Saturday, 24 December 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
John Maclean, the second youngest of seven children, was born in Pollockshaws, Glasgow in 1879. John did well at school and although his widowed mother was extremely poor, she was determined that he would have a good education. In 1896 he became a pupil-teacher and later entered the Free Church Teacher Training College.
Maclean joined the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) and the Glasgow Teacher's Socialist Society and was active in the trade union and co-operative movements. He eventually fell out with H. M. Hyndman, the leader of SDF, who he felt was growing increasingly dictatorial. Later he became one of the leaders of the Socialist Labour Party (SLP), an organization that had been inspired by the writings of Daniel De Leon, the man who helped establish the International Workers of the World (IWW). Other leaders of the SLP included John S. Clarke, Arthur McManus, Willie Paul, James Connally and Tom Bell.
In 1915 a group of Scottish socialists, including Maclean, Willie Gallacher, John Muir, David Kirkwood, and John MacLean, formed the Clyde Workers' Committee, an independent organisation of the rank and file. The CWC attempted to confront Government demands over dilution and conscription.
Maclean produced a journal called The Vanguard where he campaigned against the First World War.Maclean and James Maxton were both arrested and charged with sedition under the terms of theDefence of the Realm Act. Found guilty, the men served over a year in prison. The Govan School Board sacked Maclean from his teaching post at Lorne Street School.
Maclean was released from prison in 1916 and returned to work with the Clyde Workers' Committee. Senior members of the CWC, including Willie Gallacher, David Kirkwood and Arthur McManus helped organize production in Beardmore's Mile End Shell Factory. Kirkwood later remarked: "What a team! We organized a bonus system in which everyone benefited by high production... The factory, built for a 12,000 output, produced 24,000. In six weeks, we held the record for output in Great Britain, and we never lost our premier position." Maclean was opposed to this strategy. He wrote: "Lloyd George's purpose is to coax you to relax your Trade Union rules about non-union workers. The dangers... are the weakening of your unions and the lowering of your wages."
McManus had been impressed with the achievements of the Bolshevik Government following theRussian Revolution and in January 1918 Maclean was elected to the chair of the Third All-Russian Congress of Soviets. The following month he was appointed Bolshevik consul in Scotland.
On 15th April 1918, Maclean was arrested for sedition. He was refused bail and his trial fixed for 9th May in Edinburgh. He conducted his own defence. He argued that in his lectures he had "pointed out that as a consequence of the robbery that goes on in all civilised countries today, our respective countries have had to keep armies, and that inevitably our armies must clash together. On that and on other grounds, I consider capitalism the most infamous, bloody and evil system that mankind has ever witnessed.... I wish no harm to any human being, but I, as one man, am going to exercise my freedom of speech. No human being on the face of the earth, no government is going to take from me my right to speak, my right to protest against wrong, my right to do everything that is for the benefit of mankind. I am not here, then, as the accused; I am here as the accuser of capitalism dripping with blood from head to foot."
Maclean was found guilty and sentenced to five years. While in Peterhead Prison Maclean started a hunger strike. His wife wrote to a fellow member of the Socialist Labour Party: "John has been on hunger strike since July. He resisted the forcible feeding for a good while, but submitted to the inevitable. Now he is being fed by a stomach tube twice daily. He has aged very much and has the look of a man who is going through torture... Seemingly anything is law in regard to John. I hope you will make the atrocity public. We must get him out of their clutches. It is nothing but slow murder..."
Former comrades in the Socialist Labour Party such as Arthur McManus, Willie Gallacher, Tom Belland Willie Paul, formed the Communist Party of Great Britain. Maclean refused to join as he believed that workers in Scotland could develop into a revolutionary force before those in England and Wales. Maclean instead formed the Scottish Workers Republican Party (SWRP) which combined communism with a belief in Scottish independence.
