And the other thing as well that ... I’m very proud that the SSP has been involved in and I think we’re the only party that has a position of ‘no-one is illegal’. We support migrant workers. Not just asylum seekers, all migrant workers in struggle and, again, I think that when you invoke Maclean in that you can see that’s what they did as well, so I see these struggles as very important today. It’s reviving a tradition that has been marginalised after 1923 when ... I mean, the Bolshevik revolution, if you like ... I am one of these people that thinks after Kronstadt it turned on itself and was isolated but you can actually see, cos that isolated, the Irish struggle as well within a year is forced in on itself and you get partition. Maclean from 1919 ... Come the 1923 election, what you’ve got instead is the Clydeside MPs going down to Westminster. Even then you suddenly realise that, in other words, the ruling classes contain things. But one of the knock-on things about the containment is the way that the left becomes more British orientated in Scotland but also a loss of memory of it’s traditions. They don’t get revived again. There’s potential for revival in the 60s and 70s but British Leftism is all-powerful. I think the Anti-Poll Tax ... The Irish struggle obviously is one thing, but for people to see the wider thing I think the poll tax is, if you like, where people start looking ... “Hey, where does this come from? What are our traditions relating to ...?” And so that’s actually the significance.

  • Allan Armstrong
Tuesday 25th May 2010