Jan 14 2021

BREXIT – A NEW CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS

We are posting the following two articles on the Brexit. The first by  Steve Freeman, posted on the Republican Socialist Network blog, highlights the  nature of the constitutional crisis article brought about by Brexit. The second from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) is  about the likely political impact of Brexit on Ireland and the illusion that this will pave the wa  to Irish reunification under the auspices of the Irish Dail and the Northern Irish Stormont.

 

1. VOTING AGAINST  THE TORY DEAL

 

 

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland left the European Union in February 2020 with a stay of execution until 31 December 2020. On the 30 December the country faced a dire emergency. Next day the Great Britain would crash out of the Single Market and Customs Union, leaving Northern Ireland in the single market for goods with a EU customs border with the rest of the UK. The only question in doubt is whether there would be the safety net of a trade deal to prevent a crash. Continue reading “BREXIT – A NEW CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS”

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Dec 27 2020

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.

 

THE TRADE UNION BUREAUCRACY AND UNIONISM IN NORTHERN IRELAND

 

UNITE offices in Belfast

 

If the Irish Congress of Trade Unions through its partnership with the state is the creature of imperialism in the South, the same is glaringly apparent in the North.  Historically, no imperialist atrocity was ever great enough for them to go beyond carefully ‘balanced’ statements, or to take any consistent action in defence of oppressed working-class communities.  They stuck strictly to ‘workplace issues’ and their perception of ‘workers interests’ were unfailingly expressed as cries for a peace coupled to imperialist stabilisation and investment.  Now that the impact of imperialist decline in the industrial heartland of the north east reveals that imperialism owes workers nothing their response is one of paralysis.. Continue reading “THE TRADE UNION BUREAUCRACY AND UNIONISM IN NORTHERN IRELAND”

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Dec 09 2020

HERD IMMUNITY – MYTH AND REALITY

Following  our continuing series of articles on Covid-19 We are posting this piece form Socialist Democracy (Ireland) in the myth of herd immunity.

 

HERD IMMUNITY – MYTH AND REALITY

 

While many scientific myths have emerged during the course of the global pandemic the most prominent and persistence of these has undoubtedly been that of “herd immunity”. Its basic proposition is that by allowing the virus to spread among sections of the population that are considered least susceptible to severe illness a level of immunity can be built up that breaks transmission and protects the population as a whole. The implication of this in terms of public health policy is a rejection of restrictive measures such as lockdowns. This certainly has an appeal to governments and most of them – to one degree or another – have adopted a strategy that is influenced by the herd immunity approach. Given the negativity surrounding the concept, this is never admitted publicly. It is usually given the softer framing of “Living with Covid” (a phrase which has been adopted by the Irish government). A blunter version of this is the recent admission from the Trump administration that it was “not going to control the pandemic”. Continue reading “HERD IMMUNITY – MYTH AND REALITY”

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Dec 09 2020

NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN COUNCIL WORKERS’ STRIKE

 

 

With employers using Covid-18 to attack workers’ jobs, pay and conditions, there has been the beginnings of a fightback. This article first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) looks at the strike action taken by council workers in Newry, Mourne and Down council.

 

NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN COUNCIL WORKERS’ STRIKE

 

workers in Newry, Mourne and Down (NMD) took strike action on Thursday December 3rd, following an overwhelming vote for action by workers in Siptu, UNITE, GMB and Nipsa. The council merger which saw the creation of the super council has been used as an opportunity to attempt to lower pay and undermine conditions. Now, using the pandemic and a notional ‘financial responsibility’ as an excuse, the council management are attempting to press home their planned destruction of pay grading procedures and reduce wages to the lowest parameter of a pay scale which varies across the merged council areas. Refuse workers alone face losses of up to £2,500 per year. As a means of imposing these cuts a previously agreed objective job evaluation process has arbitrarily been dispensed with and a new one with no right of appeal and headed by an individual manager has been introduced. The new system ignores workers’ contracts prior to the council amalgamation and the legal transfer of undertakings regulations. Continue reading “NEWRY, MOURNE AND DOWN COUNCIL WORKERS’ STRIKE”

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Nov 18 2020

FURTHER POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN IRELAND: NORTH AND SOUTH

We are posting the following two articles from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) in the current situation in Ireland, North and South.

