Desmond Tutu (1931-2021)

The following obituary to Desmond Tutu was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) DESMOND TUTU (1931-2021) A polite critic of imperialism, a resolute opponent of revolution  Tutu played a vital role in Mandela’s policy of reconciliation The death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu has led to outpourings of grief and commemoration among sections of the South…

British Brexit strategy hits the buffers – more chaos ahead

We are posting this article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) on the latest developments in the negotiations between the UK government and the EU following Lord Frost’s departure from the government and as chief  Brexit negotiator.   BRITISH BREXIT STRATEGY HITS THE BUFFERS – MORE CHAOS AHEAD Disagreement with covid strategy is not the reason for…

Flag Commission stalemate

This article was originally posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland), It highlights the inability of the ‘liberal’ institutions set up after the Good Friday Agreement to effectively challenge continued sectarianism built into the  Stormont set-up.   FLAG COMMISSION STALEMATE   The Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition (FICT) was originally set up in 2016 The long-delayed report…

A victory for workers at Glen Dimplex, Portadown

This article, first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) is about a recent victorious strike by  by  electronic appliance workers employed  Glen  Dimplex at Portadown.   A VICTORY FOR WORKERS AT GLEN DIMPLEX, PORTADOWN  All workers must prepare to fight!   Workers on the picket line at the Glen Dimplex factory on Portadown. Glen Dimplex, a highly…

Loyalist bus hijackings in Belfast

The following article on Loyalist bus hijackings in Belfast was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) LOYALIST BUS HIJACKINGS IN BELFAST Following a second bus burning by the Protestant Action Force, a cover name for the UVF, bus drivers staged a protest at City Hall in Belfast and refused to drive into areas where the…

Crossing the Rubicon – Sinn Fein becomes Fianna Fail mark II

The following article was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland). It reports on the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in October CROSSING THE RUBICON With vote on non-jury courts, Sinn Féin finally morphs into Fianna Fail mark II Leader Mary Lou McDonald at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis at the Helix in Dublin. Resolution number 21…

Dublin Bus workers reject union backed deal on pay and conditions

This article first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) outlines the growing tensions between rank and file workers and union bureaucrats in the Dublin bus workers dispute accentuated by the Covid-19 pandemic. DUBLIN BUS WORKERS REJECT UNION BACKED DEAL ON PAY AND CONDITIONS Union leaders’ plan puts all workers inside the privatisation rules It barely more…

Tory recklessness, unionist bigotry edge Good Friday Agreement towards collapse

Thus article first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland) highlights the renewed alliance between the Tory government and the DUP in their attempts to cement the their authoritarian populist and reactionary unionist project in the aftermath of Brexit.   TORY RECKLESSNESS, UNIONIST BIGOTRY EDGE GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT TOWARDS COLLAPSE Those seeking to understand why DUP leader…

British government threatens to renege on N.I. Protocol

The following article from Socialist Democracy (Ireland) highlights the political forces behind the current dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol   BRITISH GOVERNMENT THREATENS TO RENEGE ON N.I. PROTOCOL The British government has set out its proposals for the “reform” of the NI Protocol which regulates trade between GB, Northern Ireland and the EU.   Under…

Twelfth festival of hate – the state moves to support loyalism

The following article was in the annual 12th July bonfires in Belfast was first posted by Socialist Democracy (Ireland)   TWELFTH FESTIVAL OF HATE – THE STATE MOVES TO SUPPORT LOYALISM     Events have moved on from this year’s Twelfth parades, with general relief at the absence of widespread violence. However a sense of…