Tagged: SWP

Spot the Difference

Here’s a debate between Alan McCombes (‘SSP’s leading socialist theoretician’) debating Neil Davidson of the SWP from 2003:




The debate was organised because of a proposal for a Scottish Independence Convention.
The motion was “Is Scottish independence progressive?” Alan argued ‘yes’ while Neil took the ‘no’ position.


Fast forward 9 years to 2012 and here’s the same Neil Davidson arguing for Scottish independence:




What’s changed? 


From the “Concluding Remarks” in the second video it seems to do with devolution in some way.  What, exactly, that way is remains exceptionally hazy.  The shift in position is glazed over in about 45 seconds.   If anyone can explain the 180′ turn then please comment below.