What’s left? The Irish Left in 2012 August 2, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, The Left.
Way back in 2008 or so I mentioned this Indymedia thread which considered numbers on the left in Ireland.
Here’s what one contributor wrote about the overall numbers per organisation.
Here’s my guess re. the existing groups. I think I’m right in my figures (corrections welcome).
REFORMIST AND NATIONALIST LEFT
Labour Party 2,000 (mostly paper members)
Sinn Fein 1,500 (many up north)
IRSP 200 (but mostly inactive ‘family’ members)
Organise 5 or 6
Socialist Party 150
Workers Party 100
Communist Party 60 to 70
And then you have a collection of little groups like the crowd around Joan Collins in Crumlin, the remnants of WCA in Cabra and Seamus Healy’s machine in Tipperary.
Overall, not very impressive, unfortunately.
There was some doubt about the precise figures, but interesting to consider if the numbers have overall ticked upwards since the crisis kicked off… Has the ULA drawn people who were not active in pre-existing formations, or who had become inactive, back into political work. And what of the CAHWT? Has that operated at all as a conveyer belt towards the political parties, of whatever flavour?
Then again, what about the travails of both the Labour Party and (and I know this is a stretch for many of us) the GP (and notable that they’re not included in the above figures?
Or let’s put it a different way. Any educated guesses as to the numbers involved in the broadest (and most generous/naive) definitions of the left and then what the numbers are in terms of more restrictive definitions? And how has the situation changed?