Ready for Day X

On Tuesday March 18 the Scottish Socialist Party held a public meeting in Dundee. Around 150 people, from students to pensioners, turned out to hear Tommy Sheridan's anti-war message at the Queen's Hotel. Also on the platform were Jim Malone from the Fire Brigades Union; Alison Hughes, representing nursery nurses about to take industrial action; Jim McFarlane, SSP candidate for Dundee West for the elections to the Scottish parliament; and John Sangster, top of the SSP's regional list for the North East of Scotland. There was an extremely moving contribution from the floor from an Iraqi socialist woman who described her imprisonment and treatment at the hands of the Iraqi regime. The meeting helped set the scene for anti-war protests on Day X, linking them with the lobby of the Labour Party conference in Dundee on Friday and Saturday March 21-22. Several people at the meeting decided to join the SSP and agreed to help build the party's election campaign. Sarah McDonald