George Orwell invented a take on Stalinist Russia to write ‘1984’ but could just as easily been prophesising the present day UK state. He wrote of a state that had its citizens under constant surveillance, was able to watch what you were doing in your own home, and a state that was in near constant conflict on far away battlefields – always, of course, the victim.
A spokesman for socialist republican group Saorsa tonight claimed that the blame for death of British military personnel lies solely at the door of the British government, and all those others who fawn Britain’s murder machine.
Mgr Mac Micheal said, “We have repeatedly called for a stop to these flights over northern Scotland, and will continue to do so, we believe that an accident of this nature was only a matter of time and the only positive from this situation is that there was no loss of civilian life – this time.”
“This is just the latest in a series of incidents involving the decrepit Tornado fleet at Lossiemouth which has included crashes, the ditching of planes and countless other near misses threatening civilian and commercial airlines.
“On top of this we have stories of technical failures, not to mention overworked and understaffed personnel.
“It seems clear that the British military machine in north Scotland is not fit for purpose.”
“We will be issuing no further statements until more details are known”
On this ancient Celtic festival day of Latha Bealltainn, the socialist republican group Saorsa sends our solidarity greetings to the international workers movement and to all our comrades involved in the struggle against capitalism and imperialism.
Ours is a struggle which knows no boundaries, a struggle being waged by the peoples globally against the same foes; whose enemies remain united against us in defence of their spoils. For make no mistake about it this is a war, a class war, in which our enemies have been victorious for too long.
But comrades we bring a message of hope that this age nears its end, that from the current crisis in the global capitalist- imperialist system can be born a new era of human progress where, by working collectively and co-operatively, we can banish from human history such concepts as war, poverty and hunger.
Comrades such an era can only come through the fight against imperialism. Here in Scotland it can only come through the struggle for socialism and the establishment of the Workers Republic.
As Socialists we are prepared to do all we can to achieve for our motherland her rightful heritage – independence; but we shall not abate one jot or title of the claims of social justice in order to conciliate the privileged classes.
We further claim that there can be No British Solution to Scotland’s ‘national question’, be that through Calman, Devo-Max, Indy-Light or any other such federalist concept. The Scotland we seek is one freed from the shackles of Britain’s Bloody Empire, freed from the history of imperialism and oppression, freed from the shameful history of the so-called ‘Scottish Regiments’ and their role in spreading and maintaining the global reach of British capitalism.
Neither is the Scotland we seek in thrall to the global corporations, prostituting itself as a low tax haven for the greed of the imperialist system.
Our Scotland is one where our abundant material resources are put to use for the common good of all. One where our people no longer toil for the benefit of a small parasitical class, but who share in the rewards from our collective wealth through increased leisure time and other such measures that enable us to be masters of our own destiny. Because as the great communist revolutionary John MacLean put it, “We are out for life and all that life can give us.”
Another Scotland is possible. Another Scotland is essential
Spàirn - Issue 1 The Republican Unity Issue now Available
Articles on * Republican Unity in Scotland * Broad Front & Scottish Independence * Scottish Republican Socialist Clubs * Two Weddings & a Republican Divorce * Building Scottish Socialist Republican Unity * British Crown Forces Day * English Republican Socialism
Saorsa is pleased to announce the launch of Spairn, a web-based Scottish republican publication. Whilst the decision to launch the publication has been taken by members of Saorsa it is our objective to provide in Spairn an open-forum whereby all strands of republicanism in Scotland can organise and debate in a fraternal manner.