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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Is There A Scottish Road To Socialism?

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

Public Meeting - The Socialist Case for Independence

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
All welcome

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Scottish Independence: What a 'Yes' Vote Means for Your Finances

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.

Hi Larry,

Great to hear from you. My guide is live now and you can read it here  :

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.
One Pound
The debate about whether Scotland should split from the United Kingdom was always going to be dominated by hyperbole and patriotic rhetoric - from both sides.
But underneath all the chest beating and flag waving, what are the facts?
We look at 4 key Scottish referendum questions and what the Scottish independence financial implications would really be for you - whether you live north or south of the border...

1. Will there be a currency consensus?


The question of what happens to Scottish currency after independence is one of the most contentious issues of the entire referendum debate.
The SNP wants to continue using the pound and has threatened to renege on taking its share of the UK's national debt, using this stance as a bargaining chip to negotiate a deal.
Westminster on the other hand has said there will be no currency union and that Scotland would not be able to survive as an independent nation if it uses its own version of the pound.
If a currency union was agreed between an independent Scotland and the UK, it could require some sort of banking and fiscal union too, limiting the control Scotland would have over its interest rates, taxes and spending.
If Scotland was able to keep the pound, it would still be linked to rates in the rest of the UK (and the Bank of England's rate) so the amount you pay for things like mortgages could stay fairly level.
Choosing a new currency could have a dramatic impact on how much you pay (in an independent Scotland) because the country could be seen as a borrowing risk. If the country has to pay more interest on the money it borrows, this will hit you if you have a mortgage and you'll also pay more in interest.
As an independent nation, the SNP could seek European Union membership and take on the euro as its currency, though this would take time and be far from guaranteed (the Eurozone has a number of countries considered credit risks so may be reluctant to let another one join).

Rest of UK

Westminster's stance over the pound isn't just about political point scoring. A currency union with Scotland after the referendum would represent a real risk to UK taxpayers, because if Scotland defaults and is fiscally-linked to the Union, the UK public would have to bail the country out.
Some argue a currency union would make trading easier, which is an important consideration as countries within the UK rely on importing and exporting to one another.
The issue is further complicated by the fact that many people across the UK use financial services provided by Scotland-based companies.
Without a currency union, if you have a mortgage or loan from a Scottish company the interest rate could go up, or if you have a savings account or pension with a Scottish financial company its value could go down.

2. How much tax will you pay?


If the result of the Scottish independence poll is Yes to going solo, it's likely to have a profound impact on your taxes.
Government spending per person in Scotland is greater because of the cost of the public service sector, so to sustain this the government might have to raise tax levels - meaning you'll pay more.
One of the main arguments for Scottish independence made by the Yes camp is that, as an independent nation, Scotland would be able to redefine its taxation structure. This could mean the amount you pay is linked to how much you can pay - so those who earn more would pay more.

North Sea oil revenues vs. lost UK contributions

While Scotland could lay claim to a lot of the North Sea's reserves, their long-term value has been questioned. The oil market is notoriously volatile so there's no guarantee prices would stay high or competitive.
It's also debatable whether a greater tax on oil revenues and profits would make up for the amount of money an independent Scotland would lose in contributions from the rest of the UK, resulting in a greater deficit.

Rest of UK

It's hard to say how tax levels in the rest of the UK would change and it would largely depend on the terms of independence.
With government spending per head being higher in Scotland, if the country left the Union and you live in the UK you might actually end up paying slightly cheaper taxes.
However, if Scotland took ownership of the lion's share of North Sea oil reserves, the UK will be unable to tax profits generated by selling the natural resource.
The loss of that revenue stream could mean you have to pay higher taxes to make up for the shortfall if you live in the rest of the UK.

3. What does the future hold for pensions?


With a population of fewer than six million people and lower life expectancies than elsewhere in the UK, an independent Scotland should be able to spend less money on pensions than the rest of the Union.
Of course, if you work in the public sector you expect to receive a public sector pension. Scotland has a comparatively large public sector, meaning proportionately the Scottish Government would have to pay more to cover public sector pensions.

Rest of UK

An ageing population means more will have to be spent on pensions in the future across the entire country - including Scotland.
It's likely that there will also be greater pressure put on public services to care for them.
If you live and work in the UK, it's not only likely you'll have to pay more taxes to cover the elderly population's state pensions, but that you'll have to wait for longer until you can claim your own.
If Scotland breaks from the Union following the Scottish independence referendum and takes a lot of public sector workers with it, the remainder of the UK shouldn't need to cover their Scottish pensions.

