyll he was several days late!
The Secretary of State, Sir John Dalrymple, decided to make an example of the troublesome MacDonalds. Some 120 soldiers, mainly from the Campbell territory of Argyll, were sent to the Glen on the pretext of collecting taxes.
It was traditional for Highland clans to offer hospitality to travellers. Also the commanding officer was related to MacIain by marriage. So the Campbells were welcomed and cared for.
Yet after the best part of a fortnight the order came for the soldiers to turn on their hosts. At dawn on 13 February 1692 the Massacre began. MacIain and 37 others were killed.
Some soldiers had apparently alerted the remaining MacDonalds but 40 more died of exposure in wintry hideouts.
The treacherous events caused a political scandal. There was an inquiry and, although it was a whitewash, Dalrymple lost his job.
There is now a monument to MacIain in the village and an annual Commemoration organised by the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement.
All Hail The Scottish Socialist Republic!!
Saturday, 3 May 2014
The Scottish Republican Socialist Movement welcomes the news that the Cornish have at long last been recognised under the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.
The change puts the Cornish on the same footing as other Celtic peoples such as the Welsh, Scots and Irish.
The Convention stipulates that there should be respect for the "ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious identity of each person belonging to a national minority."
Dick Cole, leader of Mebyon Kernow (party of cornwall) has described it as a "fantastic development" and a "proud day for Cornwall."
This follows on from the disclosure that some 84000 people declared themselves Cornish in the 2011 Census and increasing evidence of what the Independent (23/4/14) describes as a "robust revival" in interest in speaking the Cornish language.
International Officer, Scottish Republican Socialist Movement
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
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