Sillars and Scottish Socialists to outline case for independence


With many people yet to decide which way to vote in the referendum, former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars is coming to Falkirk to outline the socialist case for independence.

The one-time Labour MP will be joined by former MSP Colin Fox and Sandra Webster, both of the Scottish Socialist Party, at the event to be held at 7pm this Monday, July 21st at Falkirk Trinity Church in Kirk Wynd.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Sillars said: “With the latest poll showing Yes is now within touching distance of success, it is clear that the views of people in communities like Falkirk will be decisive in determining the result of September’s referendum.

“I intend to make clear that support for Yes does not just include SNP people.  It also includes SSP supporters and Greens, and perhaps most crucially, many Labour voters too.  As a Labour MP for 25 years, I urge everyone who wants to see Labour’s historic social democratic values advanced to join me in voting Yes on September 18th.”
Scottish Socialist Party national spokesman Colin Fox added: “Supporting Scotland’s democratic right to self-determination doesn’t make you a Scottish nationalist, it makes you a democrat.

“The Scottish Socialist Party stands in the tradition of the Red Clydeside leader John Maclean and Edinburgh’s James Connolly, who both advocated independence more than a century ago. Like them, we support an independent socialist Scotland and we are confident that goal will be enormously advanced in September.”   

Members of the public will also have a chance to put questions to the three speakers at the meeting, which is one of dozens the SSP has organised throughout Scotland in the run-up to the referendum.