In spite of all the main parties, big business, the media
and even most of the trade union leaders campaigning for a "yes" vote in
yesterday's referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, the "No" won the day. This was a
slap in the face for the Irish government and the European Union bosses.
In looking back at
the Good Friday Agreement, Gerry Ruddy points out that it has served to
stabilise British rule in the North as Sinn Fein has been absorbed into the
establishment. In this situation he stresses the need for republican socialists
to focus on working class and socialist policies.
After the Easter 1916
uprising the actual class conditions that motivated the likes of James Connolly
and the trade unionists who set up the Irish Citizen's Army to battle capitalism
were written out of history. Radical ideas were demonised and Connolly's Marxism
was airbrushed from history.
It is impossible to
understand the Easter Rising without understanding the ideas of its leader,
James Connolly, who considered himself a Marxist and based himself on the ideas
of Internationalism and the class struggle. (Written by Ted Grant in 1966 on
the 50th anniversary of the uprising.) Read the article here.
leader of the Easter 1916 uprising was James Connolly. There have been many
attempts to portray him simply as an Irish nationalist. But Connolly was, first
and foremost, a militant workers' leader and a Marxist. He alone in the annals
of the British and Irish Labour Movement succeeded in developing the ideas of
Marxism. (Written in 2001 on the 85th anniversary of the uprising.) Read the article here.