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Labour in Irish History revisited

Ireland convulsed by economic crisis and savage austerity cuts – Time to reconnect with Connolly’s socialist ideas

James Connolly was a great Marxist thinker and workers’ leader in Ireland, Scotland and the US. He was executed by the British state for his key role in the 1916 Easter rising in Dublin. Since then, Connolly’s ideas of international, working-class unity and socialism have been distorted by those wishing to link him with their banner. 2010 marks the centenary of the publication of his landmark book, ’Labour in Irish History’. As Ireland today undergoes economic crisis and savage austerity cuts, North and South, it is time to reconnect Connolly to the ideas he put forward in this his most important book.

Tribute to John Macreadie

The Socialist Party (England & Wales) is saddened to learn of the death on 22 December of lifelong Militant/Socialist Party member, John Macreadie.

John died of a brain tumour which he had been fighting for two years. John will be remembered as a committed socialist and advocate of socialist ideas, a courageous class fighter and a militant leader in his work for the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) and the wider trade union and labour movement.

2011: A year of sharpening struggle

2010 – The most tumultuous year for two decades

Peter Taaffe, General Secretary of the Socialist Party (CWI England and Wales), reviews the developments and events of 2010 in Britain and worldwide, and looks forward to further struggles in 2011. This article will also be published in the first issue of The Socialist (weekly paper of Socialist Party) in 2011. 2010 was socially and politically unrecognisable compared to 2009. This was undoubtedly the most tumultuous year for over two decades, particularly in Britain. The British general election took place a mere seven months ago yet, such is the speed and sweep of events, that now we almost live in a ‘different country’. From the moment of their installation the Con-Dems – with the ‘Fib Dems’ selling their ‘principles’ for the lure of office – have been under siege.

Privatisation and cuts to blame for water crisis


The crisis surrounding NI Water (NIW) that unfolded over Christmas rocked the Assembly Executive. While the Socialist Party has been vindicated in warning this type of fiasco would occur as a result of the creation of NI Water and the process of privatisation of the water service, we take no pleasure from the suffering it caused to thousands of ordinary people. The Socialist Party has consistently argued that the back-door privatisation of the service via Public Private Partnerships (PPP) greatly increased the potential for such a crisis.