Article from Tilly Tattle
by Simon, published in Tilly Tattle
The Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) is a grassroots movement that campaigns for a ‘Yes’ vote in the Independence Referendum in September 2014. It is the product of a conference held in Glasgow in November 2012 of around 800 individuals from across the political Left – dubbed one of the largest political gatherings in Scotland’s recent history, surpassed only by the Radical Independence Conference in 2013 which attracted more than 1000 people! The purpose of the gathering was to articulate a progressive, sustainable and socially just vision of an independent Scotland that puts people before profit.
After the first conference RIC groups began forming across the country to discuss the issues with friends and neighbours in marginalised areas. Those of us living in areas of high deprivation understand that we have the most to gain from independence. We’ve shown that consciousness in the polls! We know that the middle and upper classes are voting ‘NO’ and that working-classes are voting ‘YES’. We know that there is little difference between the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems. They all accept the idea that the poorest and most vulnerable should pay for the bankers crisis through things like the bedroom tax or cuts to disability payments. This is wrong and the parties in London will not put it right!
“We must abandon 30 years of the politics of exploitation, the damning, corrosive exploitation that makes a few rich from what the many lose. We must replace it with the politics of sharing, where we all gain from the riches of our land and the fruits of our labour.”
We’ll be hosting a meeting at the Lad’s Club at 6.30pm on Wednesday the 5th of February to discuss independence and would like to invite you to come along and get involved.