IRSN: Greetings to the SRSM Ard Fheis
The comrades of the International Republican Socialist Network send greetings of solidarity to the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement.
The comrades of the International Republican Socialist Network can trace their solidarity with the republican socialist struggle in Scotland back over a quarter of a century and throughout that time have hailed the SRSM for keeping the revolutionary analysis of John Maclean alive in Scotland today.
We recognize that the SRSM now confronts an extremely challenging period in its history, and we encourage the comrades of the SRSM to maintain their resolve as revolutionaries and remain firmly on the road to revolutionary transformation.
The recent experience of participation in the Scottish Socialist Party, the recent split of that party which created the new Solidarity organisation, and the subsequent weakness of both entities, not only on the fundamental issue of Scottish national liberation, but on the issue of socialist revolution as well serves to illustrate the cull de sac offered by reformism. Scottish working people will not find liberation through efforts to reform capitalism, nor efforts to reform the imperialist monster which calls itself the 'United Kingdom'.
It is only by seeking an final end to the ancien regime of the 'UK' that the beast of British imperialism will be defeated. It is only by the insistence that an independent Scotland that remains mired in capitalist productive relations is no fit goal for Scottish working people that the struggle for a socialist republic can advance. It is the indivisible relationship of the struggles for Scottish national liberation and socialist revolution that must remain the guide on the road forward for revolutionary activists in Scotland.
Look to Scotland's proud revolutionary heritage as your guide. Look to the revolutionary shop steward's committees, the examples of Maclean and Connolly, the experience of the Red Clyde and continue to press forward.
Remember also to look to your prospective comrades struggling for national liberation and socialism in Puerto Rico, in the Basque lands, in Brittany, in Wales, in Ireland. Their experience in struggle provides them with a basis for forging solidarity with your own struggle in Scotland and these bonds of revolutionary solidarity must be forged if any are to see victory. It is towards that objective that the International Republican Socialist Network was formed and we remain ready to assist however we are able in helping to build such a network of solidarity.
International Republican Socialist Network
24 January 2007