The Scottish Independence Convention

Independence under the Crown or a Scottish Republic? Allan Armstrong examines the case put by the proponents and opponents of the Scottish Independence Convention in the SSP and develops the RCN’s distinct republican approach. The political nature of and the ambiguities in the Pro-Convention camp After last May’s election to the Scottish Parliament, Alan McCombes,…

Beyond Broadswords and Bayonets

Challenging left nationalism and left unionism in the SSP 1. Socialist Approaches to History in Scotland i) Book publication produces political storm ii) Scottish marxists and Scottish history – the long silence iii) The Scottish Left begins to rouse from its unionist sleep iv) The symbiotic relationship between British left unionism and Scottish left nationalism…

You are the weakest link! SSP Special Conference, the Left and No to the Euro Campaign

Allan Armstrong (RCN), mover of the active boycott motion assesses the SSP Special Conference How the debate was handled The SSP SC on June 22nd, voted by a 4-1 margin to campaign for a no vote when Tony Blair finally decides to set the date for the Euro referendum. An extended morning session was given…

Linking republicanism and socialism in Scotland

Allan Armstrong looks at recent debates in the Scottish Socialist Party over republicanism and the jubilee Scotland is the part of the United Kingdom with the widest anti monarchist feelings, yet it is somewhat ironic that the Scottish Socialist Party, despite being the most influential socialist grouping in these islands, showed its usual reluctance to…

The Euro Referendum: The case for an active boycott

Allan Armstrong why workers should support an active boycott of the Euro referendum The rise of the populist and fascist Right in Europe The rise of the populist and fascist Right in the Netherlands, France and England has caused considerable debate amongst the Left throughout Europe. We cannot be complacent in Scotland, just because the…