History of the SRSM:
The Scottish Republican Socialist Clubs were formed in May 1973 to introduce socialism to the Scottish National Party (SNP) supporters and grow support for Scottish independence among the left. After the expulsion of the 79 Group from the SNP, the Republican Clubs decided to form a coherent political party and the Scottish Republican Socialist Party was created in 1982.
While agreeing with the SNP insofar that they believed in independence, the SRSP believed this should be combined with support for revolutionary socialism. They argued that independence is meaningless to the working class unless it is socialist, and adopted an abstentionist position towards UK general elections.
AFFILIATION TO THE SCOTTISH SOCIALIST PARTY (1998-2006)
In 1998, the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) was formed and the SRSP narrowly decided to join them, reforming as a cross-party movement called the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement. Many members ended up within the SSP, but not exclusively.
The SRSM was active in campaigning against attempts within the SSP to ditch the policy of supporting independence. It succeeded at persuading high profile SSP members like Alan McCombes, Rosie Kane, and Kevin Williamson to speak at its rallies and for its cause. The SRSM regularly attempted to entrench a commitment to Scottish independence in the SSP's constitution: Clause V for an Independent Socialist Scotland at each annual conference, where it was either sidewinded or massively voted down.
DISAFFILIATION AND LATER ACTIVITY (2006-PRESENT)
In October 2006, the SRSM announced that it was disaffiliating from the SSP.
The organization reaffirmed and also updated its key values/demands at its Ard Fheis on Saturday 29 November 2014. The SRSM stands for:
- Independent Scottish Socialist Republic
- A Scotland that is nuclear free and out of NATO
- A democratic society based on a sustainable economy and workers' control.
The organisation organises a number of annual events including a republican Burns Night and commemorations at Glencoe, Arbroath and Bannockburn. Its main annual event however is the John Maclean March and Rally each November.
The National Organiser was Donald Anderson. The convenor is Brian Quail. The Recruitment Officer is Andy Kearney. The Treasurer is Gerry Cairns and the Press and International Officer is Alan Stewart. As well as branches/commun across Scotland (Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Central Scotland, Dumbarton and Edinburgh) the SRSM also has a branch in Yorkshire and a number of individual members in England.