Author Archives: Socialist Party Reporter

New movements, old dilemma- Reform or Revolution today

The election of the Syriza government in February 2015 was greeted with enthusiastic support by working class people in Greece and across Europe, only to turn into bitter disappointment after its capitulation to the Troika in July. As inequality and austerity continue to radicalise millions, leading to the rise of new movements of the Left, Paul Murphy argues that there ...

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Repealing the 8th & Women’s Emancipation today

In the last number of years there has been a significant shift in the attitudes of people in the South towards the issue of abortion, particularly in the aftermath of the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar, in late October 2012. There is growing pressure on the political establishment to repeal the 8th Amendment to the constitution that was inserted 1983. ...

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Stunning victory for socialist in Seattle

By Carah Daniel The amazing victory of Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant in the election to Seattle City Council is definitely a clear indication of the desire for a genuine alternative to capitalism on the part of working class. Not only was she elected in 2013, she was re-elected too at the beginning of November! An unapologetic socialist She has ...

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Q&A: Socialists and the Corbyn campaign

The Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) was recently approached by New Statesman magazine to respond to the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. Unfortunately our answers were not used in the resulting article. Below are the responses of Socialist Party general secretary Peter Taaffe to the questions asked. Does your party view Corbyn’s rise as Labour leader ...

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“Abortion Pill Bus” defies the 8th

By Monika Janas Despite the abominable ban on abortion in Ireland, it is a fact of life that women still obtain them.  Twelve women a day travel to Great Britain for their services. Unfortunately, while some may have the resources and funds to go abroad, others may feel they have to resolve to life-endangering methods in their desperation. This is ...

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Keep up the pressure to… Repeal the 8th amendment

By Katia Hancke At the end of September over 10,000 people – young, vibrant, passionate and confident about the issue – made a very clear statement at the March for Choice: our time is now. We can’t wait, repeal the 8th! Repeal gains support They reflected the widespread support for repeal of the 8th amendment out of the constitution right ...

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Working class people need a government that puts the 99% first

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s decision to hold the general election in spring 2016 is in part an attempt to give the Labour Party some breathing space. All it will actually achieve is a delay in the inevitable retribution from working class people who will deliver a major blow to Labour for their betrayals come the election. In the run into to ...

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