Socialist Worker

Tommy Sheridan: Hope not fear

by Drew McEwan
Issue No. 2404

The audience at the meeting

The audience at the meeting

Over 400 people packed into Lourdes primary school in Cardonald, Glasgow, on Thursday of last week. It was the latest stage of Tommy Sheridan’s “Yes to independence, hope not fear” campaign.

From Oban to Dundee and Cumbernauld, people have turned out in their hundreds to hear the socialist case for independence.

Filmmaker David Hayman opened the meeting in Cardonald. He relayed his experiences of visiting Afghanistan after the latest earthquake. He described looking at what he thought was earthquake damage – only to be told by an old man that it was the result of coalition bombing.

Years of constant attacks from the air had reduced the man’s town to a desolate landscape of demolished houses and bomb craters. Hayman’s call for an end to illegal wars brought the audience to its feet.

Tommy Sheridan said the battle against austerity starts on 18 September – the day of the referendum.

He berated the Tories for stuffing bankers’ pockets while attacking the poorest and said, “Don’t blame people on benefits or immigrants. Don’t let them attack the NHS, the elderly and the sick. Blame the Tories.”

The presence of the Scottish National Party (SNP) at the meeting was obvious by the number of Saltires that adorned the stage. But the message from Jim Sillars, a former MP for Labour and the SNP, was clear.

He declared that he would not vote SNP in an independent Scotland but for a working class candidate who would build a socialist alternative.

The Hope not Fear machine pushes on to the East of Scotland this week. Already over 20 meetings have been arranged with more being added every day.

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