In the municipal elections held in November 1923, none of the twelve SWRP candidates came anywhere near victory. Even Maclean only polled 623 votes out of a total of 8,190. Weakened by poor health and his spells in prison, John Maclean died on 30th November 1923.
Monday, 19 September 2011
NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE
Saturday, 17 September 2011
The story below featured in The Scotsman this morning.
The consumer group is calling on
"Sadly, people in Scotland lag behind other parts of the UK in connection to digital services and many vulnerable people miss out on the best deals online or find it difficult to access the increasing range of public services that are being delivered via the web," said Annie McGovern, digital policy expert at Consumer Focus Scotland.
"The reasons for this include a lack of IT 'know-how' and availability of good broadband speeds, but cost can still be a huge hurdle for many people."
The report, called Scotland's digital needs - paving the way for wider access to digital communications, claimed that access to the internet helps people to engage with the wider world, improve children's education, enable access to cultural and social activities, such as Facebook, and support democratic participation.
Monday, 12 September 2011
After a few years of membership of the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) then Solidarity I quit to go back to the SNP in which I was a member from 1988 until the early 1990s.
Sunday, 11 September 2011
I have added a new feed today in which you can find below Russia Today news. I take it you guessed it is the Anarchist Black Cross or ABC Moscow http://avtonom.org/en
Saturday, 10 September 2011
Friday, 2 September 2011
The Scottish Government produced a report by NHS Health Scotland regarding alcohol consumption on Wednesday. The results naturally don't look good.
Sunday, 28 August 2011
It will be around three years until we get an Independence Referendum in Scotland. Before this happens we all need to prepare to get the Yes vote out in plenty of time. The Scottish Independence Convention have a vital roll to play in this matter.
In the time that is left the SNP majority Scottish Government have 69 seats in the Scottish Parliament to continue on the path of improving the lives of ordinary Scots through radical ideas and competent legislation. In short the SNP can prove once again that they are fit to govern.
A swift move to Scottish Independence is vital to address the problems of social inequality, poverty and class division throughout Scottish society. Anything short of a socialist revolution will mean the social ills that bedevil Scotland can only be sorted in the longer term.
Post-independence it is unclear whether the SNP will split itself out of existence leaving members to join another, perhaps new party, of the social democratic left.
The challenge for the left is to ensure we get full independence in social, political and economic terms. However these are arguments for the future in other words we need to win a referendum vote for independence first.
Our main concern at present should be to support the Scottish Government in the fight against public service cuts and austerity measures brought forward from the ruling ConDem clique in London.
Already there has been no shortage of critics from the fragmented Scottish left. Particularly from the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) who gain to benefit from a break up of the British state. Perhaps despite their dismal failure at the May elections this year,we may consider they are secretly pleased at the SNP results.
What is clear is that since the jailing of Tommy Sheridan the wounds from the internal feud have not healed and both Solidarity and the SSP are like sinking ships in the night.
Yet still the SSP hope that they can fill a void on the nationalist left with radical policies almost identical to rivals Solidarity. In reality neither party is strong or influential enough to break the mould.
It is here that I argue it is best to support the SNP in their dual approach of winning arguments for independence and pursuing in Government social democratic policies of change.
Furthermore we should also campaign as part of the wider pro-independence movement for freedom and against public service cuts and job losses.
One group of individuals with a democratic voice that deserves to be heard is the Democratic Green Socialists.
Another issue that disturbs me is not only the state of party politics and the left in Scotland, but the failure of some on the left to recognise the inextricable link between national liberation and socialism. In short to free Palestine is a worthy cause but to free Scotland is equally essential firstly, especially if you want a socialist republic.
And so party politics is only part of the wider struggle to end inequality and class division in Scotland. What is also equally important is to tap into the cultural awakening taking place in Scottish society and to renew our minds and thinking. Fundamentally when considering our self-identity as Scots and our confidence to stand alone in the world.
Instead of waiting for the Independence Referendum to come we should put our thinking caps on now and find new inventive ways to spread the message of independence and the benefits of it to all the Scottish masses.
