Tag Archives: Labour

The Brexit Calamity & the Role of the Workers Movement

 The prolonged countdown to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union has thrown the Conservative government into a profound crisis. Ciaran Mulholland explains that the chaos is such that an anonymous European source has compared the UK to a “failed state”, and that the EU was able to impose its own terms when May came cap in hand seeking an ...

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Social Democrats: Radical alternative or Labour mark two?

By Cillian Gillespie The last decade has seen convulsive change in Ireland. From 2008 onwards, we witnessed a devastating economic crisis and an eight year regime of austerity. This was followed by a neoliberal recovery where lack of affordable housing and childcare, underfunded social services and growing precarity in the workplace have become the norm. This is “capitalist realism”, Irish ...

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100 years on: When working class power defeated conscription

April 2018 marks the one hundredth anniversary of a historic general strike in Ireland. Cillian Gillespie looks at the events of this strike and the revolutionary potential that existed in this movement to unite workers north and south.  23 April 1918 was a decisive day in the history of the working-class movement in Ireland. In the words of the self-proclaimed ...

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”Anti-semitism” slurs: latest attempt to derail Corbynism

The Blairite majority of Labour MPs will never be reconciled to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Corbyn resoundingly won the second leadership contest they forced on him in 2016 but they go on looking for every opportunity to undermine, damage and remove him. Their slandering him as ‘antisemitic’, dredging up a two-line Facebook comment he made in 2012, is a continuation of ...

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Latest Amnesty Poll shows Pro-Choice is the “Middle Ground”,

by Diana O’Dwyer The latest Amnesty opinion poll shows what ROSA and the Socialist Party have been saying all along – that the public are way ahead of politicians and the establishment media on abortion rights. Ever since the Citizens’ Assembly voted in April, we’ve been told the “middle ground” will never support such an “extreme” outcome and so the ...

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Britain: Mobilise for a mass movement after general election

The closing of the opinion polls, even after the horrific Manchester bombing, has confounded all wings of the capitalist establishment. The Blairites in Labour are a key part of this coalition and they are just as terrified of the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn being declared prime minister on 9 June. The Socialist Party has been an active participant in the ...

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Britain: How can Corbyn’s programme be implemented?

By Alistair Tice, Socialist Party (England and Wales) Theresa May-hem attacks Jeremy Corbyn for his “nonsensical economic… mismanagement.” This is a bit rich after Tory work and pensions secretary Damian Green admitted: “Our manifesto is not un-costed, we just haven’t costed it yet”! Seven-times Tory treasury secretary David Gauke failed to say how they would fund the NHS! But if ...

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Britain: Corbyn must fight election with socialist policies

Theresa May has called a general election for one reason – not the reason she gave – but because of the government’s weakness in face of a rising tide of anger in British society. Workers are suffering the most prolonged squeeze on wages since the start of the nineteenth century. Benefits cuts are leaving millions without enough money to feed ...

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Role of vulture funds laid bare

By Sami El-Sayed On Monday 9 January, RTÉ aired The Great Irish Sell-Off. The hour long documentary outlined broadly the activities of appropriately named vulture funds in Ireland and across many parts of the world. The documentary showed the huge value in assets that these few vulture funds hold, the massive human cost for ordinary people, and the pittance in ...

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Blairite hysteria over “Trotskyist infiltrators”

By Conor Payne The campaign against Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the British Labour Party has led to new attacks from the media and the Blairites on ‘Trotskyism” and the Militant, forerunners of the Socialist Party. Deputy Leader Tom Watson produced a ‘dossier’ on Trotskyist infiltration of the party, claiming that Labour was being taken over by “Trotsky entryists” who are ...

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