Author Archives: Socialist Party

Childcare crisis reaches point of collapse- Fund free public childcare now

By Katia Hancke  Childcare services have reached breaking point due to the callous insistence of this government to treat the care of our children as a for-profit business. Childcare workers and small providers, with the support of many parents, have been driven to closing down the sector for a day to force this issue onto the political agenda. The spiralling ...

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Cyprus rape case outrage: Stop the victim blaming

Joint statement from our sister organisations in Cyprus; England, Wales and Scotland and Israel-Palestine. The 19-year-old woman who reported being brutally gang-raped last July in Agia Napa, Cyprus, was found guilty. Guilty of daring to report a rape and asking the police to investigate it. The police did nothing of the sort. On the contrary, from the very first days, ...

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Fine Gael forced to back down from celebrating repressive colonial police

By Manus Lenihan Widespread anger has forced the government to retreat, at least temporarily, from holding a commemoration for the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP). These two police forces upheld colonial, landlord and capitalist rule in Ireland. They were a blunt instrument in the hands of the big landlords, carrying out evictions and beating down protests, ...

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Iran: Trump brings region closer to war

By Rob Jones, Committee for a Workers International (the international socialist organisation to which the Socialist Party in Ireland is affiliated to) The headline and editorial in the Lebanese pro-Hezbollah newspaper “Al-Akhbar” on Friday read: “The martyrdom of Soleimani: It is war!” This is just one of the first angry reactions to the overnight US drone attack on the convoy ...

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Australia: Climate inaction and budget cuts fuel devastating bushfires

By Jeremy Trott, Socialist Action (our sister organisation in Australia) Australia is in the grip of an extreme bushfire crisis. Record-breaking heat waves and months of drought have created the conditions for massive blazes across the country. The scale of the fires is unprecedented, affecting every state on the continent. They are the largest bushfires ever recorded in Australia. At the ...

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US: How can Bernie Sanders win?

By Bryan Koulouris, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Bernie Sanders is experiencing a surge in the polls; he’s ahead in New Hampshire (11/26/2019) and California (LA Times, 12/5/2019) while he is consistently crushing all other candidates among young people. All of this is despite a media blackout and recent negative campaigning by both Obama and the Clintons. Bernie’s call for a Green New ...

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Google workers get organised

By Thomas White  On the 20 November, over 2,300 cafeteria workers who work at dozens of Google campuses in the Bay Area, California – including the tech giant’s main headquarters – voted to unionize. This is an important step forward for all workers in the tech sector. A sector that has become notorious for its hostility to trade unions.  These ...

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Shortages and expensive prices. Medicines and vaccines: the market makes us sick!

This article by a trade union shop-steward in a major pharmaceutical company was first published in Lutte Socialiste/De Linkse Socialist, monthly paper of PSL/LSP – our sister organisation in Belgium. In recent weeks, a number of scandals connected to the pharmaceutical sector have broken out. Firstly, over the very high treatment costs for a sick baby, in response to which ...

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Review: People’s Republic of Walmart

People’s Republic of Walmart: How the World’s Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for Socialism By Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski Verso Books, 2019 Among the most common arguments conservatives hurl at socialism is that planned economies always fail. Typically capitalists argue that, despite the flaws of the free market, it’s far better than any other system that has existed ...

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