Friday, 26 August 2011
This is interesting from Qaddafi he seems to be predicting the end of governments towards armageddon. Perhaps the first government to fall would hopefully be the sychophants in Westminster an evil institution. Also wicked are NATO and brothers and sisters when Scottish Independence comes we must ditch NATO or roast in hell.
My Revolution is Red not green but I am not too pleased that the Brits get involved in what would end up being is a puppet government to the USA/CIA.
Real leaders were Nasser for his brand of Arab socialism and Castro and Che Guevara, and today Hugo Chavez.
All these great leaders as patriots protected the independence of their countries.
However I take it from that speech by Qaddafi because I do not read his green book or have his religion I am doomed amongst the rest of the devils in the West.
Anyway I post his speech here for your reading and despite his rants I would rather he was to remain leader. After all his type chased the Brits out of North Africa and overthrew a despicable monarchy in Libya.
Muammar Qaddafi –
Leader of the Green Committees Movement
Addresses the World
From the international liaison office of the Green Committees Movement
Oppressed peoples around the world, the battle has begun. Do not despair, help is nigh. Do you realize that this is the Night of Power? What is the Night of Power? It is better than thousands of other nights, it is the destiny, when the heavens are open to receive your prayers thousands fold.
Watch what is happening now in America. Did we hit them with our missiles? No, they came and struck us, 64 hits on Bab Al-Aziziya which is now destroyed, and finally I had to leave my home, where they killed many innocents. But I will never leave Libya and in this fight, it is either victory or death.
Those of you in the United States of America, I am not your leader. If you are in that failed state you should be preparing to leave. Go to Venezuela. If you remain, you must follow my deputy, spiritual leader Minister Louis Farrakhan. Listen to him. He will tell you all you need to know about what is unfolding.
Those of you in Europe, you too should prepare to be drowned in events and calumny. Not enough of you have risen up. You will have to accept the consequences. The good among you should head to Africa. Go to West Africa. North Africa is not safe now that the region is all a battle field. In West Africa you will find homes and good work.
Those of you in Serbia, true friends of Libya, you are with me. Do not despair of the rat flag on only one house out of one million. All of you can cut pieces of green cloth, measured exactly two by one in dimension; that is your flag, the flag of people's power, of hope, of truth, of the future.
All you in the world who support truth, freedom, Jamahiriya, hang it on millions of homes and cars. The green flag is yours and belongs to all the masses of the world. With the dawn of people's authority and the end of governments, we chose the green flag and made its colour and dimension easy for all. Choose any green. Cut it one by two, exactly, and hang it everywhere, carry it with you.
Soon the green flag will fly all over the world, as governments collapse. They failed their people; I alone did more than all of them. They served different masters. They did not intend to serve the people, never. They are owned by others. They do nothing for you. Ignore them and they are gone. Prepare yourselves by forming committees, openly or in secret, set up your local mathabas to meet and share. Chart the way forward. The green flag belongs to you all.
The future is the Jamahiriya, everywhere. The masses self-governing societies. Basic popular congresses and people's committees. Green committees to guide, defend, expose, call, show the way forward to people's power. It's all there in The Green Book, read it, copy it, share it. Use your own communication systems, don't rely on the enemy. Make your own communications. Take back your resources to your hands, do not be afraid of power - possess it. It is your power, wealth and arms that the governments, banks and militaries stole from you.
You cannot ask others to represent you. You cannot entrust thieves with your wealth. You cannot ask others to fight and die on your behalf, to defend you. This is your human responsibility. When you do this, the world will be free, organized, a jamahiri system, freedom and happiness, abundance of wealth for all.
The era of the governments is coming to an end and they are fighting their last gasp. They are desperate. But they are bankrupt, not only financially speaking, they are bankrupt in morals, religion, education, intellect, ideas, they have no way forward. They are on the stage of collapse. That collapse is good for the world peoples who are suffering because they are not free.
