RIC and the People’s Vow
The Radical Independence will continue to be a radical campaign, and it will continue to go from strength to strength, because we have seen what happens when a movement like ours gains momentum.
We can rattle the brittle bones of the British state. We can maintain the steady growth of support for independence that we have seen since the 18th of september. We have changed politics forever – and the centre of power at Westminster cannot and will not hold.
The story does not end here. We have made a People’s Vow, based around the roots of the Radical Independence Campaign and its five founding principles.
Our founding principles give us a map to move forward:
Firstly, we will prepare a people’s budget to demand that Scottish public services are protected from any cuts- because we will not let ordinary people suffer any longer for errors and greed of bankers and politicians. We will campaign for people everywhere to have a dignified and decent standard of living. Our movement will endorse higher wages and deeper investment over greed and back slapping bonus cultures. Social justice campaigners everywhere, whether in Edinburgh, London, Cardiff, Dublin or Barcelona, can expect our full support because our challenges are international.
Secondly, we will not let anyone sell off our natural resources to the highest bidder. We demand that the Scottish government use planning laws to stop fracking. We will engage in a campaign of direct action against any company that tries to undermine our capacity for a civilised, Green future.
Third, we will hold a demonstration for radical land reform and demand an end to Scotland’s feudal legacy. We won’t tolerate communities being left at the mercy of corrupt landlords. Our land will support our goals of sustainability and social justice: it won’t be used as hunting and fishing estates for aristocrats and tax exiles. Scotland’s people must have the power to own and control our resources.
Fourth, we will reiterate that equality is not a buzzword and we demand positive action to reverse inequalities between women and men: any politician who fails to take this seriously will be punished. Our better Scotland will abandon the macho political culture of Westminster and the machismo so engrained in the city of London. Scotland’s institutions and workplaces must be representative of Scotland as a whole. Fifty-fifty representation for men and women is a minimum; equality is compulsory, not an afterthought.
Fifth, we will not allow NATO to use Scotland as a dumping ground for Nuclear Weapons: There is huge gulf between popular opinion and Westminster on the question of Trident- we don’t want Trident in our waters, or in any country’s waters- we will support an intensive campaign of civil disobedience against Trident to highlight that. Nor will we tolerate laws that put our vital public services in peril to global corporations. TTIP is wrong for Scotland just as it is wrong for ordinary people on both sides of the Atlantic. We pledge our opposition to TTIP in Scotland.
Finally: our lasting promise – our own oath – is to each other. And that extends beyond our existing ranks too: we will go from here and reach out to the 55% who weren’t quite ready this time, but who can be a part of the victories to come.