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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

Monday, 7 April 2014

The Socialist Case for Independence

Here is the full video for the SSP's public meeting in Govan, Glasgow. Join the SSP here: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Facebook: Visit us online: Sillars: 'Self-confidence rising in working class Scots' By Alan Ferguson MORE than 150 people packed into Govan's Pearce Institute to hear the socialist case for Scottish Independence last night, heralding one of the biggest Yes meetings in the district so far. The main speakers were Jim Sillars, a former Govan MP, and Colin Fox, former MSP and leader of the SSP. The well-attended event, hosted by the SSP, was aimed at converting undecided voters by presenting a socialist alternative to the SNP's vision of independence. Jim Sillars said: "What I take from tonight's meeting is the amount of self confidence thats now manifested in the Scottish working class. "We have eradicated the myth of inadequacy in our lives and that's a big, big step forward. "The other thing is the energy in the Yes campaign, not just the SSP - there is a lot of energy in the SSP - but the Yes campaign in general. "A speaker can draw from the audience if there is energy there or not, and I could tell there was a lot of energy down here tonight." Recent figures shows public mood is shifting against a pro-Union agenda, with Yes rising steadily in the polls. With pro-Yes public meetings taking place up and down the width and breadth of Scotland every night of the week, the No campaign has not seen such support. And it has now been called a class war - as more working and lower middle class people living in Scotland turn against the rule from Westminster. Colin Fox said: "It was another fantastic meeting - we're having these every week now for the SSP."

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Jim Sillars - In Place of Fear II

Published on Jan 16, 2014 
Jim Sillars speaking passionately about Scottish Independence and his book In Place of Fear II.

 To learn more about Scotland taking control of its own destiny on the 18 September 2014...

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