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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Republican Burns Night & Glencoe

Republican Burns Night. 

7pm, Jan 24th in the St Peter's Hall. Partick. 
46-60 Hyndland Street, Glasgow G11 5P 
Fiery Jack 
Ann Gomez 
Mr Amazing Magician Patrick Scott Hogg on the Real Republican Burns. 
Vegan Soup 
Haggis, (Vegetarian Haggis Please order in advance) 
Champit Totties, Neeps. 
£10 Children Free 

Glencoe rally Sunday February 15th. 2.30 pm Glencoe Car park 
Uisqueabach. Mr Amazing 
John Connolly Community Hall in Renton, where you can bring yer ain cerry oots. 
£5 Children Free 
Bus from North Frederick St George Square Glasgow 11 am. 11.30am from Station Car park Alexandria, Dunbartonshire. £10. Children Free 

Uisqueabach will play at Arbroath on April 5. 

Monday, 8 December 2014

Cornwall, so far and yet so close

Cornwall, so far and yet so close / Kernev-Veur, ken pell ha ken tost…

This months edition of the Breton magazine Bremañ (Now) has three articles about Cornwall and the Cornish. Here you will find the opening editorial from Bremañ and its English translation. You can find Bremañ on Facebook here

It is with Skol an Emsav, who produce Bremañ, that I started to study the Breton language in any seriousness. Many thanks to them and their team. 

Kernev-Veur… Un tamm douar en tu all da Vor Breizh. E Stad Breizh-Veur. Ha ni, e Stad Frañs. Gwallzarvoudoù an Istor… Petra ’reoc’h? 

Mat eo lavaret hag adlavaret ez eo Kernev-Veur ar vroad tostañ dimp e pep keñver. N’eus ket da glask pemp troad d’ar maout. Aze emañ hor breudeur hag hor c’hoarezed nesañ. Gwir eo e sellomp aesoc’h hag aliesoc’h ouzh Kembre. Bev ar yezh du-hont. Aes a-walc’h tapout tammoù kembraeg en ur gevredigezh ma c’haller c’hoazh kembraegañ e-mesk an dud. Met Kernev-Veur eo ar vro dostañ dimp e pep keñver. N’eo ket ar c’herneveureg pempvet rannyezh ar brezhoneg. Diskouezet eo bet splann gant Ken George. Ar yezh predenek tostañ dimp ez eo avat ha diarvar eo kement-se. 

Trawalc’h e vefe kement-se evit ma vefe gwir genlabour etre Breizhiz ha Kerneveuriz evit lakaat tostaat an div yezh predenek. Ha pelloc’h c’hoazh, perak chom hep hunvreal? Lakaat an teir yezh predenek da dostaat en-dro, war dachenn an ezhommoù nevez? En hon dalc’h emañ kement-se, penn-da-benn. Ober a reomp bremañ, ken aes ha tra, gant ar ger “kleweled”. Piv a oar ez eo ar ger kembraek clyweled? N’eus forzh, graet en deus e dreuz. Peogwir e oa da vezañ evel-se. Adkavout a reer ar memes ger e kerneveureg evit an anv-gwan klywwelyek. Ur skouer hag a vefe brav heuliañ en dazont, pa gaver ar memes gwriziennoù en teir yezh. Pep hini eus an teir yezh predenek he deus traoù da reiñ d’an div all. 

 Embannet e Bremañ Du 2014, niv.397. 

"Dyski kernewek nyns yw pur gales!" da lavaret eo: “deskiñ kernewek nend eo peur galet” pe “deskiñ kerneveureg n’eo ket diaes-tre.”

In the English translation that follows I have tried my best to stay as close as possible to the Breton so that it will be easier for Cornish speakers to compare the two languages. This results in English that may seem a little unusual or clumsy at times, but it provides a better idea of how things are expressed in Breton. Please do feel free to suggest changes or corrections. I would be most grateful of the help. 

Cornwall a stretch of land on the other side of the British Sea [the Channel]. Inside Great Britain. And us [Breton's] inside the French state. The mishaps of history. What to do? 

It is good to say and say again that Cornwall is the nation closest to us in all ways. No need looking for five legs on a ram (in looking for complications). Over there are our closest brothers and sisters. It is true that we look to Wales with greater facility, and more often. The language is alive there. It's easy enough to pick up bits of Welsh in a society where one can still speak the language amongst the people. However, Cornwall is the country closest to us in all ways. Cornish is not the fifth dialect of Breton. This has been clearly demonstrated by Ken George. The closest brythonic language to ours, it is however, without risk (without doubt).

That should be enough for there to be a true collaboration between the Bretons and the Cornish to draw together these two brythonic languages. And why not dream of going further? Why not draw the three brythonic languages together again with regards to modern needs? All this is completely in our hands. We use the word kleweled [audiovisual] with no great difficulty. Who knows that there is a Welsh word clyweled? Anyway, this word has gone the distance (been accepted). Because it was to be that way. We find the same word in Cornish klywwelyek as the adjective. An example that would be great to follow in the future when we  find the same root-words in all three languages. Each of the three brythonic languages has something to offer to the two others. 

Publish in Bremañ November 2014, No 397

"Dyski kernewek nyns yw pur gales!" that is to say: “deskiñ kernewek nend eo peur galet [learning Cornish is not too hard]” or “deskiñ kerneveureg n’eo ket diaes-tre [learning Cornish is not very difficult].”


