Brid Smith says: Water charges – a victory for the people.

The establishment politicians are raging about it and so are many of the commentators and pundits in the media, but they can’t do anything about it. The fact is that on water charges the people have won.

Brid Smith says: Water charges – a victory for the people.

The establishment politicians are raging about it and so are many of the commentators and pundits in the media, but they can’t do anything about it. The fact is that on water charges the people have won. Remember ‘Big’ Phil Hogan, the Fine Gael bully. He was going to charge us all five or six […]

State, Law and the Guards

One of the key ideas, tenaciously defended by the entire political establishment and ALL the mainstream media is that the law courts, the judges and the police are neutral.

State, Law and the Guards

One of the key ideas, tenaciously defended by the entire political establishment and ALL the mainstream media is that the law courts, the judges and the police are neutral. By ‘neutral’ they mean above or independent of politics, above or independent of social classes and above or independent of all interest groups. They simply enforce […]

Socialism #1.01 Learning from Tescos

The magnificent strike by Tesco’s workers forced management to back down, at least temporarily and we hope permanently, on their threat to unilaterally impose changes in working conditions.

Socialism #1.01  Learning from Tescos

Following on from the victories by the LUAS drivers and Dublin Bus drivers this proves that strong industrial action works. The solidarity and commitment of the Tescos workers was outstanding. They are all low paid workers but they took action on a principle in defense of their fellow workers, understanding that an injury to one […]

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 […]

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