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Statement from Jock Penman, Co-Convener of Solidarity

Statement from Jock Penman, Co-Convener of Solidarity

The excitement in the Westminster Parliament today, when Ian Blackford was ‘shown the door’ by the Speaker, is pretty much a storm in a teacup. While Blackford was trying, in vain, to use Parliamentary procedures to get a vote on the latest Brexit bill, he was summarily dismissed by the boss in the House of Commons.

The Labour Party MPs sat watching the spectacle like witnesses at a road accident, refusing to step in and help either side. Afterwards their only criticism is of the SNP, while ignoring the real issue of the Westminster government ignoring the Scottish Parliament. They have nothing of any substance, to offer, by way of a radical alternative.

Yes, it is an insult to the Scottish Parliament and, by implication, an insult to the people of Scotland; however, the question now is, ‘What happens now?’. Does the SNP plan to demonstrate their anger with further walkouts, still using the out-dated, undemocratic form of government that exists in Westminster?

Or will they carry out the mandate agreed by the Scottish Parliament and call for another referendum on Scottish Independence. There is now a choice; either carry on in the quagmire of Westminster or concentrate on independence.

“Solidarity is disgusted in the way the Tories have dismissed the power of the Scottish government

Press Release 13th June 2018

“Solidarity is disgusted in the way the Tories have dismissed the power of the Scottish government in the debate on 12/06/2018. They have disregarded the devolution agreement, disregarded the entire purpose of a Scottish government and disregarded the views and opinions of the Scottish people. Even those who voted to stay in the UK support the Scottish parliament having a say. The tories have decided to remove that say.

This is not a move that would be allowed to happen in a fair and equal union. This is a power grab by Westminster tories and nothing more.
Solidarity will not stand back and allow the rights of the Scottish parliament to be trampled on by authoritarian dictators.

The Scottish parliament have a mandate to call for a second independence referendum before the end of this parliament. After this showing of disdain for the devolved government, it’s never been more necessary to use that mandate, call for a second independence referendum and get us away from these disgusting practises of the Westminster elite. ”

By Craig Duncan

Press Officer

Solidarity Day School Event 28th April 2018

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Day School in celebration of two giants of socialism:

Karl Marx – 5th May 1818 – 200th Anniversary

Karl Marx was the most influential figure in history, analysing and explaining how capitalist society developed and how it works.  A brilliant philosopher and economist, he is universally demonised by those who support the free market of capitalism; which also means the exploitation of workers by those who own and control capital.

Philip Stott will explain some of Marx’s theories in a way that those attending may understand it better; so this will be an extremely important session for those who wish to understand, not only capitalism but socialism too.

James Connolly – 5th June 1868 – 150th Anniversary.

Connolly is also demonised by those who oppose socialism.  Apologists for the British Establishment would have us believe that he was a mad terrorist but he was one of the finest socialists this country has ever produced.  The British Army, under orders from Westminster, tortured him and tied him to a chair so he could be shot for his part in the 1916 Uprising.  He was an inspirational figure who wrote some brilliant pamphlets, books and articles, explaining

g socialism.

Tommy Sheridan will describe the life and times of a man whose life should be celebrated by all socialists, everywhere.

By Jock Penman 

Co-Convener

USE THE MANDATE Falkirk

On March 28th 2017 after several days of parliamentary debate, the Scottish Government voted by a majority, in favour of Indyref2.
That mandate was secured on the backs of the grassroots Indy Movement during the 2014 referendum, the 2015 General Election and the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.
Solidarity, many campaign groups and indeed many bloggers and commentators believe that mandate must be used and the date set for IndyRef2 to take place in September 2018 or, at the latest before April 2019.
Some say we must wait till the next Scottish elections and use them as a plebiscite on Independence in the hope there is a pro-indy majority returned. What if there isn't? What then, after we've thrown away the very real and democratic mandate we already have?
Others say we must wait "till the time is right" echoing Mayhem's position of "now is not the right time." Since when are we willingly dancing to Wastemonsters tune?
Come along and hear Tommy Sheridan put forward the case to "USE THE MANDATE" Comes To Lanarkshire Branch to Speak On Use The Mandate

Free entry, Everyone Welcome

Refreshments Tea and Coffee Sandwiches ETC

 

 

Youth & Indy 2 Scotstoun

Public Meeting Organised by Samual Cook 

 

Youth & Indy 2 

Speakers Tommy Sheridan & Samual Cook 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USE THE MANDATE Eastkilbride