The Dream Team - SNP, Plaid, MK, Greens and English Regionalists

SNP Should Team Up With Plaid Cymru And Greens To End Coalition's 'Austerity Economics': The SNP could team up with parties such as Plaid Cymru and the Greens at Westminster to build a new alliance in a bid to bring an end to the "austerity economics" pursued by the major parties there, Scotland's new First Minister said.
Yes, they most certainly should, and what's more, they should invite Mebyon Kernow, the various English regionlist parties and any other democratic reformers, federalists and socialists out there - those who have seen through the LibLabCon scam - to join them. After the Scottish referendum that would make politics interesting again. Whilst I know the above article refers to a parliamentary pact for which a party would need MP's I think I can still dream of a large based anti-austerity coalition fighting the next general election. 
Perhaps it's naive on my part - I have very little experience of electioneering or being a politician; and I know there is some bad-blood between different parties - but I can't help imagining taking a cocktail shaker pouring in the SNP, Plaid Cymru, the various Green parties from the UK, Mebyon Kernow, Yorkshire First, North East Party, Wessex Regionalists and any other democrats, reformers, socialists and federalists disillusioned with the what's been on offer to present, and then serving up a most palatable drink to the UK electorate. 
On the English regionalist front the latest developments include:
The launch of a cross party Campaign for the North, who made some very positive comments about Cornish devolution when questioned via social media.
Talks between the North East Party and Yorkshire First concerning an electoral alliance. It should also be noted that Paul Salveson of the Hannah Mitchell Foundation has joined Yorkshire First and will be their candidate for the Colne Vally.

Glencoe & Burns Night

  The Scottish Republican Socialist Movement will hold its annual Glencoe  rally on Sunday Feb 15th. The Brady Band will run the bus and will be booking a  community hall in Renton.  Uisgeabaogh will play at the event and will also play at the annual Arbroath rally, to be held on April 5th. Details to follow as details become firmer.


  Burns Night on Saturday, 7pm, Jan 24th in the St Peter's Hall, Partick, Glasgow           

The SRSM will host a joint Burns Night and 'Scottish Socialists for Independence' Night on Saturday, January 24th, at 7:00 PM, in the St. Peter's Hall, in Partick.  Patrick Scot Hogg will speak, if available.

Those interested in either event should contact the SRSM.

Scottish Socialist Republic

Solidarity statements John MacLean Rally 2014

Rhisiart Tal-e-bot
General Secretary
Celtic League

John MacLean Commemoration - 2014

Message of Support from the Celtic League

Just over ninety years after the death of John Maclean it looks as if finally some of the ideals of social justice and reform are starting to seed in the heart of the political establishment in Scotland.

However, despite the euphoria currently surrounding the commitment to social change presently mooted by the Scottish government it would be a naive person indeed who believed that social justice, adequate provision of welfare and the elimination of poverty are just around the corner.

The Celtic League is uniquely placed to monitor social change across the Celtic countries and over ten years ago we highlighted the alarming increase in child poverty levels in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the other Celtic areas.

Since that time, to the shame of all the established political parties, food banks have become a necessary institution in our countries.

Former SNP leader Alex Salmond caught the mood of post-referendum public opinion in Scotland when he said that the UK Conservative government and their acolytes in other political parties should have ‘their feet held to the fire’ to deliver on guarantees given.

We could usefully take that statement and extend its principle to all politicians in these Islands.

We owe it to the legacy of John Maclean, James Connolly in Ireland and Samuel Norris in Mann – not to mention the countless numbers of anonymous and forgotten Republican Socialists who fought, suffered and in some instances died to improve the lot of their fellow man to hold the feet of all politicians throughout these Islands to the fire until poverty, good health provision and social justice are enjoyed by all.

Bernard Moffatt
Director of Information
pp The Celtic League.

November 28th 2014

IRSN Solidarity Statement: John MacLean Commemoration 2014

Once again, the comrades of the International Republican Socialist Network extend our heartfelt solidarity with the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement and the Scottish working class on the occasion of the commemoration of the memory of John MacLean who, with James Connolly, is one of Scotland's two great contributions to the revolutionary movement of working people throughout the world and especially to the republican socialist tendency within that movement. 

As lessons are being drawn from the recent disappointment at having a victory for the Scottish independence movement stolen away by British treachery, the most revolutionary section of the Scottish working class is recognising that the lesson is clear; that Scottish working people must organise themselves independently from all other classes in Scotland, under their own banners and slogans, openly asserting that the only successful way to achieve meaningful Scottish independence is through the creation of a Scottish workers' republic. 

MacLean understood that Scottish workers could better achieve a workers' republic, if they separated themselves from the other nations of the island of Britain; most importantly from England, whose greater social conservatism would drag them backwards, just as today it imposes Tory austerity programs on Scottish workers. More than this, however, MacLean also understood that the destruction of the 'ancien regime' of the imperialist British state, which Irish and Scottish independence would help to bring about, ultimately served the interests of workers throughout the British Isles and throughout the world. The undermining of the archaic British monarchy, the House of Lords, the aristocracy, the financiers of the City of London, and the British war machine which Scottish independence would help to encourage, would benefit all those oppressed by British imperialism and the British capitalist class. 

The heroic organising efforts of the Scottish people for independence has served to give impetus to a more determined independence movement in Wales and has shaken the loyalist reactionaries of Ireland's occupied six counties. It also helped to give greater hope and determination to the independence movement in Catalonia and the Basque lands, in Cornwall and Breizh, in Quebec and Puerto Rico. The comrades of the IRSN applaud these past efforts and call upon revolutionary Scottish workers to re-double those efforts in the future; to refuse to me pacified and fight on. 

There is but one fitting memorial that can be built for John MacLean and that is the Scottish workers' republic he set out to forge. The International Republican Socialist Network applaud you and urge you forward towards that goal today. The world is watching; show them what Scottish workers are capable of. Tear down the butcher's apron and raise the Saltire and the red flag high over Scotland. Another world is possible!

Peter Urban
Comrade, International Republican Socialist Network

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
- See more at:

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!!