Monthly Archives: April 2020

Trump Inaction Fuels Disaster

By Tony Wilsdon, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) The threat posed by COVID-19 was not a secret. The devastating spread of the virus in China, and the fact that it could be transmitted person-to-person was world news by the middle of January. The science of virus transmission and the steps to minimize its reach was also well ...

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Why Covid-19 is not the “great leveller”

By Robert Cosgrave The horrific Covid-19 crisis has graphically exposed the multiple inequalities and forms of oppression that lie at the heart of capitalism. Working-class people find themselves out of work and down on income. For those workers deemed essential, the same unacceptable workloads continue, with a lack of sufficient PPE provision or any increase in their wages from bosses ...

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Britain Leaked Report Reveals Sabotage by Labour Right

By Claire Laker-Mansfield, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales & Scotland) Poisonous, vindictive, laced with racist undertones, and breath-taking in their contempt for all those fighting to elect a Labour government with an anti-austerity programme. These descriptions perhaps go some way towards summarising the contents of the leaked conversations, held between senior Labour officials between 2015 and 2018, ...

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Food dumping: Obscene waste at a time of mass want

By Ollie Bell The Covid-19 crisis is exposing the inherent weaknesses in the capitalist system. The privatisation of the healthcare system in Ireland and globally means that hospitals are underprepared to deal with this global pandemic. But what is also clear are the contradictions within the system. Images of empty shelves and long queues outside of supermarkets went viral, and ...

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Top Ten Reads for Lockdown

By Amy Ferguson, Socialist Party member and Unite Hospitality branch secretary (per cap.) If you’re anything like me, you’re stuck in the house with a lot of spare time on your hands. (Solidarity to those key workers and parents who are rushed off their feet!) Which, so far, has translated into a whole lot of screen time – be it through zoom ...

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Covid-19 lockdown & gender-based violence

By Andrea Murray As the outbreak of Covid-19 began to take hold, experts warned of the risk of increased gender based violence and abuse of children. Intimate partner violence increased significantly during the HIV / AIDS pandemic, Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks. Research from previous pandemics and disease outbreaks align with what we’re now seeing emerging from Covid-19. Economic insecurity ...

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Interview: US health workers fight back

Interview with Eljeer Hawkins, New York City surgical technician & socialist activist NYC is at the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic. What are conditions like for health workers there? EH: The conditions throughout our for-profit healthcare system and for the workers has been an utter disaster with unconscionable consequences as we try to take care of our patients and the ...

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Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael document: A con to build Dáil majority

By Michael O’Brien A paper with the long-winded title “A draft document between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to facilitate negotiations with other parties on a plan to recover, rebuild and renew Ireland after the COVID-19 Emergency” has been circulated by those two parties to Labour, Social Democrats and the Green Party in an effort to assemble a majority government. ...

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Economic crash shows who the real wealth creators are

By Mike Murphy  Plans by governments and central banks to deal with the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic feature in the news virtually every day. While the initial news focus was very strongly on the healthcare system response to the crisis, more recently the focus on the more usual interests of the ruling class has become more pronounced.  The ...

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