I hadn't gone to an english white left meeting for many years, having worked with the most radical sections of the english left in Arthur Scargill's Socialist Labour Party at the end of the 1990s and beginning of the 2000s, for whom I was the national student organiser.
"Any people has a right to self-determination and now in Europe the process of diluting national sovereignty in the framework of a united Europe is more accepted. It's a choice for each and every people, according to their own circumstance [...] I believe one should not forget that being part of a single, strong state has some advantages and one should not overlook this. But it's a choice for each and every people, according to their own circumstances."
Which is a fair enough and good position to take.
The conference reminded me that the semblance of respect that they are offering the Scottish Independence movement is not something they are willing to give over to other people who are fighting successful struggles for independence and socialism against the same system and the collection of neo-colonialists in nato. Moreover, this is not just a problem of the white left, this neo-colonial prejudice and hostility has crept into many Black and Brown organisations and supposed 'radicals' who seem to posture on everything and anything but the actual real struggle across the planet against the 'greatest purveyors of violence in the world today'.
That the english and british left are still so imbued with colonial prejudices is hardly new, actually its centuries old. Therefore, getting booed by the english and british left is not a bad thing, it is a good thing, as the brother who invited me to speak at the event replied to me when I said I got booed "You must be doing something right! The english left is crap!":
(Engels in a letter to Marx, Oct 7 1858, quoted in Lenin's Imperialism and the Split in Socialism)
(letter to Kautsky, Sept 12 1882, quoted in Lenin's Imperialism and the Split in Socialism)