Sep 03 2014

UP TO AND BEYOND THE SEPTEMBER 18th INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM – A socialist republican perspective

Allan Armstrong (RCN) has written an account of the Scottish independence campaign since the SNP launched its official ‘Yes Scotland’ campaign in 2012 up until the last two weeks before the September 18th referendum. This is based on several contributions Allan has already made on this blog. It is also a contemporary update of his historical piece, The Making and the Breaking of the UK State (http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2012/01/11/internationalism-from-below-2/). This article also looks at the possibilities beyond September 18th.

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UP TO AND BEYOND THE SEPTEMBER 18th INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM – A socialist republican response

 

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a)                   The Scottish independence referendum – not an exercise by the UK of the right of self-determination

b)                   The SNP leadership’s strategy

c)                   Cameron’s strategy pushes Labour into the frontline of the defence of the Union in Scotland, whilst he controls things at a UK level

d)                   Attempts to widen the political base of support for the Union

e)                   The new challenge to social liberalism and the ‘New Unionist’ settlement from UKIP, the Tory Right, the Ulster Unionists and Loyalists

f)                    Enter the unexpected – a new movement from below

g)                   The lack of class confidence underpins both official campaigns and the inherited weaknesses of the Left affect RIC too

h)                  After September 18th

 

a)         The Scottish independence referendum – not an exercise by the UK of the right of self-determination

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Feb 07 2014

IRISH BUDGET 2014 – A BUDGET OF SMOKE AND MIRRORS, ADVANCING AN AGENDA OF BARBARISM

The mainstream Irish press claims the economic crisis has bottomed out in Ireland, and the economy is on the road to recovery. This article from from the Socialist Democracy (Ireland) outline the reality, particularly for the Irish working class.

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Protesting Enda Kennedy’s Fine Gael/Labour coalition budget

 

The extent to which the ideology of austerity has been engrained in Irish society is reflected in the expression of relief that has greeted the latest budget. Despite another negative adjustment of €2.5 billion the general consensus is that it could have been worse. There is also a belief, encouraged by the government and the media, that austerity is easing and that the Irish economy is on the road torecovery. This is exemplified in the declaration by Taoiseach Enda Kenny that Ireland’s exit from the bailout programme by the end of the year would mark the end of the period of crisis and a restoration of “economic sovereignty”.

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