Author Archives: Socialist Party

Local elections: Class politics the only answer to sectarian division

The media coverage of Northern Ireland’s local election results has focused on the growth of the vote of the Alliance Party, and to a lesser extent the Green Party. These two parties are said to represent “the middle ground”. The increased vote for these parties is an important development but the headlines represent a partial truth only. A more rounded ...

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Sudan: Reject any compromise with the old regime – the revolution must continue!

Four months of mass struggle on the streets, with a ceaseless flow of demonstrations, strikes, occupations and sit-ins, culminated in the removal from power of dictator Omar al-Bashir one month ago. Since then, a continuing mass sit-in in front of the headquarters of the General Command of the Sudanese Army in Khartoum, and smaller occupations in front of the headquarters ...

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Rising tide of support for Sanders candidacy

By Kailyn Nicholson- member of Socialist Alternative, sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the US The candidacy of Bernie Sanders in the US Presidential election is garnering is once garnering enormous support amongst working class and young people. His platform of $15 an hour, universal Health Care, taxing the rich and ending corporate welfare, and the need for a ...

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Eurovision and the whitewashing of Israeli occupation

Millions across the world watch the Eurovision every year. This year’s competition, however, will see a significant boycott of what the popular rock band Wolf Alice has called the “most controversial Eurovision Song Contest that’s ever happened.” Artists from across the world have joined trade unionists and Palestinian solidarity activists in calling for a boycott of the event being held ...

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North: Election breakthrough for anti-sectarian socialist

“For me, this is not a personal victory but a political one – it is a victory for cross-community, socialist politics. It reflects a growing opposition to the sectarian games, cuts and backward social policies of the main parties.” These were the words of Socialist Party member Donal O’Cofaigh after he was elected as a Cross-Community Labour Alternative (CCLA) councillor ...

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IMF Warns of “Growth Slowdown” – Trump Increasing Economic Instability

By Alan Jones – Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) There were stark warnings about world economic prospects at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) meeting Washington in early April. “A growth slowdown and a precarious recovery” warned the main IMF report, while Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned that the global economy had slid into a “synchronized deceleration” was ...

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Demand free public transport now!

By Manus Lenihan We need to transform our cities and communities through free public transport. As well as abolishing fares, we need for a vast improvement in quality: an integrated public transport system based on trains, trams, buses and bicycles. No-one in a city or town should live or work more than a five-minute walk from public transport links, with ...

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Socialists frighten US CEOs

“I’m a capitalist, and even I think capitalism is broken”. This was the message from Ray Dalio, head of the world’s largest hedge fund, in a manifesto in April this year. Dalio is the founder of Bridgewater Associates, with assets of $17 billion, now worried as so many other US executives over growing criticism of capitalism. He also expressed his ...

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End the scandal of a two-tier health service

By Rita Harrold Successive governments have presided over the implementation of cuts and austerity that have devastated our health service. We have a criminal situation where the existence of a two-tier health system means if you want to have proper access to healthcare you must pay up. Over 100,000 people have been on outpatient waiting lists for over 18 months. ...

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