Class, Nation and Socialism – The Red Paper 2014

Class, Nation and Socialism - The Red Paper 2014

Published today: Class, Nation and Socialism – The Red Paper 2014
ISBN 978-1-905-86668-7
£7.99
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.”
Owen Jones

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.

Editors:
Pauline Bryan and Tommy Kane

Contributors:
Stephen Boyd
Katy Clark MP
Chik Collins
David Conway
Matthew Crighton
Jackson Cullinane
Neil Findlay MSP
Rozanne Foyer
John Foster
James Gillies
Lynn Henderson
Muir Houston
Richard Leonard
Kevin Lindsay
Stephen Low
Alan Mackinnon
Vince Mills
Dave Moxham
Gordon Munro
David Shaw
Eric Shaw
Stephen Smellie
Dave Watson

4 thoughts on “Class, Nation and Socialism – The Red Paper 2014

  1. As a group The Red Paper Collective state that they are ‘more interested in the politics of class than the politics of nationalism and in social and economic change rather than constitutional change’.
    Lets for the sake of the present debate on Scotland’s future accept that statement without dispute.
    My question to the RPC is, how would you advise Scotland to vote in the referendum?

  2. Twenty five signatories to this paper and not one of you has the inclination to reply to the most simple and relevent question. If you think that threre is a need for a paper called ‘Class, Nation and Socialism – The Red Paper on Scotland 2014’ at this time and that you actually have something to contribute then you have a duty to say what you think is the best way for socialists in Scotland to vote next year. You must get that.
    You might convince each other that the class struggle is above the poltics of nationalism and to address the referendum question is somehow demeaning to true socialism but you are wrong. What the RPC is doing by refusing to take sides is to make the socialist perspective an irrelevence to the debate.

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  4. ‘Nationalism’ is a lazy term that means different things depending in it’s context. By continually conflating Scottish Independence with’ Nationalism’ some socialists do their cause a disservice. Many argue convincingly that self determination, allied to progressive wishes, containing policies of increased immigration and respect for ethnic diversity is not ‘Nationalism’ as lazily referred to hear. When many Scots instinctively feel this they perhaps may feel less inclined to examine a worthy socialist agenda and that is rather unforgivable. Those that continue this deception lose credibility ,as their agenda often appears flawed and thus becomes stereotyped. A genuine internationalist approach is perfectly possible in an independent Scotland and is equally possible to achieve this more successfully than within the present state. Socialists in ruk I believe will gain renewed vigour from a more socially inclusive independent Scotland.

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