[Marxism] New Scottish Socialist Formation

Jscotlive at aol.com Jscotlive at aol.com
Tue Aug 29 23:44:15 MDT 2006


I don't know if you've followed Tommy Sheridan's defamation case against  the 
Murdoch Press over here, but 11 of his former comrades in the SSP took the  
stand to give evidence against him on behalf of the News of the World.
 
The SSP has lost the confidence of the trade union movement in Scotland,  the 
working class in the communities and at the ballot box. It has failed to  
attract muslims and members of the immigrant communities. The leadership has  
refused to engage meaningfully in the antiwar movement, and failed completely to  
get involved in the biggest political event in Scotland's recent history, 
last  year's G8 mobilisation.
 
Most important, attempts to marginalise and politically destroy Tommy  
Sheridan by the faction in control of the apparatus had been ongoing for the  last 
18 months, splitting the party in the process. People were being verbally  and 
physically attacked at meetings in the wake of his court case victory.
 
It is time for a new formation.
 
JD



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