Scottish Socialist Party statement on the official opening of the
new Parliament building.
Calton Hill Rally, October 9th 2004
The Scottish Socialist Party Group in the Scottish
Parliament met at
the end of the last session of the Parliament to
attitude our MSP's should take to the official opening
of the new
Parliament by the Queen on October 9 this year.
Our group decided unanimously to boycott the event. We
there is a grotesque contradiction in celebrating the
opening of a
lavishly expensive parliament building which does not
have the power
to prevent Scotland being dragged into murderous wars,
or to rid our
country of the monstrosity of nuclear weapons, or to
use our wealth
to banish poverty and homelessness, or to open our
doors to those
fleeing persecution and famine.
As a party which passionately strives to build a more
we have no wish to parade behind a feudal figurehead
elitism, privilege and deference.
Instead of participating in a royal pantomime, the SSP
group will be
asking individuals and organisations who wish to see a
free Scottish republic to participate in an
alternative ceremony, on
the symbolic Calton Hill site, on the morning of
We have already lodged an application with Lothian &
and Edinburgh City Council for the holding of a rally
on Calton Hill
between 10.00am and 12 Noon on Saturday October 9th.
The focal point of the event will be a signing
ceremony of a
declaration in support of the call for full democracy
in the form of a free, independent republic answerable
only to the
people of Scotland; The Declaration of Calton Hill.
Although this event has been initiated by the six
Scottish Socialist MSPs, we hope to broaden it out and involve MSPs and
from other political parties - including those who sit
independents - and from non-party groups including
nuclear, anti-racist and anti-poverty campaigns.
encourage the general public to attend this event.
Our immediate intention is to form an ad-hoc
organising committee to
move the plans forward and to draw up a Declaration of Calton Hill.
We would welcome your participation in what will be a
occasion, to that end please get in touch with our
office if you are able to assist in any way.