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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.

JOHN MACLEAN: Scottish Republican & Socialist Revolutionary
In 1907 John Maclean was invited to speak to the Belfast Socialist Society. Larkin, already a friend of Maclean's, invited him to sit in on union negotiations. Back in Scotland, Maclean heard about the deaths an injuries inflicted on the strikers and speculated, quite rightly, that the state and employers had been infuriated by Larkin's unprecedented success in uniting Protestant and Catholic workers. Nan Milton, Maclean's daughter, suggests that Maclean was again involved during the Dublin Lock Out of 1913. This time he organised the sending of co-operative food parcels to Dublin.
At the time of the Easter Rising Maclean was in Peterhead jail but in 1918 he invited Constance Markievicz to speak at a May Day Demonstration in Glasgow. And in early 1919 he campaigned for the release of Jim Larkin -held in an American jail- and Peter Larkin, held in Australia. Larkin's sister Delia invited Maclean to speak on their behalf in Dublin. It was his first visit there and it progressed his views.
This enhanced understanding -this enhanced commitment- was reflected in Maclean's 1920 pamphlet, "The Irish Tragedy: Scotland's Disgrace." He declared in that famous pamphlet.. "To any right thinking person Britain's retention of Ireland is the world's most startling instance of dictatorship by terrorists." He added that Britain rules Ireland against Irish wishes with "policemen armed with bombs and a huge army equipped with over 40 tanks and as many aeroplanes, machine guns galore." He ended the pamphlet with a call for a General Strike to force the withdrawal of British troops from Ireland. And he again demanded the release of both Jim Larkin and Peter. It is no coincidence therefore that 1920 saw also Maclean proclaim in another pamphlet -All Hail the Scottish Workers' Republic! Ireland and Scotland must join together in the fight against imperialism he argued. And as Hugh MacDiarmid put it, "Scots steel tempered wi' Irish fire is the weapon" we still desire.
Alan Stewart 
https://www.marxists.org/archive/maclean/
NHAMISH HENDERSON: Father of the Scottish Folk Revival
Hamish Henderson was born to a single mother in Blairgowrie, Perthshire on 11 November 1919. She introduced him to folk song and brought him up to speak Gaelic. Hamish was educated locally, including at Blairgowrie High School. But he won a scholarship to Dulwich College. Sadly, his mother died before he could take up his place so whilst studying he stayed in an orphanage. From there he went to study modern languages at Cambridge. Hamish spoke in debates in defence of Republican Spain. War was indeed looming. As a visiting student in Germany he acted as a courier for a Quaker network helping refugees escape the Nazi regime. Initially Henderson was for peace but when he realised that a satisfactory peace couldn't be achieved he threw himself into the war effort first in the Pioneer Corps and then the Intelligence Corps. Ross (2002) notes that it was under Captain Henderson's personal supervision that Marshall Graziani, War Minister in Mussolini's last Government, drew up the Italian surrender order on 29 April 1945.
During his time serving in Italy Henderson developed links with communist orientated partisans and became the first person to start translating the writings of Gramsci into English. Back in Scotland he was appointed temporary research fellow at the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University in 1951. In 1954 the post was made permanent. He was also to the fore in promoting a folk revival. The left wing Edinburgh Peoples Festival Ceidlidhs -from 1951 to 1953- did provide, Ross (2002) says, the "first public platforms bringing together traditional and revivalist singers."
Henderson was particularly proud of having discovered Jennie Robertson. But it was also partly at his behest that Jean Redpath, Jimmie Macgregor and John MaCrae also came to prominence. Henderson campaigned for causes such as CND, Anti-Apartheid and a Scottish Parliament. In 1983 he turned down an OBE in protest against Thatcher's nuclear arms policy; he was voted Scot of the Year by Radio Scotland as a result.
Henderson died in 2002. But more than 60 years on from the first peoples' Festival he's still remembered above all as the "father of the Scottish folk revival."
Alan Stewart
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