 

1. STORMONT EXECUTIVE TAKES A RECKLESS TURN ON PANDEMIC

 

 

Arlene Foster and Edwin Poots, DUP

 

For a long time Stormont has stood as a byword for sectarianism, corruption and incompetence. Under the pressure of the coronavirus crisis these features of the political institutions have been elevated to new levels. The past six months has seen political leaders breach Covid regulations; parties retain support grants that were mistakenly paid into their bank accounts; advice from health officials rejected; the representatives of medical professionals subjected to personalised attacks; and a minister claim that one community was primarily responsible for the spread of the virus. However the goings on within the Stormont Executive last week, over whether to extend or relax Covid regulations, have manged to top all of that. If the situation wasn’t so serious it would be comical. Yet the decisions made by government do have consequences and what has been agreed upon this week is likely to have very severe consequences for public health. Continue reading “FURTHER POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN IRELAND: NORTH AND SOUTH”

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Nov 08 2020

EMANCIPATION & LIBERATION – WELSH COVERAGE 2002-20

Following the posting of our Irish coverage(http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2020/10/15/emancipation-liberation-irish-coverage-2002-20/), E&L is posting our  Welsh and republican related coverage from 2002 to 2020 to promote a wider socialist republican ‘internationalism from below’ alliance

EMANCIPATION & LIBERATION – WELSH COVERAGE 2002-20

 

 

2020

 

The British Left and the UK State – Allan Armstrong, RCN, Republican Socialist Platform

THE BRITISH LEFT AND THE UK STATE

From grey to red granite – Allan Armstrong, RCN, Republican Socialist Platform   Continue reading “EMANCIPATION & LIBERATION – WELSH COVERAGE 2002-20”

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Oct 26 2020

THE GREEN NEW DEAL – A solution to environmental destruction?

This posting, originally from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) takes a critical look at the Green New Deals, which have been by adopted by various social democratic parties (most recently in Corbyn-led Labour’s 2019 general election manifesto). The article questions the economic viability of Keynesian inspired national New Deals, especially in a situation of an underlying capitalist crisis of profitability and global environmental degradation.  In the drive for profits, disregard for environmental consequences is endemic to capitalism. Overcoming ongoing global environmental degradation requires a global solution. which can only be provided by the complete uprooting of capitalism.

 

THE GREEN NEW DEAL – A solution to environmental destruction?

 

Many Left groups now put forward at the centre of their programme a Green New Deal. What is the Green New Deal? Continue reading “THE GREEN NEW DEAL – A solution to environmental destruction?”

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Oct 15 2020

EMANCIPATION & LIBERATION – IRISH COVERAGE 2002-20

E&L is posting our  Irish coverage from 2002 to 2021 to promote a wider socialist republican ‘internationalism from below’ alliance

EMANCIPATION & LIBERATION – IRISH COVERAGE 2002-20

 

2020

From Grey to Red Granite – Allan Armstrong, RCN

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2020/10/10/from-grey-to-red-granite-viewing-the-left-the-scottish-question-and-the-nature-of-the-uk-state-through-the-lens-of-neil-davidsons-writings-and-political-work/ and https://allanarmstrong831930095.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/from-grey-to-red-granite-7.pdf

Continue reading “EMANCIPATION & LIBERATION – IRISH COVERAGE 2002-20”

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Oct 09 2020

DOCTOR ISAAM HIJAWI – PRISON HUNGER STRIKE VICTORY

 

 

This is an update to the article from Working Class Club  we posted on 20.9.20 (http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2020/09/20/hunger-strikes-in-support-of-dr-issam-hijawi) about the hunger strike to protest at the imprisonment  of Dr. Issam Hijawi a Palestinian activist in Maghaberry Jail. This latest article was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland).

 

DR. ISSAM HIJAWI – PRISON HUNGERS STRIKE VICTORY

 

Dr. Issam Hijawi and MM Prison Maghaberry, Lisburn

 

One duty of socialists is to keep record of the ebb and flow of struggles and their significance for future struggle.  That duty arises in relation to the recent republican hunger strike especially as, in a time of retreat,  it registered a modest victory.  Prison authorities, attempting to crush Palestinian Doctor Issam Hijjawi by using Covid-19 to justify extended solitary confinement,  were forced to retreat. Continue reading “DOCTOR ISAAM HIJAWI – PRISON HUNGER STRIKE VICTORY”

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Sep 22 2020

FASCISM: IRELAND’S ILLUSION OF IMMUNITY BEGINS TO PALL

We are posting this article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) which questions the complacency of the Left about the possibility of a growth of fascist forces in the Republic of Ireland.

 

FASCISM: IRELAND’S ILLUSION OF IMMUNITY BEGINS TO PALL

 

Attacks on Travellers in Ireland

 

Over the past decade there have been many boasts from liberals and leftists claiming immunity from a fascist threat in Ireland.

Gay rights,  abortion, social partnership covering almost all of society, the inability of forces to the right of Fine Gael to get a purchase, decline in the power of the church, the electoral rise of the reformist left.  What could go wrong? Continue reading “FASCISM: IRELAND’S ILLUSION OF IMMUNITY BEGINS TO PALL”

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