Around 350 people attended the Scottish Socialist Party's Socialism 2001 event in Glasgow last weekend. It was lively, informative and exciting with speakers ranging from novelist James Kelman to Tony Higgins from the Scottish Professional Footballers Association.
One of the highlights was an eyewitness report from Scottish Socialist Voice editor Alan McCombes on his visit to Pakistan where he met with Pakistani and Afghani socialists who were opposed to Bush's war. The final rally brought together an impressive array of speakers. These included Cathy Craig from the victorious North Glasgow medical secretaries, Labour MSP John McAllion, anti-war activist Mike Gonzalez, Enrico Mandelstam from Rifondazione Comunista in Italy, anti-racist campaigner Aamer Anwar, environmental activist Rosie Kane and Tommy Sheridan MSP.
Enrico from Rifondazione got a standing ovation following his report on the scale of the anti-war protests in Italy since Genoa.
Tommy Sheridan gave a stirring appeal for party activists to redouble their effort and their commitment for the 2003 Scottish parliamentary elections. He predicted that the SSP could take eight seats. The size of the event and the unity it demonstrated are a reflection of the decisive role the SSP is playing in the fight against war and neo-liberalism.