The State, The Crisis In The SSP And The Republican Response

Life for socialists and anti-imperialists is never easy – the bosses, the media and the state ensure that. However, some injuries can be self-inflicted. The current, very public spat inside the SSP highlights the relative weakness of forces with the experience and methods needed to combat what is clearly an orchestrated media attack on the…

RCN Statement on the Split in the Scottish Socialist Party.

The Scottish Socialist Party has been held up throughout the UK and beyond as a model for socialist unity. It was built on the firm ground of direct action and working class resistance. It included the vast majority of socialist organisations in Scotland and local branch organisations of British trade unions. The SSP is now…

A Critique and Exposure of Tommy Sheridan’s Daily Record and The SSP has reached the crossroad “manifestoes”.

Tommy’s battle against the News of the World Tommy Sheridan has won a famous victory over the News of the World. This has been proclaimed by Tommy’s immediate supporters, the SWP and CWI, and by that section of the press and media, which likes to pretend it is morally superior to the News of the…

After the Scottish elections – what next for socialists?

Andrew Johnson, 16 May 2007 The recent elections to the Scottish Parliament have given a bloody nose to New Labour in Gordon Brown’s backyard and, with the Scottish National Party emerging as the largest party, there is the possibility of a constitutional crisis over the SNP’s plans for a referendum on independence. However, the Scottish…

RCN motion to October 2006 SSP Conference

This SSP National Conference agrees to adopt the following policies:- 1 SSP members should not resort to the state’s courts when seeking redress for politically motivated attacks on their behaviour. 2 When SSP members are subjected to politically motivated attacks by the state or media, they should be able to call upon the support of…

2006 Motion to National Conference – Passed

Affiliations by SSP This Conference agrees that the SSP should adopt the following principle when the party is affiliating to outside organisations/campaigns:- these organisations should be democratically organised, with committees and/or office bearers regularly elected at meetings open to its members or delegates. day-today policies should be in the hands of democratically elected committees or…

2004 Motion to National Conference – Passed

European Elections Conference believes that the SSP must continue to develop strong links with socialists across Europe, including in England and Wales, through the European Anti Capitalist Left (EACL). We welcome coverage of the EACL in the SSP All Members Bulletin and the encouragement for branches to discuss these developments. The SSP should advocate within…

Setback or Disaster: Can the SSP Survive?

Following the setback of May’s Scottish Parliament election results, June’s issue of Frontline magazine carries two contrasting articles on What next for Scottish socialism? – one from SSP National Secretary, Pam Currie, the other from Gregor Gall. Mary McGregor responds. We all knew the Scottish parliamentary results in May would be bad for the SSP.…

Upholding socialist principles

Scottish Socialist Party members cannot have failed to be affected and concerned by the events surrounding Tommy Sheridan’s resignation as the party’s convenor, the subsequent speculation and ‘analysis’ in the media and the handling of the events by the SSP Executive Committee. During the internal discussions the question of what socialist principles should be guiding…