CommonWeal are starting a ReBuild initiative to address how we move forward post-coronavirus.
Here Mary McCabe tells us her thoughts on the subject:
There are two schools of thought about the world post Covid-19.
One: Plans to overhaul the system or to reform the constitution are navel-gazing. We must get back to where we were before considering radical change. If we ever do…
The Other: The place we were before, with the UK Government sacrificing Health and Social Care in England on the altar of profit, prioritising jingoistic wars over the war on poverty and ignoring the suggestions of the Scottish Government to take a different route was how we got in this mess.
Mary McCabe, co-convenor of our P4Indy National Group writes:
Many of you will have heard of the Radical Wars which swept across West Central Scotland in the early 19th century and which culminated in the 1820 Scottish Uprising. This is a little-known episode of Scottish history, with the reports of what happened suppressed at the time and to some extent suppressed ever since.
Because 2020 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bonnymuir and the trials, executions and transportations which followed, there had been lots of plans this year to stage commemorative events in local communities. These have mostly fallen foul of Covid-19 and the lockdown.
The aims of the Radicals were political as well as economic and included better wages for weavers, the universal male franchise and independence for Scotland. The play is performed (there are folk-songs as well as drama) by senior citizens.
Yesterday, had things been otherwise, I would have been up in Arbroath celebrating the 700th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration. I’m sure that many of you would have been there too. And I’m sure that at some point we will be there enjoying a belated gathering.
In the meantime we have Lesley Riddoch & Charlie Stuart to thank for this film about the Declaration. And also to thank Patrick Doyle for the original score.
You can find out more about the making of the film in Lesley’s own blog post.
Thousands will gather
outside the Scottish Parliament on “Brexit Day”, January 31st
to protest against
Scotland being dragged from the EU and to call for a second independence
referendum so Scots have the chance to re-join the European Union as an
More than a dozen
Edinburgh-based groups are urging Remain voters and Yes
supporting Scots to
join them at the “Missing EU Already” rally outside Holyrood
from 5pm -7.30pm on
Brexit Day 31st January. There will also be a candlelight vigil
The rally will be
entertained from 5pm by musicians. Speakers start from
5.30pm, compered by
writer and journalist Lesley Riddoch. The line-up includes Joanna Cherry MP,
Tommy Sheppard MP, Ellen Hofer, artist, activist and German/New Scot and more
to be announced. Musicians include Andrew Gordon and the Bells. During the
candlelight vigil there will be a light show to commemorate Scotland’s forced
departure from the EU and an “Au Revoir” farewell march with an EU flag
display, plus 20 stalls, a catering van and mobile toilets.
The event is being
organised by the Edinburgh Yes Hub and is
supported by the
Commonweal, English Scots 4 Yes, Pensioners 4 Yes,
Gracemount, Craigmillar, Midlothian, Morningside and Marchmont Yes
Women for Independence and the Scottish Independence Foundation.
Joanna Cherry MP said;
“At the 2016 EU referendum and at every election thereafter the people of Scotland have voted to remain in the EU. On 31 January as the British Government drags us out of the EU against our will it’s important that we come together in Scotland’s capital city to show Europe & the world our desire to be an equal member of the EU family of nations.”
Tommy Shepherd MP
January, the debate on Brexit ends – but the campaign to get the power to
determine Scotland’s own future relationship with Europe begins in earnest.”
“A large turnout in
Edinburgh will represent Scots and also
millions of Remain
voters across the UK in a much-needed riposte to the tasteless
triumphalism likely to
happen as Boris Johnson celebrates Brexit in London. The SNP won a clear
mandate for a second independence referendum to let Remain-voting Scotland
choose its own future. Scottish campaigners will not go away, until that
mandate is fulfilled.”
“We decided to call
this demonstration because Scots must show our resolute opposition to this
theft of our European identity. Scotland benefits from EU membership and has a
lot to give back.”