75-minute speech from the dock became a celebrated text for Scottish left-wingers. Maclean believed that Scottish workers were especially fitted to lead the revolution, and talked of “Celtic communism”, inspired by clan spirit. In captivity, Maclean had been on hunger strike, and alistair maclean books pdf download force-feeding had permanently affected his health.
He collapsed during a speech and died of pneumonia, aged forty-four. Maclean often used the letters M. Renfrewshire Co-operative Societies to pressurise local school boards to provide facilities for adult classes in economics. The attitude of the B.
In January 1918 Maclean was elected to the chair of the Third All-Russian Congress of Soviets and a month later appointed Bolshevik consul in Scotland. He established a Consulate at 12 South Portland Street in Glasgow but was refused recognition by the British Government. However he was not to be a part of the new leadership which replaced Hyndman in 1916. On 15 April 1918, Maclean was arrested for sedition.
He conducted his own defence in a defiant manner, refusing to plead and when asked if he objected to any of the jurors replying, “I object to the whole lot of them. The prosecution case was based on the testimony of witnesses who had attended his meetings, who quoted extracts from his speeches using notes they had written up from memory after the meeting. Maclean objected to his words being taken out of context, saying. The main parts of my speech, in which my themes are developed are omitted. I want to expose the trickery of the British government and their police and their lawyers.
It has been said that they cannot fathom my motive. I pointed out that as a consequence of the robbery that goes on in all civilised countries today, our respective countries have had to keep armies, and that inevitably our armies must clash together. On that and on other grounds, I consider capitalism the most infamous, bloody and evil system that mankind has ever witnessed. My language is regarded as extravagant language, but the events of the past four years have proved my contention. No human being on the face of the earth, no government is going to take from me my right to speak, my right to protest against wrong, my right to do everything that is for the benefit of mankind. I am here as the accuser of capitalism dripping with blood from head to foot.