Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/485/2360

From The Socialist newspaper, 3 May 2007

Packed election rally for Scotland's Solidarity

OVER 500 people crowded into Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall for a Solidarity - Scotland's Socialist Movement election rally on 25 April. Tommy Sheridan and George Galloway left those attending enthusiastic for the final week of campaigning to elect socialist candidates to the Scottish parliament and local councils on 3 May.

Tom Penman, International Socialists (CWI Scotland)

Earlier in the week, despite heavy rain Tommy Sheridan spoke to hundreds of students in open air meetings at two Glasgow universities, and the night after the Glasgow meeting 70 people attended a public meeting in Dundee. These full meetings show the support of working-class and young people for Solidarity.

The election rally started with a performance by Scottish rapper Eastborn but quickly moved onto the political speeches. The first was from a striking worker from Sunvic Controls where management are trying to massively cut wages and worsen conditions before selling off the plant.

She thanked Solidarity for its support and compared it to a local Labour councillor who said he showed his support by just tooting his car horn as he passed the picket line.

Next up was Mohammed Asif, an Afghan refugee who thanked Solidarity members for supporting asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow. He also condemned the NATO occupation of Afghanistan and called for the withdrawal of troops.

Tommy Sheridan spoke with his usual passion, raging against the poverty and inequality in Scotland today. He outlined Solidarity's demands for free school meals, free education, the scrapping of the council tax and the scrapping of Trident.

His speech electrified the room, receiving a standing ovation. George Galloway then gave his support for Solidarity in a funny speech in which he said that if Tony Blair is the Dr Evil of British politics then First Minister Jack McConnell is definitely his 'Mini-me'.

Those waiting for improvements when Brown took over as prime minister were wasting their time as Brown and Blair were "different cheeks of the same arse".

The size and success of the rally shows the potential to rebuild the socialist movement in Scotland. Hopefully George Galloway will learn the lessons for Respect, that standing on a clearly socialist platform and appealing to voters on a class basis, including those from the Muslim community, does not scare working class people away from getting involved in politics but instead attracts them.

For more about events in Scotland and for analysis, subscribe to International Socialist, the monthly paper of the Socialist Party's sister organisation in Scotland, International Socialists. Email cwiscotland@yahoo.co.uk for further details.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 3 May 2007:

2007 election analysis: Time for a new workers' party

Scottish Elections: Labour rocked as SNP wins


Socialist Party election campaign

NHS cuts... privatisation... widening wealth gap

Campaign for a New Workers' Party conference


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS: A matter of life and death in Swansea

Fat cats eye the cream


Socialist Party workplace news

PCS: Fighting for jobs, pay and services

Picketing the Tate Modern


Socialist Party editorial

Widening wealth gap needs working-class response


Socialist Party election campaign

Packed election rally for Scotland's Solidarity

Irish election - Socialist Party takes on the establishment

New Labour panics and resorts to lies

Yorkshire ISR and Socialist Students day of action


Global Warming

Alternative energy: Winds of change?


Education

Stop these education cuts


Socialist Students

Campaign to Defeat Fees

Seattle students walkout against the Iraq war

Pressure mounts for troops withdrawal


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

Russia April 1917: Lenin returns from exile


Comment

Women must have the right to choose!


Socialist Party news and analysis

What 'public-private partnerships really mean

Campaigning for LGBT rights

Oppose legal aid contracts tooth and nail


Socialist Party workplace news

Support the Sunvic strikers

Greenwich workers fight on

Remember the dead but fight for the living

The scandal of HSE cuts


 

Home   |   The Socialist 3 May 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Solidarity:

triangleFCC Wilmington refuse workers' strike in hull stands firm

triangleCoventry solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza

triangleHull workers united against bosses

triangleCoventry shows solidarity with the Syrian people

triangleSocialist Students conference highlights successful work

Scotland:

triangleWorkers' victory over anti-union Scottish council

triangleAberdeen workers step up strike action against profiteering First Bus

triangleAberdeen bus drivers strike against pay cuts

triangleUndercover policing legal challenge

Election:

triangleLewisham & Southwark Socialist Party: A socialist perspective on antisemitism & the left

triangleVote for a left, fighting PCS leadership

triangleSave our NHS candidate contesting South Yorkshire mayor election

Glasgow:

triangleWhere is Scotland going?

triangleGlasgow jannies win famous victory against council cutters

Tommy Sheridan:

triangleCoulson case collapses amid stench of hypocrisy

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

23/4/18

Hull

College protest against job losses

22/4/18

Bromley

Bromley library workers win strike campaign

18/4/18

UCU

UCU members vote to end pensions dispute

18/4/18

Usdaw

Usdaw conference 2018: time for new era of fighting trade unionism

18/4/18

Leeds

Victorious Fearnville Fields campaigners thank the Socialist

18/4/18

Hull

Hull says no to war, no to austerity

18/4/18

The Socialist

The Socialist - a fighting, campaigning, workers' paper

18/4/18

Socialist Party

Building fund: 150,000 milestone smashed!

18/4/18

Fighting Fund

Give us your change (and more) to fight for system change!

18/4/18

Scotland

Workers' victory over anti-union Scottish council

18/4/18

Newham

Avenue School strikers and parents win judicial review

18/4/18

PCS

Vote for a left, fighting PCS leadership

18/4/18

PCS

PCS rejects Acas offer - further strikes announced

18/4/18

Bromley

Bromley libraries - indefinite strike action continues

18/4/18

Butterfields

Butterfields tenants join TUSC campaign

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999