On March 28th 2017 after several days of parliamentary debate, the Scottish Government voted by a majority, in favour of Indyref2.
That mandate was secured on the backs of the grassroots Indy Movement during the 2014 referendum, the 2015 General Election and the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.
Solidarity, many campaign groups and indeed many bloggers and commentators believe that mandate must be used and the date set for IndyRef2 to take place in September 2018 or, at the latest before April 2019.
Some say we must wait till the next Scottish elections and use them as a plebiscite on Independence in the hope there is a pro-indy majority returned. What if there isn't? What then, after we've thrown away the very real and democratic mandate we already have?
Others say we must wait "till the time is right" echoing Mayhem's position of "now is not the right time." Since when are we willingly dancing to Wastemonsters tune?
Come along and hear Tommy Sheridan put forward the case to "USE THE MANDATE" Comes To Lanarkshire Branch to Speak On Use The Mandate

Free entry, Everyone Welcome

Refreshments Tea and Coffee Sandwiches ETC

 

 

 

This Time It's YES - Hope Over Fear

 

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On March 28th 2017 after several days of parliamentary debate, the Scottish Government voted by a majority, in favour of Indyref2. 
That mandate was secured on the backs of the grassroots Indy Movement during the 2014 referendum, the 2015 General Election and the 2016 Scottish Parliament election. 
Hope over Fear, and indeed many bloggers and commentators believe that mandate must be used and the date set for IndyRef2 to take place in September 2018 or, at the latest, April 2019.
Some say we must wait till the next Scottish elections and use them as a plebiscite on Independence in the hope there is a pro-indy majority returned. What if there isn't? What then, after we've thrown away the very real and democratic mandate we already have?
Others say we must wait "till the time is right" echoing Mayhem's position of "now is not the right time." Since when are we willingly dancing to Wastemonsters tune?
In early 2013 the support for Independence was at 23%-25%.
We managed to increase the support to 45%+ by Sept 2014, due to an energetic and inspiring campaign from all the Yes groups, individuals and Pro-Indy political party's, despite the Lie's, Fears and unionist propaganda pedalled by the brittish establishment and their Msm lackey's. None more so than the Bias Broadcasting Company. 
The 45% has remained solid for more that 3yrs now.
Hope over Fear firmly believe that the very credibility of the Scottish Parliament is at risk if we simply disregard a democratically secured mandate.
We believe that a short 6 month campaign, led by grassroots activists throughout Scotland will be enough to increase the support for Independence by 10 to 20%.
Please click "going" and share the event throughout the Yes Family and let us unite in sending a message to the Scottish Government that we are ready to "USE THE MANDATE"

George - "Freedom" Square. Glasgow 

11am - 5pm 

From Our Tommy Sheridan

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A wee blast from the past. Campaigning for my Private Members Bill to deliver universal free and healthy school meals to all of Scotland's school pupils. It was a radical anti-poverty and pro-dietary health measure. It secured massive support from anti-poverty and pro-health groups impressed by the research we conducted and drew upon proving the benefits of the move. The example of Norway was particularly persuasive. The Scottish Trades Union Women's Committee and lone parent group Gingerbread were very prominent supporters. It would have tackled the very real stigma attached to free school meals while improving the disposable income of hundreds of thousands of the working poor and struck a major blow against childhood obesity and related health problems like Diabetes 2. Alongside Labour's John McAllion and the SNP's Alex Neil, the co-sponsors of my Bill, we campaigned across Scotland and generated tremendous grassroots support throughout 2001/02. The Bill was written by the brilliant solicitor and social justice champion Mike Dailly. Sadly the Scottish Parliament was neither radical or visionary. The Labour/Liberal coalition government opposed it and relied on their Tory fellow travelers to muster the necessary votes to defeat the Bill in 2002. How ironic both Labour and the Liberals now profess their support for universally free and healthy school meals. Empty gesturing now given they had the power then to do it. There are none so blind as those who refuse to see.

Tommy Said A good friend sent me a wee blast from the past which confirms I used to have some hair oan ma heid...Promoting the Free School Meals Bill in Dunoon in 2001.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

ALL Under One Banner ( CALLING YOUR YES BANNERS ON THE MARCH )

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CALLING ALL YES/INDY GROUPS

BRING YOUR YES BANNERS ON THE MARCH

MARCH FOR INDEPENDENCE
5TH MAY- GLASGOW
KELVINGROVE PARK TO GEORGE SQUARE
GATHERING EARLY, LEAVE 11.30AM SHARP

The photo with this post is from 1st August 2015 and shows a brilliant Yes Isle of Arran banner hoisted proudly for all to see.
This year we would love to see the Yes banners of every Yes group in Scotland boldly on display throughout the entirety of the procession, and so we want to invite all Yes groups to plan ahead and make/commission their own Yes banner (if you haven't already got one) and bring it on this Independence March to show that the Scottish Independence movement is strong and united and that there is no rest to Yes.
We greatly look forward to seeing this positively vibrant and colorful parade of Scottish society tens of thousands strong with waves of Yes banners and all manner of Scotland/Indy flags miles long.
In the meantime please keep an eye on this event page for all official updates concerning the big day....

