Political Lockdown In Ireland As Unionist Border Fever Rages

 This article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) outlines the likely consequences in Northern Ireland of the spat between the EU and the UK over the EU bureaucracy’s attempt to prevent vaccine movement over the border. The decision by the EU to briefly try to prevent vaccine movement across the Irish border before immediately retreating has sparked a…

Freedom Come All Ye – Resisting The RIC Terminators

On 3rd February 2021, bella caledonia published an article by Allan Armstrong, Freedom Come All Ye. This included an analysis of the politics behind the attempt by the Terminators to shut down RIC nationally. Since then, a provisional ‘Yes Alba’ has also morphed into ‘Now Scotland’. Allan’s original article has been updated to take in…

After Brexit – Another Dialogue

 Below is a dialogue involving Phil Vellender of the Republican Socialist Alliance, Mike Picken (Socialist Resistance) and Allan Armstrong (RCN) and C.B, L.S, J.G., all of the Republican Socialist Platform This is a follow up E&L‘s recent dialogue, Starmer, the SNP and Brexit 1. Phil Vellender reports on the Another Europe is Possible conference held…

School Opening Revolt Puts The Squeeze On Union Bosses

This artcle from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) shows how the social partnership between the Irish government and trade union bureaucrats is beginning to fray under uniSchool reopening revolt puts the squeeze on union bosses The Dublin government announced in January that plans to reopen special schools as part of a phased reopening of the school system…

Workers Unity: Lessons From Scotland

Paul Inglis, who is a member of Socialist Resistance and Anti-Capitalist Resistance,  is the co-ordinator of the Republican Socialist Platform’s working group on Relationships with Mass Organisations. In this article posted on the RSP website, Paul considers the history of the ‘united front’. This is an important article. Separated from us as it is by…

Sinn Fein Backs Boost Of British Troops To Ireland

Below is a Statement from Republic Media  in response to Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Fein leader in the Six Counties, to support the use of British military personnel in  hospitals. Michelle O’Neill, the leader of PSF in the 6 counties has indicated she will support the use of British military personnel in hospitals. Robin Swann the…

Starmer, The SNP And Brexit – a dialogue

The following exchange is an update of a discussions on the Republican Socialist Alliance list, in the aftermath of Sir Keir Starmer’s ‘Damascus road’ conversion to Brexit and the SNP leadership’s continued commitment to the EU. The exchange is between Allan Armstrong (RCN) Murdo Ritchie (RCN) and Miguil Martinez (RSA) 1. On 4 Jan 2021,…

The Trump Protests Already Have A Precedent In The North Of Ireland

E&L has already pointed out the connection between Trump’s attempt to block the confirmation of 20120 presidential result, with prior US attempts, backed by the Democrats too, to subvert elections in Latin America. The following article, which is based one from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) shows a connection much closer to home – in the North of…

What Is The Crown And What Is Republicanism?

Johnnie Gallacher of the Republican Socialist Platform has written an article updating some of the postings made earlier in our blog. We are posting this article along with a a list of other articles on the E&L blog addressing the issue of republicanism. This article is a synthesis and summary of several articles originally published…

The Trade Union Bureaucracy And Unionism In Northern Ireland

This article, originally posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland), highlights the ineffectiveness of the ICTU Northern Committee and trade union bureaucracy working within the parameters of the existing unionist state when it when it comes to protecting workers’ jobs, pay and condition. If the Irish Congress of Trade Unions through its partnership with the state is the…