The Rise of People Power

There is now widespread understanding among ordinary people in Ireland that if you want anything done in this country the way to go is People Power.

The Rise of People Power

John Molyneux If you don’t want to pay unjust water charges no amount of letter writing and debate in the Dáil or on RTE will do the trick. You have to block the installation of meters, put hundreds of thousands on the streets and refuse to pay. If you want something done about homelessness don’t […]

Protestant workers are key

Almost without exception, commentators in the North believe that the Assembly election will be a brutal contest between Unionism and Nationalism, each side choosing a champion to take on the representatives of “the other side.”

Protestant workers are key

Thus, Sinn Fein and the SDLP fight for the right to represent the Green voters, while the DUP and the Ulster Unionists clash over who’s to lead the charge for Orangeism – and People Before Profit is told that we are “not living in the real world” when we pitch our message to people in […]

Eamonn McCann asks:Who is Hillary Clinton?

Eamonn McCann asks:Who is Hillary Clinton?

Who is Hillary Clinton? Hillary Clinton isn’t so much the lesser of two evils as the evil of two lessers. Neither she nor Trump nor the two of them together would capture the imagination of a semi-aware audience. This is not to sneer at Americans. There is no reason to believe they are any more […]

Fidel Castro dies

Fidel Castro dies

    Millions of radicals, leftists, socialists and anti-imperialists around the world will be saddened by the announcement of the death of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, at the age of 90. He will, obviously, be particularly mourned in much of Latin America, Africa and other parts of the ‘third world’ that […]

Who are the Populists?

Who are the Populists?

  In politics there’s always something to be learned from the names you are called by your opponents.   A few weeks ago the label of choice for the serious left, primarily the Anti-Austerity Alliance –People Before Profit, was ‘the Trots’ i.e. followers of the Russian revolutionary, Leon Trotsky. Then it was ‘extremists’ in contrast […]

What’s wrong with conspiracy theories

What’s wrong with conspiracy theories

    Five years ago I wrote an article (reproduced below) about the prevalence of ‘conspiracy theories’ on the fringes of the left in Ireland and elsewhere.   Events of recent weeks – especially the election of Donald Trump, but also the war in Syria and Russia’s bombing of Aleppo – have shown that a […]

Is there a squeezed middle?

Is there a squeezed middle?

We’ve been hearing a lot about the ‘squeezed middle’ recently and my guess is we will hear a good deal more. Why? Because the notion of a squeezed middle is very convenient for the government, the rich and the media commentators who basically support the status quo. What it does is suggest a) that the […]

Gerry Carroll MLA says: BDS-We have to keep up pressure

Gerry Carroll MLA says: BDS-We have to keep up pressure

UEFA’s recent attempt to ban Celtic fans from flying Palestine flags at their home leg of the club’s Champions League tie with Hapoel Tel-Aviv and the recent meeting of Sinn Féin with representatives of the Likud party have once again brought the question of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel to the fore. At […]

Eamonn McCann MLA says: Saudi From Saville To Chilcot- Protecting Those On Top

From Saville to Chilcot. Eamonn McCann, MLA argues that in the end both reports have protected those at the top.

Eamonn McCann MLA says: Saudi From Saville To Chilcot- Protecting Those On Top

From Saville to Chilcot. Eamonn McCann, MLA argues that in the end both reports have protected those at the top. The Chilcot Report into the Iraq war and the Saville Report into Bloody Sunday have a lot in common. Chilcot was published to on July 6th. Many were taken aback by the sharp tone of […]

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