SAOR ALBA!

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The starting pistol has been fired by the most unlikely of groups

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The baker's dozen Tories in Scotland have voted to allow the mechanism to strip Holyrood of any and all of its powers.
Now we must come together and defend OUR PARLIAMENT.

By Pat Lee Co-Convener Solidarity

Event Details Below 

On Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Hands Off Our Parliament (HOOP)

HANDS AROUND HOLYROOD

THE REPEAL BILL HAS RECENTLY BEEN RAILROADED THROUGH BOTH HOUSES AT WESTMINSTER AND - IN BREACH OF THE SCOTLAND ACT THAT FOUNDED THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT -

WITHOUT DEVOLUTION SETTLEMENT PROTECTION AND AMENDMENTS REGARDING SCOTLAND.

From March 2019, the "Henry VIII Clause" will allow the Tory UK Government to override legislation 

that has been made without consent by Holyrood.

The Scotland Parliament is on the Tories wish list and moves will be made to reduce or cease the democratic rights that the Scottish people have enjoyed since devolution.

LET'S LEAVE OUR PARTY POLITICS AT HOME AND GATHER TOGETHER AT HOLYROOD IN UNITY TO SHOW HOW MUCH WE VALUE OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS AND TO TELL THE TORIES TO GET THEIR HANDS OFF OUR PARLIAMENT!

EVENT STARTS 10AM EVENT ENDS 5PM 

SOLIDARITY SUPPORTS THIS EVENT ORGANISED BY #HandsOffOurParliament 

Go Along for a half-hour, 1 hour, or up to 7 hours!'

JUST BE THERE!

On Saturday, there's a demonstration in Buchanan Street to show solidarity with the 350 children

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On Saturday, there's a demonstration in Buchanan Street to show solidarity with the 350 children and 6000 (in total) political prisoners currently in Israel. This is hosted by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign. There will be leafletting and discussions to give information on BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) and all help and support is appreciated.

If you can't physically make it on the day, can you please share the event page so other people know.

Here's a link to the event page on facebook:

Click Here And Vist Event Page

Use the Mandate following the Brexit announcement

On December 12th 2017 amendment 158 to the EU Withdrawal Bill was tabled.”This amendment would prevent the powers of a minister of the crown under clause 7 of the Bill to fix problems in retained EU law from being exercised to amend the Scotland Act 1998 or the Government of Wales Act 2006” This amendment would have prevented ministers from using the new powers in the bill to amend the Scotland Act 1998 (also the Government of Wales Act  2006) this amendment was rejected by 315 votes to 291 all 13 Scottish Conservative MP’s voted against the amendment while all SNP,Scottish Labour and Scottish Lib Dem Mp’s voted for the amendment.The rejection of amendment 158 has undermined democracy and proven the hold that Westminster has on the devolved parliaments of the Uk. The future of Scotland’s devolved powers and parliament now is firmly in the hands of the Westminster elite as they can power grab without consultation with the Scottish Government or 59 MP’s (and also Welsh Assembly and it’s representatives respectively ). This has strengthened the cause for independence and has once again put the ball firmly into the hands of the Scottish Government who have a mandate to call an independence referendum as previously voted upon and passed through Holyrood. With this latest announcement the time for a second independence referendum is now. Scotland can not afford to lose powers it has already fought for at the ballot box and gained and any additional powers are no longer on the table while the Tories have control. As per my constitutional right I will be contacting my constituency MSP and list MSP’s to ask them to USE THE MANDATE #IndyRef2018 #UseTheMandate

By Sam Cook 

Solidarity Youth Officer 

Statement by Solidarity on  the Catalan Question

Adopted by the Conference 4th November 2017

This year is the 100th anniversary of the socialist revolution in Russia. One of the first things that this new socialist government in Russia did was to proclaim the right of nations to self determination. Shortly later the same principle was advanced by President Wilson of the USA. This principle has had a lasting impact on world history.

Sixteen of the states now making up the EU: Bulgaria,Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia had their origins in acts of self determination by which they won independence from larger states.

