John Maclean’s Centenary
I stand here, then, not as the accused: I am the accuser of capitalism dripping with blood from head to foot
The Edinburgh People’s Festival is delighted to announce that it will be hosting a special commemorative reading of Maclean’s famous speech ‘I stand here as the accuser of capitalism, not the accused….’ to mark the 100th anniversary of this iconic moment at 11:30am on Saturday 12th May at the Mercat Cross on the High Street [next to St Giles Cathedral]. This is adjacent to the very court where Maclean delivered his famous speech from the dock.
May 9th 2018 marks the centenary of the Red Clydeside leader John Maclean’s famous speech from the dock facing charges of sedition. This dramatic sentence stands testimony to his enduring defiance not just of the High Court in Edinburgh but of the imperialist war and its slaughter of working people worldwide. One hundred years ago the Marxist revolutionary led the anti-war movement in Scotland and faced charges of sedition which carried then, as still it does today, the death penalty.