Yet more on The Left …… February 10, 2013Posted by irishelectionliterature in Irish Politics, The Left.
Again much to disagree with in the column. which he begins with the lines
GIVEN THE RECENT departure of the Socialist Party from the United Left Alliance (ULA) the progress of the ‘Left’ in Ireland is under the spotlight again. With the increase in issues affecting people across the country such as unemployment, poverty and deprivation, bank and mortgage debt, emigration etc, the question being asked is why is the radical left and opposition social movements espousing a ‘left-wing’ or ‘progressive’ agenda of greater equality, social justice, and democracy, not growing in Ireland ..
(as an aside one thing that struck me in Yesterdays poll was support of 32% in Dublin of Independents/Others, which must surely include a large Left vote)
and then brings us on a tour of Labour, The Household Charge and Unions before finishing on the line (and Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before)…
It is clearly time for the left to take a hard look at what it stands for.
Then just to point out something completely different written by a friend …An audio play in approximately one act set in early January, against the backdrop of the ‘Flags’ dispute in Belfast, 2012/2013