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.
Rent controls needed to stop racketeering landlords The SDLP has come under attack for fielding the head of the Landlords Association of Northern Ireland as a candidate in the local elections in South Belfast. Paddy Meehan, who is standing for the Socialist Party in the Botanic ward of Belfast, accused […]
By Donal O’Cofaigh, Ban Fracking Fermanagh The recent exposure of the fact that the SDLP party membership voted down a motion calling for a ban on fracking is a disappointment to campaigners opposed to this destructive industry. The SDLP’s position has been characterised by a deep sense of political opportunism […]