Author Archives: Socialist Party

Debenhams strikers won’t settle for peanuts

By Michael O’Brien No sooner were the Debenhams shop stewards given the gist of a proposed settlement to their struggle for a just redundancy from the Mandate General Secretary, Gerry Light, than it was leaked into the media with a positive spin and additional details that were not even presented to the workers. Debenhams workers described how relatives and friends ...

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Review: A Hero’s Death by Fontaines D.C.

By Shane Finnan On the 31 July, Fontaines D.C. released their widely anticipated sophomore album A Hero’s Death. The second album is a milestone achievement in the flowering evolution of the band. While Dogrel was grittier and affiliated with the recent post-punk wave, A Hero’s Death has experimented with softer melodies and at times vocal harmonies that are reminiscent of ...

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Suffering for your art: Creative work under capitalism

By Eoin McCaul Just a few weeks ago, artists in the UK were faced with the very real and terrifying prospect that up to 90% of venues may not reopen their doors after lockdown. For those reliant on gig work – musicians, actors, and creative workers of all kinds – this scenario was catastrophic, as many already struggle to put ...

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Solidarity with the family of Thiago Cortes & all Deliveroo workers

On Tuesday night the death was announced of Thiago Cortes, a Deliveroo worker who was killed in a ‘hit and run’ which occurred on North Wall Quay, Dublin, on Monday night. The circumstances will of course be investigated by Gardai, but it is urgent that broader discussions are had about how these workers are employed, the perils they face every ...

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Book Review: White Fragility by Robin Diangelo

By Rebecca Green, Socialist Alternative USA After the brutal murder of George Floyd, Robin Diangelo’s 2018 book White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism became Amazon’s #1 best seller. Already, 1.6 million copies have been sold. An article Diangelo published on the same topic in 2011 caught steam before Michael Brown was killed in 2014, and ...

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USA: Revolt for black lives in Kenosha

By Teddy Shibabaw, Socialist Alternative USA Jacob Blake: unarmed, Black, father, and paralyzed from the waist down. Seven shots in his back at point blank range from a cop’s gun in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  The video footage taken by a bystander witness is unmistakable.  Just as in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police, the ...

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California wildfires: A socialist perspective

By Elliot Bartz, Socialist Alternative USA Remembering one’s experience of a wildfire is like assembling a series of fragments from a broken picture: Startled awake at 3am to an unprecedented dry lightning storm. Lightning illuminates the sky and thunder rumbles nearby. A sense of foreboding rises in our stomachs. This weather belongs in the midwest, not coastal California. 2pm the ...

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Trump in Trouble and Biden in Hiding: 2020 Presidential Elections

From Socialist Alternative – the Socialist Party’s US sister section 2020 is not the election year that anyone expected. Presidential election politics are now utterly intertwined with the global pandemic that has killed nearly 165,000 people in the U.S. as of this writing and has completely altered life for most of the population. From the very beginning, Trump has not ...

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For a safe return to school – teachers speak out

Return to school

by a Socialist Party reporter (Second-level teacher) The government has utterly failed to prepare for a safe return to education. ‘Criminal’ was the word used by one teacher who confronted the Taoiseach after a photo-opportunity at a Cork school on August 20th. Years of underinvestment and the highest class sizes in Europe makes school reopening in Ireland particularly risky. While ...

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Report from “Health Freedom Ireland” protest organised by far-right

#GolfGate gives belated boost to “Health Freedom Ireland” protest The inconsistent nature of the current government Covid restrictions coupled with the deep and justified anger in society at the blatant hypocrisy of politicians and prominent establishment figures attending a golf outing in contravention of those very same restrictions undoubtedly gave a late boost to the attendance at a protest on ...

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