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Radical Independence conference pushes for indyref2 and unity against austerity

by Jim Main
Issue No. 2524

At the Radical Independence Campaign conference

At the Radical Independence Campaign conference (Pic: Josh Brown)

Over 200 people attended the Radical Independence Campaign (Ric) conference in Glasgow last Saturday.

Although smaller than previous Ric conferences, the conference attempted to assess how, post-Brexit, the campaign for independence was developing.

There was wide support for Jeremy Corbyn’s attempts to democratise the Labour Party despite Labour’s opposition to independence.

Although the conference did not make a specific call for setting a date for a second independence referendum, there was criticism of the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) cautiousness on the issue.

Patrick Harvie, a Green Party MSP said, “The SNP has to work with all progressive forces. We need action not words against austerity.”

Harvie said that the second independence campaign must be linked to demands for a more fair and equal Scotland.

Closing the conference Jonathan Shafi of Ric said that “everyone in this room has to work together”.

He urged people “to build a grassroots movement for Independence.

“We’re not going to ask anyone’s permission for that.”

However, running throughout many of the conference discussions was a sense of expectantly waiting for the SNP government to launch the second referendum campaign.

Rather than do that we should ramp up the fight against austerity now.

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