Scottish Independence: Real Change for Scotland

Self-Determination and Scotland’s Choice: an Independent, Socialist Scotland

  • Put the mandate for self-determination into action.
  • Deliver independence for real change, not more of the same.
  • Build working-class leadership of the transformative, winning case for independence.
  • End Parliamentary paralysis with radical politics.

The Scottish Socialist Party supports Scotland’s right to self-determination – and supports Scottish independence as the pathway to real change: an independent, socialist Scotland.

In the first Scottish independence referendum of September 2014 the SSP, as a member of Yes Scotland and the Radical Independence Campaign, played a crucial role in shaping the independence movement into a positive vision for a radically transformed Scotland – a vision that won a large, enduring increase in support for independence among Scotland’s working class. Now we need to finish the job and get independence done.

The Scottish Parliament, and the pro-independence movement, are in gridlock through poor strategic choices and an unwillingness among leaders to embrace radical action. We need to return radical politics to Parliament to break political paralysis.

Not More of the Same

Independence is Scotland’s route to a new normal and a new society: real change for Scotland. We reject both the broken status quo of the United Kingdom and the SNP’s vision of a Scotland – which imports the discredited status quo into an independent country. Scottish independence is about real change, with a publicly-owned and needs-based economy as the core of its future prosperity, and able to take the necessary radical action to deal with the challenges of the 21st century such as climate change and automation.

Independence means independence for Scotland’s working class. Winning independence requires the support of a majority of people in Scotland – and the majority of people in Scotland are the working class. The only successful vision for independence – both why and how to win it – is one that prioritises and improves the lives and prospects of working-class people. The persuasive case for independence must be transformative for the working-class majority and must be led by the organised working class.

A Mandate for Self-Determination

Support for Scottish independence, and for holding a referendum on independence, remains high. The imposition of successive Tory governments without popular support in Scotland, withdrawal from the European Union, and the unprecedented economic crisis caused by Coronavirus underline the need for Scotland to chart its future course. People demand real change for Scotland.

Democracy is never a “one and done” affair. A “No” vote in 2014 does not prevent Scotland from asking itself the question again in the future. Successive Scottish Parliament and Westminster elections have produced clear mandates for Scotland’s right to choose – it is democratically unjustifiable for the Tories and the Labour Party to obstruct that.

Winning independence will take more than words and gestures. With a Tory majority government in Westminster opposed to the right to self-determination, forcing progress requires the collective, organised effort of the working class and working-class organisations. The Scottish government, local authorities, community groups, and Trade Unions have a responsibility to resist austerity and attacks on the working class – to that, we add the demand for Scotland’s democratic self-determination to be recognised.

Why the Scottish Socialist Party?

In 2016, nearly one million pro-independence votes were wasted by the “Both Votes SNP” strategy. This is because the proportional representation system makes it difficult for parties that win a lot of constituency seats to also win regional/list seats. Boris Johnson’s Scottish Conservatives have benefited from this mistake. The result is a paralysed Parliament, and devolved leadership more concerned with defending the status quo than advancing possibilities for radical change.

We don’t need more parties offering only more of the same, and we don’t need splinter groups from the right-wing of the SNP. A radical, socialist, working-class pro-independence voice is critical – and the Scottish Socialist Party has a proud record of advancing progressive demands in and out of Parliament.

With socialist representation, everybody benefits. The SSP introduced Holyrood legislation ending poindings and warrant sales, ending prescription charges in Scotland, and providing free school meals to every school pupil. In 2021, we’re bringing forward plans for a publicly-owned National Care Service and to scrap the regressive Council Tax, to build 100,000 Council homes per year to fix Scotland’s housing crisis, for a Socialist Green New Deal, to win a better deal for workers, and to advance the progressive case for Scottish independence: an independent, socialist Scotland.

We Need You to Support Real Change

We don’t have or want billionaire backers and big corporate donors: we only seek our support from Scottish Socialist Party members and the generosity of working-class communities. We need you to support real change.

Scottish Socialist Party members are card-carrying ambassadors for the working-class movement, and the most important resource we could ever have. Comradeship is the heart of the socialist movement.

Come rally; support real change today.