The armed struggle is over. Class struggle is the only
option. Those who ignore the class question and stand alone on their
â€œrepublican principlesâ€ stand condemned to remain in splendid isolation. We now
live in different times and the old certainties now no longer hold. We all on
the left need to forget our petty differences and become relevant to the lives
of the working classes in Ireland
while keeping alive our vision of socialism.
The following speech was delivered by a representative of
the Republican Socialist Youth Movement Ard Comhairle at the national Republican
Socialist Movement Easter commemoration held in Belfast on Easter Sunday, 2007.
executive involving Sinn Fein, the DUP and others, that should emerge from last
weekâ€™s elections to Stormont, will be called on to apply the anti-working class
policies dictated from London. Socialist Republicans now face the task of
offering a class alternative.
The replacement of the old Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC)
with the PSNI has received the support of Sinn Fein leaders. This has opened up
a heated debate among Republicans on whether this is acceptable or not. Here we
provide three articles written by comrades of the Irish Republican Socialist
Party, where they explain why Republican socialists cannot accept such a force.
Twenty five years ago British imperialism demonstrated its cold, calculating cruelty in the face of Irish Republican prisoners who felt they had no alternative but to make the ultimate sacrifice in the struggle for political rights, embarking on a hunger strike that would tragically end with their deaths. Gerry Ruddy of the Irish Republican Socialist Party has sent us an excellent and intimate analysis of those events, highlighting the need to build a revolutionary movement based on Marxism and rooted in the working class across all boundaries. Read the article on the Socialist Appeal website.
This latest of Ken Loach’s films is well crafted and well
thought. It has been thoroughly researched and really gets under the surface of
the processes and the events that helped shape the current situation on the island of Ireland.