SCOTLAND has a distinctive tradition of radical politics covering nationalist, socialist, communist and republican movements. These photographs capture a selection of parades and events in Glasgow and Edinburgh in two years leading up to the 2014 independence referendum.
Events include a national rally In Edinburgh city centre organised by the pro-indendendence ‘Yes’ campaign, a parade to honour Red Clydesider John MacLean on Glasgow’s South Side, and the Radical Independence Campaign’s 2013 conference in Glasgow city centre.
Organisations pictured here include the Scottish Republican Socialist Movement, the 1820 Society, Edinburgh’s James Connolly Society and Scottish Socialists for Independence. Banners feature images of political and cultural figures including the poet Robert Burns.
Symbols on flags and banners include the three-sided Crinan knot, an old motif representing the past, present and future; the Starry Plough, an Irish socialist-republican symbol representing the land and the sky which symbolises democratic ownership of a nation’s resources and destiny ; and the flame-like sunburst, which is an old celtic motif used by Irish and Scottish radicals.