It is thus an act of utter hypocrisy for the EU to refuse to recognise the act of self determination by the people of Catalonia on the grounds that the vote was illegal under Spanish law. If the laws of once dominant states like Turkey, Austria, Britain, or Russia had been the sole consideration, most EU states would not exist. The principle of self determination holds that it is the wishes of the populations of the seceding territories that must ultimately be the deciding factor.

Although socialists support the right to self determination, we do not claim that secession is always socially progressive or in the interests of the working classes of the countries concerned. In some instances, for instances the breakups of Yugoslavia or the USSR, it has been catastrophic. But any attempt to prevent secessions that have broad popular support can only lead, at the very least to a heightening of national antagonisms and in the worst cases to the horrors of civil wars.

When we say that all socialists have a duty to defend the right of Catalonia to become independent following its recent referendum, we do not imply an endorsement of the economic and social policies of the Catalan government. Still less are we claiming that it will lead to a socialist Catalonia. But even among capitalist states, a democratic republic is to be prefered to monarchy, and socialists, as consistent defenders of democracy, must uphold the result of the popular vote.

Spanish nationalists argue that opinion polls show that only a minority support independence, but those polls pre-dated the repressive measures taken by the Government of Spain against the proposed referendum, which repression appears to have polarised opinion in favour of independence. Moreover, polls are no substitute for actual votes, or there would be no need for a right to vote. The polls were wrong about the UK referendum to leave the EU but the result of the vote is not contested on those grounds. The democratic  legitimacy of the referendum that rejected independence in Scotland is not questioned. In the Catalan case,   a considerably higher portion of the total electorate seem to have voted YES,  than  had voted NO in Scotland**. If the Scottish NO vote stands, so should the Catalan YES vote.

On this basis the case for secession is democratically uncontroversial. Opposition to the recognition of the result of the vote is an opposition to democracy itself.

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*** Analysis of the two votes

Catalonia

electorate 5313164

yes 2,044,038

no 177547

votes counted 2,221,585

Votes confiscated 750000

Total cast 2,971,585

Turnount 55.93%

Yes share of total counted 92.01%

Likely total yes vote 2734098

Likely Yes as % of electorate 51.46%

Scotland

electorate 4279365

Yes 1,617,989

No 2,001,926

Votes cast and counted 3,619,915

Turnout 84.59%

No as % of electorate 46.78%

It is assumed that the yes share of the confiscated votes would have been the same as the yes share of the counted votes, since there is no reason to suspect that the police preferentially confiscated no votes.

Please Sign Our Petition 

Please Sign and Share Solidarity Scotland's Petition to demand the UK Government strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s ignorant, provocative, racist, inflammatory and dangerous tweet where he re-tweeted false information spread by the fascist Britain First. This is not acceptable behavior from any head of state and, we call on the government to cancel the proposed state visit.

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Statement On President Trump Tweet

7th December 2017

By blindly repeating the lies of the fascist Britain First, who have constantly spread their bigotry and lies on social media, President Donald Trump has crossed a line. They had posted videos which they (wrongly) stated were examples of Moslems committing atrocities. These videos have been widely discredited after genuine investigation.  He has already proved himself a sexist, racist bumbling oaf many times in his short spell as President and ‘Leader of the Free World’ but this latest outburst on Twitter has gone beyond mere condemnation as far as this party is concerned. As Brendan Cox husband of Jo Cox, the MP brutally murdered by a Britain First supporter, tweeted, “Trump has legitimised the far right in his own country; now he is trying to do it in ours. Spreading hatred has consequences and the President should be ashamed of himself.”

Trump should be condemned by every supporter of human rights and freedom. Freedom does not mean ‘freedom to spread racist and fascist propaganda’ but freedom to live in peace and harmony with our fellow human beings, no matter their/our race, gender or religion.

Solidarity condemns outright Trump’s poisonous messages and offers our solidarity with the Moslem population who have been further endangered by Trump’s irresponsible actions. We demand that the UK government cancel the proposed state visit by this poor excuse of a politician.

Tommy's Statement on Budget 2017

"Yet again Malevolent May and her horrible Hammond have re-dedicated themselves to the class war on behalf of the rich and powerful they represent using the brutal weapon of austerity to drive down living standards and drive up despair among millions of ordinary working people and benefit recipients.

They should be ashamed of themselves. Their tax give-aways to their rich friends and corporations represents theft from the public purse and confirms their political immortality. They really are, to borrow from the immortal Aneurin Bevan, 'Lower than vermin'."

#IndyRef2

"If the SNP don't use the mandate they have, what does that say about Scottish Parliament? What does that say about future mandates from the parliament? The very credibility of Scottish Parliament is on the table now" - Tommy Sheridan - Airdrie, November 2017.

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