Published today: Class, Nation and Socialism – The Red Paper 2014
Glasgow Caledonian University Archives
Available by post from Scottish Centre for Work Based Learning, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA £11.00 including postage payable to ‘The Red Paper Collective’.
Also available in Waterstone’s
“This book is such an important contribution to renewing a crisis-ridden left. The outcome of the current debate in Scottish politics has clear ramifications in Britain and elsewhere.”
This book is not only of importance in Scotland, it is vital reading for anyone in the UK who seeks social justice and the transformation of our society.
It is the product of two years of discussion, research and campaigning by the Red Paper Collective.
A group that is more interested in the politics of class than the politics of nationalism and in social and economic change rather than constitutional change. Made up of trade unionists, academics and politics activists; they have sought to provide a labour movement alternative to the sterile nationalist v unionist debate around the referendum and explore the issues they consider to have been neglected.
For example, they question whether the Scottish Parliament has made use of the powers it currently has for the benefit of working people; they explore where power really lies, and how it can be put in the hands of working people and whether the Scottish Parliament should enjoy enhanced powers, which would both enable a challenge to the growing scandals of poverty and inequality while still retaining the historic link with working people across the UK.
The Red Paper Collective argue that the real problems facing people in Scotland is not to be found in a flag, a border or even a list of powers in Edinburgh and London, they have challenged the main players to make clear why they want more powers and what they will do the powers they have.
Pauline Bryan and Tommy Kane
Katy Clark MP
Neil Findlay MSP