Local Politics

Election sees record low turnout

  Class issues dominate on doorsteps On 5 May, elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly and local councils saw the further consolidation of the two largest parties, the unionist Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the republican Sinn Féin. Their victory occurred despite the fact that these two parties, in coalition […]

30th anniversary of the death of hunger striker Bobby Sands

Thatcher’s brutal prisons regime
Reprint articles by Tony Saunois and Peter Hadden and introduction (Socialism Today, May 2011 issue)
Today, 5 May, marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands, one of seven Irish Republican Army (Provisional IRA) hunger strikers who, along with three Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) prisoners, undertook a hunger strike to the death in the then infamous H-block prison in Northern Ireland. These prisoners were protesting about the repression and conditions in the jail, and demanded political status. Margaret Thatcher and her Tory Westminster government refused to make any concessions to the prisoners.

Peter Hadden (1950-2010)

On the first anniversary of the death of Comrade Peter Hadden we republish an article he wrote in 2008 on the 20th anniversary of the killing of three IRA volunteers in Gibraltar and the subsequent events. This article is an important Marxist analysis of these events, but more than that it is a critique of the futility of IRA’s campaign of individual terror, the role of British imperialism and a confirmation that the national question in Ireland can only be resolved through the building of a mass movement for socialism based on working class unity.

Mass action needed to stop health cuts

The real effects of these cuts can be seen with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service cutting 70,000 hours from front line cover. This will affect people across the North, but will particularly hit those in rural areas that have suffered from years of cuts backs including the closure of several hospitals.

What will recession mean for women?

Women are not only over-represented in low paid jobs, 40% of working women are working part time against only 6% of men. Most of these jobs are an extension of work which women have traditionally carried out unpaid at home. The ideology of women’s second-class status – which has its roots in the development of class society thousands of years ago – has been adopted and adapted by capitalism to maintain its profits and its rule.

Royal Mail: Action needed to stop privatisation

Peter Mandelson’s plans to sell off 30% of Royal Mail and allow for up to 49.9% to be privatised, are facing mass opposition. A recent poll carried out by the Communication Workers Union shows 75% of the public oppose privatisation.

Parades – A socialist view

Statement adopted by the Northern Regional Executive Committee of the Socialist Party

The deadlock over parades is unlikely to be broken this summer. There have already been disputes especially over the ‘Tour of the North’ and the Springfield Road. Further confrontation over Drumcree, the Ormeau Road and other contentious routes is certain to follow.