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McCrimmon and Dawson Event in Edinburgh
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Tommy Dawson and James McCrimmon hold a joint event in Edinburgh. Dawson approaches the podium to speak first.

Tommy Dawson Wrote:Hello Edinburgh! Today, we take a short breath as we near the end of this long but inspiring campaign. It is inspiring because in spite of massive unemployment, in spite of an obscene poll tax, in spite of the destruction of our public services and communities, in spite of profound inequality, people all across Britain from the South to the North and the Midlands from Wales to here in Scotland have refused to accept the Thatcherite goal of beating us down until we accept less.

Instead they have rallied behind our Second Chartist Movement, one with the sight of a better world in our minds and the vision set forth in Clause IV of our Constitution in our hearts. In this campaign we have outlined a strategy that will tap into the righteous anger of the many in order to end the dark age of Thatcherism and Tory rule that has haunted our country and condemned millions to incalculable misery so that those who own the wealth could pilfer more. In this campaign we have also outlined the hopeful mission that we will fulfill once in Government. We will restore our industry under public ownership and organize it to meet human needs, not as tools for the pillage of the wealthy. We will rebuild our trade union movement so that working people have a robust basis of power to fight for just wages and benefits and a better society for all. We will forge bonds of international solidarity with the oppressed everywhere, seeking freedom from misery and despair for all whether in Edinburgh, Johannesburg, Santiago, and anywhere else where fellow human beings struggle under torture, legal inequality, and poverty while the ruling class leads lives of luxury. We remember the struggles and aspirations of the labour movement of old and we will fight for this just society to vindicate the heroes of Cable Street, of Merthyr, of Tolpuddle, and the silent struggles of the men and women that worked as hard as they could to eek out an existence and make a ensure their children inherit something better, people who are not recorded in history books but are as great and noble as the “great men” who are.  And of course, we fight for a better future for our children and grandchildren so that future generations may never know of the scourge of poverty, war, and inequality. So please take that breath and then get prepared for a fight at conference. Make sure that your CLP is organized in favour of James McCrimmon and myself. The stakes are high but our resolve is higher. Thank you!

James McCrimmon steps to the podium.

James McCrimmon Wrote:Thank you all for being here today, Edinburgh! Even if I'm from a certain other city in Scotland that will go unmentioned while I'm here. It's kind of surreal to be here, actually. When I announced my campaign and the beginning of the Second Chartist Movement, I did not expect to gain this much traction. But, as they so often do, the workers of this country have risen up together and made their voices clear.

I have been a member of this party for my whole life because my father was, like many of you, a trade unionist. He believed and I believe in the importance of Clause IV of our constitution, which, as I've already paraphrased, is that "The Labour Party is an unabashedly socialist party who believes that when properly organized to fight for their interests, the working class are the agents of progress in the United Kingdom." The working class are the agents of progress, and nowhere has that been more clear than here today. This campaign has been encouraged, supported, and inspired by the many great people we've met over the last few weeks.

But this is not the end of this movement. Casting your ballot is not the end. Electing a new leader, getting a Shadow Cabinet, winning an election, none of those are the end. The end will come when we fully implement the Second People's Charter. The end will come when we will all be treated equally and fairly and everyone has access to the rights promised in the Second Charter - a fair economy, social support, and employment. I have been asked a few times, “why those rights?”

Well, let me tell you. After finishing my training period as an advocate, I didn't go join a fancy stable. Instead, I offered my services to the Law Society of Scotland and served as an advocate in their legal aid division until I was elected to Parliament. I was cognizant, you see, of the immense privilege that I had received by going to uni and successfully getting a degree. So I helped people who didn't have those privileges. I'm not saying I know 100% what people need for a good life, but a fair economy, social support, and employment is a great start. We have seen inequalities get worse over the last 11 years of Tory governance - it's time we make government work for the people it's supposed to work for.

This idea has to extend to all areas of government. It's time to take a closer look at our relationship with the EEC and NATO and see how those two organizations are making us a more or less equal society. Because let me be frank, I'm not exactly over the moon about being tied to a nation that when attempting to coup a leader in a Commonwealth nation performed, according to the UN, a "flagrant violation of international law."

People in Britain are hungry. They are sick and without quality care. They are unemployed and trying to make do. They are trying to earn enough money from low-paying jobs to survive. And there are people in Britain who earn enough pounds in a year where that money could go to charity, they would be fine, and people would be helped. But for some reason, the "invisible hand of the free market" doesn't like poor people. I wonder why?

We are one nation, Britain. When one of us hurts, we all hurt. When one of us is sick, we are all sick. When one succeeds, we all succeed. Our success depends on others. We all depend on others. But too many people haven't had anyone to depend on. Well, let me make myself very clear - you can count on James McCrimmon and Tommy Dawson. You can count on James McCrimmon and Tommy Dawson to improve the lives of those who need the most improvement in them. We are for ALL of this country, not just the rich, famous, and/or powerful. Britain, it's time to change our system, so who's ready?

Tommy Dawson and James McCrimmon lead the crowd in the singing of “The Red Flag.”
James McCrimmon
Leader of the Labour Party (1990-Present)
Leader of Her Majesty's Most Loyal Opposition (1990-Present)

Member of Parliament for Glasgow Pollok (1970-Present)
Traits: Campaigning Guru

Formerly Shadow Solicitor General (1972-1974), Attorney General (1974-1979), Shadow Attorney General (1979-1980), Shadow Health Sec (1981-1983), Shadow Environment Sec (1984-1987), Shadow Employment Sec (1987-1989), Shadow Social Security Sec (1989-1990)
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