On 14th October 2017, our comrade Hilary Coleman lost her short battle with cancer and passed away peacefully at the Marie Curie Hospice in East Belfast with her husband Ciaran Crossey, her daughter Nicola and other family members at her bedside. On the 17th October, Hilary’s family, friends and comrades gathered to say farewell and to celebrate her life.
The Russian revolution has been distorted by an army of historians and commentators. For socialists, however, it remains one of the greatest events in human history, when working-class people took power into their own hands and abolished capitalism and landlordism.
With monotonous predictability the centenary of the Russian revolution has led to an outpouring of bile – not aimed in the main at the ‘acceptable’ February revolution – but at October. A cacophony of slander is attempting to drown out the real history of the October revolution.
The Blairite wing of the Labour Party, having been weakened by the general election result, has been using the issue of a ‘soft Brexit’ as their main lever to organise against Corbyn. At the behest of the capitalist class they are openly collaborating with pro-EU big business MPs in all parties, including the Tory Party. If it is not countered Starmer’s announcement will be a significant victory for these pro-capitalist, neo-liberal forces.
In Dublin at the end of June, seven defendants – the first of three groups – were found not guilty of falsely imprisoning then Deputy Prime Minister and Labour leader Joan Burton during a spontaneous, community protest against austerity in the working class community of Jobstown in November 2014.