So what is PESCO when it’s at home? You can be forgiven for not knowing.
PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation ) is something the government deliberately quietly and quickly rushed through the Dail with intention , as far as possible of avoiding public scrutiny and debate.
Even the name is designed to hide what it is really about. PESCO really means an EU army or perhaps ‘Towards an EU Army’. The top Eurocrats like EU Commission president Jean Claude Juncker have long wanted an EU army. In March 2015 he said that “a common European army would convey a clear message […]
Crowds of young people at Glastonbury this year have been spontaneously erupting into chants of ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn!’
Nothing so symbolises the political earthquake brought about by Jeremy Corbyn’s dramatic campaign in the recent British general election. Crowds of young people at a music festival chanting the name of a sixty eight year old white male Labour politician! This is unprecedented – more normal would be to be booed or ignored. Indeed there […]
Fascist Marine Le Pen and banker Emmanuel Macron go through to the second round of the French Presidential election.
(Picture: Fascist Front National leader Marine Le Pen) Report from Catherine Curran Vigier, of the New Anti-Capitalist Party After an incredible election campaign, dominated by revelations about the corruption of the right wing candidate François Fillon and the fascist Front National leader Marine Le Pen, the Nazi candidate finally made it through to the second […]
The ban on burkinis in some French towns, introduced in August, continues to cause controversy. Photos of armed police forcing a Muslim woman to remove her burkini on a beach caused justified anger around the world. Despite widespread support for the ban from many prominent politicians – including the prime minister Manuel Valls and former […]
Last month’s Apple judgement strikes at the heart of Irish capitalism. Since the late 1950s, Irish policy makers have used incredibly low corporation tax rates to encourage foreign companies to invest here. Since the 1990s, this policy has increasingly meant offering the Irish Financial Services Centre (IFCS) as a global hub for tax evasion. Ireland […]
Jeremy Corbyn is clearly heading for victory in the British Labour leadership election. All the signs suggest he has an unassailable lead over his challenger Owen Smith and will probably win by a landslide. This is despite truly extraordinary attempts by the anti-Corbyn Labour NEC to suspend, expel and refuse to register huge numbers of […]
How we could spend €13,000,000,000: Build 86,000 council houses and solve the housing crisis or Build 20 new hospitals at €650m per hospital Create tens of thousands of jobs in the process But our government refuses to do any of these things. Instead it is going to spend public money on a legal appeal to […]
Read the newspapers’ reporting on the state elections in Berlin and they are all about the defeat of Merkel (because her stand on refugees) and the rise of the far-right semi-fascist, AfD. In fact the party in first place was the SPD (social democrats) with 38 seats (21%), second was Merkel’s CDU with 31 seats […]
The economic and political impact of the Brexit vote is enormous, by any reckoning. Marnie Holborow looks at it's implications.
The economic and political impact of the Brexit vote is enormous, by any reckoning. Marnie Holborow looks at it’s implications. The UK, the EU and Ireland face a political crisis, a possible recession and a period of prolonged uncertainty. With Remain votes in Scotland and Northern Ireland, there is likely to be a second Scottish […]
In the wake of the Leave vote in Britain author and socialist activist John Molyneux breaks down the class nature of the vote.
In the wake of the Leave vote in Britain author and socialist activist John Molyneux breaks down the class nature of the vote. The UK as a whole voted 51.9% to 48.1% to leave the EU on a 72% turnout. In geographical terms the basic facts of the vote were as follows: Scotland voted 62% […]