4. What will be the impact on businesses?


While there are relatively few Scottish independence facts, about what will definitely happen should the country break from the UK, there have been reports about what could happen.
The Scottish Chambers of Commerce suggests almost a fifth of businesses would consider leaving an independent Scotland- a significant figure. Of course, that also implies the vast majority are currently happy to stay.
If companies did decide to up and leave, regardless of how many went it would still mean the country earns less money through corporate taxation.
Decades of free movement and trade between countries making up the United Kingdom means each region relies on importing from and exporting to the others, so these links would almost certainly be maintained even if Scotland chooses independence.

Rest of UK

The rest of the UK would still represent a far larger market, even without Scotland. As such the UK should have more of a say when it comes to negotiating the value of whatever it imports and exports north of the border, so the prices you pay for some products might fall.
On the other hand, with a larger population the UK needs to buy more products than it can sell back in return.
For example, if an independent Scotland owns most of what was the UK's oil resources, the rest of the Union would need to buy a lot of it from Scotland. This could see costs increase if companies put up their prices, so there's a chance you'll end up paying more for the same goods.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

March & Rally for Scottish Independence 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

Bannockburn Rally 2014 Reminder

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.

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
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Saturday, 17 May 2014

The Massacre of Glencoe

 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!

This September we have an opportunity to vote for an independent country. This is not a vote for the SNP or Alex Salmond indeed it is not a vote for a political party at all. That can wait until the Scottish elections in 2016. Then we can decide who should govern us in an independent Scotland. This paves the way for those of us on the Scottish Republican Left to campaign and struggle for a Scottish Socialist Republic. For like James Connolly said about Ireland if you replace the current flag with a green flag England will still rule you. This is true of Scotland also and English capitalist imperial rule or European Union laws dictating to or overruling Scottish Law. Sure we must seize the opportunity with both hands to secure a fair and just Scotland with social democratic policies. And socialism has to be a steady transition. But to create truly a New Scotland we must reach a longer term goal of a Socialist Republic. The conditions for socialist left thinking change after independence are ideal. And those of us on the Republican Left have unfinished business and will not drag our heels. The capitalist mainstream parties may deliver a social democratic left government ie: SNP, Labour or coalition but this is not socialism. Only socialism can tackle the ills of society and build a more equal society just as independence alone will mean fairer and more equal Scotland. But a more equal independent Scotland would not be hard to achieve with the record of Westminster. Only socialism can cure the beast completely instead of just dealing with the symptoms. In short after September we will be able to deal with the most serious issues with socialism being the longer term medication. Serious issues like scrapping Trident. Wage Freeze, Welfare Reform or the Bedroom Tax. We also need to stop Scotland being used as Britain's nuclear dustbin. ie: radioactive waste deposited in the Solway Firth in the South West of Scotland. And we cannot rely on nuclear power as Dounreay as proved. We will invest in renewable energy and I see a future for solar power in the world if countries get working on this. Anyway this weblog supports a move to Scottish Freedom but takes a longer view of the need for a Socialist Republic.
All Hail The Scottish Socialist Republic!!

Saturday, 3 May 2014

SRSM Statement on Cornwall

 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.
Alan Stewart
International Officer, Scottish Republican Socialist Movement

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Women For Independence - Fundraiser
Women For Independence is a non-party and all-party grassroots organisation which is part of the wide-ranging and fast-growing organic movement for Scottish Independence. We were founded in 2012 in response to the lack of women's voices helping to shape the debate about our democratic future. We want to ensure that women are not excluded from this debate - whether in our communities or in the media. For the past year we have been conducting listening exercises in communities and homes across Scotland to ask what women want to hear from this debate. We will be publishing this and our response very soon. We hope will help to inform the last six months of the campaign. There is a lot of work to do with a big gender gap in attitudes to independence. We are moving from a very reflective period to a campaigning period in the next 6 months with local groups happening all over Scotland. As a grassroots funded organisation we rely on donations for all the work we do. We are asking you to help us by donating. We want to: Hire 2 campaign organisers who can coordinate our activities in the four months before the referendum. Produce 2 new leaflets and supply to Yes groups and organisations across Scotland. Fund our three campaign videos (the first of which is due out to coincide with International Women's Day) each of which costs around £1800. To pay for advertising To fund venues for meetings and other activities. For example hiring the Pearce Institute in Glasgow for filming or meeting costs £100 per day. To provide media training for more women to widen the number of women representing the organisation. Our ambition is limited only by our access to funding. We have the opportunity to be part of an amazing and transformative period in our future, we want to ensure other women do too. If you can help with a donation, please do. We know that times are tough for so many people and we appreciate each and every amount you can help us with, no matter how large or small. Women For Independence Also Find This Campaign On: Facebook Twitter Website