A Socialist Resistance Public Meeting
Scotland: Why socialists should back independence
WEDNESDAY 30 MAY, 7.30pm
Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, W1T 6AQ
(Warren Street tube)
Gregor Gall, author of Tommy Sheridan: A Political Biography, and The Political Economy of Scotland: Red Scotland?
and Terry Conway, Socialist Resistance. (Read Terry’s article Vote “yes” for Scottish independence here.)
Yes to independence! No to austerity!
Why socialists should support the fight for Scottish independence
At the beginning of this year, we saw a ratcheting up of the debate about Scotland’s future. David Cameron tried to wrong foot Scotland’s First Minister, the Scottish National Party’s Alex Salmond, and failed miserably. Unionist bile has been whipped up by politicians from all the Westminster based parties. But opinion polls indicate that support for independence is growing.
The left in Britain needs to discuss again the Scottish national question. Socialist Resistance has supported the Scottish Socialist Party and the fight for self determination for Scotland.
Socialist Resistance believes that independence for Scotland is a progressive demand. Scotland would be economically, politically, culturally and socially better off making its own decisions and standing on its own two feet. The fight for independence involves confronting powerful vested interests at the heart of the British capitalism.
Socialist Resistance supports the fight for independence for Scotland and against austerity. A progressive independent Scotland would strengthen the anti-capitalist movement throughout Britain. And a Scotland that was independent would weaken Britain as a major imperialist power, something that should be welcomed.