Saturday, 28 July 2012


By James Stuart, of Not-A-Dinner-Party

If you know the history of the SNP, the backgrounds of the people involved and from whom it gains its support (and why) then you understand there is more depth to such a statement coming from Nicola Sturgeon than from say David Cameron. But when was the last time you actually even heard a mainstream UK politician (ie outside Scotland) stating that we aspire to an equal society? Demanding an equal society by definition means you are challenging class.

I know it is difficult for people in England to understand just how great a chasm there is between the political culture of their homeland and of Scotland. In Scotland "socialism" is regarded a part of the political mainstream. It is still the ideal for most working-class people here. The ideas of social-equality and tolerance are imbued within our poltiical consciousness in a way they just are not in England.

The class war is not over. Not even in Scotland! Far from it, and the SNP is not a class war party, but in Scotland there is an understanding that a major step forward for us as a class is to move forward to independence as a nation. We understand that our own national and class ideals (which are very closely intertwined) cannot be addressed whilst we are in the Union, that we will always be losing in the class war if we cannot break the union.

That would be the greatest class war victory possibly since the Union was formed. and those that understand that vote for the SNP and are members of the SNP."

"If they succeed in breaking the UK state, they will indeed be the most successful revolutionary party this island has ever seen.

Certainly they are social-democratic in terms of policy, but what they are aspiring to is indeed revolutionary. It really cannot be over-emphasised just what a profound event Scottish independence will be, for Scotland, for British imperialism, for oppressed struggles all over the globe. That doesnt mean Scotland is on the brink of communism, it isnt, and it doesnt need to be for this to be a revolutionary moment in our history.

It is not the subjective policies of the SNP that matter here (although the internal fight to keep the SNP on the left is of course important), it is the objective result of what the SNP's fundamental aim is that is revolutionary, and even if the SNP were a conservative movement, as for example at times the Irish independence amongst many others have been, it would make not one jot of difference to how objectively revolutionary its aim of independence, and the resultant demise of the UK, is.

1 comment:

Charles O'Brien. said...

Nice piece of writing and a view I had not thought of before,although I have always maintained that if we want a fair society we need an independent Scotland to lead the way.The way this was put was even better than I had in my head.Thanks you for a different slant.