Jimmy Ross

The Legacy of Gleneagles

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In last month's Socialist Review Noam Chomsky challenged the agenda of the G8 summit in Gleneagles ('Our World is Not for Sale').

Today the effects of the protests against the summit are still being felt in Scotland. Like previous anti-capitalist protests the majority of those attending the events were from the local area. The Make Poverty History march was the biggest demonstration ever seen in Scotland. The G8 Alternatives summit was the biggest ever political meeting in Scotland, and the Gleneagles demonstration attracted up to 15,000 people despite the best efforts of the police to undermine, disrupt and prevent it.

Singing for the Common Folk

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Jimmy Ross pays tribute to the Scottish radical Hamish Henderson.

The song, 'The Freedom Come All Ye', is a triumphant combination of internationalism, anti-imperialism and a call for world revolution. It has often been proposed as an alternative Scottish national anthem (although many Scots would struggle to understand the words) but its author, Hamish Henderson, who died last month at the age of 82, preferred to see it as an international anthem:

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