The radicalisation of politics in Scotland greatly affected the main political parties. Many voters began to support the ILP or the Labour Party, as a way of challenging the old ways.
The events of ‘Red Clydeside’ gave hope to people who wanted change in Scottish society. It was a major cause of the radicalisation of Scottish politics.
'Red Clydeside’ is the name given to a series of disputes beginning in 1915, between the government and the workers in factories and engineering works in the Glasgow area.
The government was increasingly concerned about attempts by workers to disrupt wartime production:
In January 1916, there were strikes over government plans to enforce dilution where work previously done only by skilled workers, was carried out by semi and unskilled workers in the engineering factories.
In March 1916, the government ordered that the CWC leaders be arrested and relocated to Edinburgh, breaking the strength and organisation of the CWC. Newspapers described the strikers as greedy and selfish, and most public opinion supported the government.
Many people believed the strikes were damaging Britain's chances of winning the war and endangering the lives of soldiers at the front, by threatening the supply of munitions.