Tag: Daniel Waldron

Southern establishment parties offer no alternative for the North

Southern establishment parties offer no alternative for the North

There is an urgent need for a genuinely cross-community, left-wing labour force in Northern Ireland. The surge in membership of the British Labour Party locally in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership shows the potential such a party could have if the trade union movement swung its weight behind the project. However, to break through the sectarian morass, a labour alternative here will need to be both anti-sectarian and also adopt left and anti-austerity policies, rather than the failed politics of Blairism or the Irish Labour Party.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 29: Protesters carry posters against the far-right’s presidential candidate on September 29, 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The protests occurred simultaneously in several Brazilian cities, against Jair Bolsonaro, the far right’s presidential candidate. Protests included an internet campaign (#elenão and #himnot) which was joined by many women from various countries. Corinthians fans, Brazil's biggest soccer team, and other social groups also joined. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)

Bolsonaro victory poses threat to poor and oppressed

A misogynist, racist homophobe, he has been called the ‘Trump of the Tropics’. In reality, he poses a more profound threat even than Trump, partly because his own politics are more extreme but also because of the recent history of military dictatorship in the country (ending in 1985), remnants of which are still very much alive in the armed forces and other state institutions.

Labour anti-Semitism row and the war against Corbyn

Labour anti-Semitism row and the war against Corbyn

Accusations that Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite or, at least, tolerant of anti-Semitism have dominated headlines for weeks. Countless column inches and on-air discussions have been dedicated to this assault, with some Labour MPs to the fore, alongside the Tories. In reality, this controversy has little to do with concern […]

Labour relaunched NI: Opportunities must be seized

Labour relaunched NI: Opportunities must be seized

We appeal to the Labour Party to link up with Labour Alternative – initiated by the Socialist Party – and other campaigners to present the strongest cross-community, labour movement challenge possible in the local elections. The need for such an alternative is urgent. Labour must not wait.

SpyCops campaign highlights shady police practises

SpyCops campaign highlights shady police practises

The trade union movement should campaign for the abolition of all political-policing units and for genuine democratic community control of policing with transparency and accountability. However, we should have no illusions that the capitalist state is a neutral arbiter is the struggles between workers and young people and the interests of the establishment.

Cuba: Raúl Castro stands down as President Where now for the revolution?

Cuba: Raúl Castro stands down as President Where now for the revolution?

A return to capitalism, however, would not lift living standards in Cuba to those of Miami but push them down towards the poorest parts of Latin America. To defend the revolution, Cuban workers and youth must organise independently to demand popular, democratic control over the economy and society as a whole.

Anti-semitism, Salisbury, Syria – Blairites continue proxy war against Corbyn

Anti-semitism, Salisbury, Syria – Blairites continue proxy war against Corbyn

The Tory government is hanging on by the finger nails. They are weak, divided on Brexit and bouncing from crisis to crisis. The latest blow saw Amber Rudd forced to step down as Home Secretary in the wake of the Windrush scandal, which saw British Afro-Caribbean people who came to the UK decades ago as children denied benefits and services and even threatened with deportation.