Veteran socialist and campaigner for independence, Jim Sillars, will be one of the speakers at a public meeting next Sunday (April 19) in Ardrossan Civic Centre.
Mr Sillars was the Labour MP for South Ayrshire from 1970 until 1979. He left the London-run party and formed the Scottish Labour Party before becoming a member of the SNP. In 1988 Sillars was the SNP candidate in a by-election campaign in Glasgow Govan, securing a remarkable victory for the party.
Also listed to speak at the event organised by the Radical Independence Campaign (RIC) are Cat Boyd (socialist and feminist campaigner), Jonathon Shafi (RIC activist and member of the editorial board of the Scottish Left Review), Robin McAlpine (contributor to the Common Weal project, which set out a socialist vision for an independent Scotland) and Ayrshire RIC activists Lynsey McKinnon and Heather Anderson.
Explaining what lies behind the Radical Independence Campaign, Heather Anderson told the3towns.today, “It is more than an independence campaign. We stand for a social alternative to austerity and privatisation; a modern republic, committed to equality; we are internationalist, opposed to war, nuclear weapons and nuclear-armed NATO.”
RIC also currently campaigns against fracking – the unconventional extraction of gas – and opposes the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a proposed agreement between the United States of America and the European Union, which, if implemented, would mean national parliaments could not prevent private American companies from taking-over publicly-run services, such as the NHS.
A large crowd is expected at the Ardrossan public meeting, which begins at 2:00pm in the Civic Centre, Glasgow Street.