O all good people of the world, know that Islam is not what is being put to you by the ignorant who make a public show of prayer but in reality are serving the devil. Islam is submission to the will of Allah, the One God of all humanity. This is the night of prayer. Your prayers are being answered. You are the Muslims, all those who pray and do not associate partners with Allah.
People of Bosnia, many of you are misguided, Arabs, the useless and weak. The people of Serbia who are Christians and others would be closer to God. There is only one God. That God is with the truth wherever it is found. Read the Qur'an to know the truth, do not listen to those who would mislead you. If God is with you, who can be against you?
What Sharia are you looking for other than the one which we have, since I was the first to bring Quran as the Law of Society in the Jamahiriya. Is it the Sharia of injustice? Oppression? Cowardice? Murder? Insanity? Drugs? Is it the Sharia that elevates the rat with his gun that allows torture, rape and theft? No! That is not the Sharia, ignoring all that is in the Qur’an.
Prayers are being answered. More than forty armies have gone against me, only because I spoke the truth, because I would not let the thieves pass me into Africa. I have promised Africa I will not betray you. I promise the world, the millions who have me in your hearts, that I am fighting to the finish.
Do not believe their trumpets. Whoever listens to the trumpets is making a mistake. You have your own mathabas to go to for information and to meet and deliberate. Pay no heed to them. By now this should be clear to you. Fire is water, water is fire. Know that the future is yours, governments are finished, a new era of the masses is coming, as predicted in The Green Book.
I hear you. Many of your messages reach to me. I cannot answer you individually but I feel your pain. Some of you were so affected by the lies in the recent days that you even contemplated suicide. No! Never. Suicide is not an option when we are in front of great victory. The costs will be high but we must not waver.
I see you Africans around the world, even in Australia, your pictures reach me. I see you collecting money to help East Africa. It is the whites who brought these problems and cut us off from helping our brothers and sisters. Thank you for your prayers. But keep your money. Instead use it to fight those oppressors.
Form among you green committees, meet in secret or in open. Proclaim your allegiance to the Green Charter. Study The Green Book. Register your people's conferences, provide encouragement to others around the world, prepare for a future world congress on crimes against humanity, you have six months to prepare.
March next year can be the biggest congress of the people, you can make it happen. Prepare already. Make a web site so all the crimes can be registered. While we fight to defend our nation, you fight on the battle field of truth, for the pen is mightier than the sword.
Some of you arrived to our western border, but had to return. You have families to take care of. Now the way is clear, but NATO will not allow for peace. They fear the example of the Great Jamahiriya. They can destroy our physical achievements but they cannot destroy the truth. The more they try the more we will be victorious. Victory is with the people, never with the oppressors.
Thousands of you are waiting at various stations. I see you in Tanzania, in Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, and many other parts of Africa. How will you cross the deserts to Libya? Instead group yourselves where you are. The fight if it is not won in Libya will be coming to you. Prepare for it. Prepare traps for the invaders. You must defend your corners.
African governments are not strong. They control only a few centers of cities. They often provide no services and the people live without them. They will not stand in your way when the time comes. They are poor. They have been robbed by the racists, the colonialists, the white thieves from the north. Oppose them only if they oppose you. Be prepared. Build your mathaba. Defend your continent.
They can attack with their bombs, but we defend with truth. They can never fight us man to man. They are only cowards, sick, demented, hiding behind machines. They can never face the African one to one. African children can defeat any white mercenary - that is why they hide and destroy with hatred from far.
Do not let them use you. Be united. Build your defenses for they are coming if they manage to pass Libya. If they destroy Libya then attack them from behind.
Avoid fighting if you can. The enemy wishes us all to be bogged down on their battlefields; they want to engage us all in war. Afghanistan is now with us, Iraq is with us, Venezuela is with us. We want peace. We want justice. Work for conferences on crimes against humanity, use your mathaba networks, the mathaba is the headquarters of the green committees, go forth, victory is ours!