Author Archives: Socialist Party

Eyewitness report: Gardaí do KPMG’s dirty work at Debenhams

By Dan O’Rourke Gardaí acting on behalf of KPMG used massive force to break the picket line of the former Debenhams workers at Henry Street in Dublin last Thursday night. Up to that point the workers had been blockading the shop’s loading bay on Parnell Street to prevent the removal of stock throughout the 54 weeks of the dispute.  Events ...

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KBC creates job massacre and mortgage crisis

By Leonard McArthur KBC Bank has chosen to withdraw from the Irish market after 40 plus years of operations with the loss of 1,400 jobs at a time of massive unemployment. This sudden evacuation is likely fueled by the profound uncertainty that has been injected into the property market due to the pandemic. Unemployment has reached a staggering 25%, meaning ...

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Global tax reform: Is capitalism making the rich pay?

By Per-Ake Westerlund, Rattvisepartiet Socialisterna (our sister organisation in Sweden) Why are the IMF, Joe Biden and the UK government, among many other capitalist institutions and governments suddenly advocating increased taxes? And will such measures solve any of the accumulating problems in the capitalist economy? Within a short space of time, the following proposals have been announced: The Conservative British government ...

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Big pharma’s patents: Profiting from the pandemic

By Jonathan Diebold  The rapid development of the Covid-19 vaccine has given us a glimpse of what humanity can achieve given enough drive and resources. However, it has also demonstrated the shortcomings of capitalism, and of patent laws and the reliance of a small number of massive, highly profitable companies in the production of our medicinal needs. Global inequalities  While ...

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Review: The People Want To Overthrow The System

The People Want To Overthrow The System By Cedric Gérôme Published by International Socialist Alternative, 2021 Reviewed by Peter McGregor This book delves into the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary processes that unfolded in Tunisia between 2010 and 2013. Gérôme, a leading ISA member who was on the ground during much of these events, explains and analyses the various factors that led ...

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Johnson praises the role of “capitalism and greed” in Covid response

By Daniel Waldron On the anniversary of the first lockdown in the UK, Boris Johnson proclaimed  to Tory backbenchers, “The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism, because of greed, my friends.” The real result of the Tories’ callous, pro-capitalist policies during the Covid pandemic has been almost 130,000 lost lives, one of the highest per-capita death ...

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Review: Reeling in the Years (2010)

Reviewed by Manus Lenihan Just gonna stand there and watch me burn […] Just gonna stand there and hear me cry […] – Eminem with Rihanna, ‘Love the way you lie,’ 2010 RTÉ’s Reeling in the Years has aired an episode covering major events in the painful year 2010. For working-class people, that time was a nightmare. Hundreds of thousands ...

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New Climate Action Bill: Still a weak response to urgent crisis

By Padraig O’Flynn To muted fanfare and coverage the government recently published its Climate Action Bill. The document might appear ambitious on the surface, but, on closer inspection, specific measures for achieving these targets are largely absent. Weak proposals Indeed, the most interesting thing about the document is what’s missing from it. For example, it contains no free public transport ...

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India: Workers & farmers resist Modi’s brutal regime

India saw the world’s largest-ever general strike in 2020 with hundreds of millions of workers and trade unionists supporting farmers in their struggle against the right-wing policies of the Modi government. Martina Stafford reports on this mass movement. India’s capitalist government is led by the reactionary Hindu fundamentalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In September ...

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