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    Default SP perspective on the north, SF in power and move to the right

    Interesting article here by Peter Hadden, deceased, on the move to the right of SF in power and their cynical use of martyrs to the cause, like the Gibralter 3. Thought it might be useful for a discussion on the way forward for the left in the context of another thread about Bernadette McAliskey.

    http://socialistparty.net/component/...dden-1950-2010

    Sinn Fein embrace capitalism

    They now openly, enthusiastically and energetically embrace the market and capitalism. A reminder of this dropped through the doors along with their Gibraltar supplement. On the front page of their accompanying newspaper, alongside a picture of Gerry Adams, was an article quoting a speech he gave to a special West Belfast business coffee morning on 14 February: "So let me be very clear Sinn Fein is not anti-business. We are pro business. Sinn Fein want to see businesses thrive. We want to see investment in areas like West Belfast, which have been deliberately neglected for so long." This is Sinn Fein 2008. It is a far cry from the image of struggle they can now only project by reminding people of how things were twenty years ago.

    Before they proposed to hold a meeting to celebrate Mairead Farrell’s life in Stormont’s Long Gallery, there was one question that Sinn Fein should have, but did not ask. This was not whether their DUP ministerial colleagues would decide to be offended by the idea. The real question that needed to be posed was this - would Mairead Farrell have wanted to have her life celebrated in that venue? Or put differently, would she have considered the presence of Sinn Fein ministers in a right wing Northern Ireland administration, alongside their one time political nemesis, the DUP, worth the sacrifice of prison, hunger strike and Gibraltar?

    Mairead Farrell’s comments when she was released from Armagh women’s prison in 1986 suggests that she would have answered negatively. Commenting on what the struggle, for her, was about, she said: "I’m a socialist definitely and I’m a Republican. I believe in a united Ireland: a united socialist Ireland, definitely socialist. Capitalism provides no answer at all for our people, and I think that’s the Brits’ main interest in Ireland."
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    Default Re: SP perspective on the north, SF in power and move to the right

    Despite other changes, the tribal thing is still skewing elections in the north and I'd say there were a great number of people who voted SF today who are far from happy with their direction on a variety of policies including their rejection of socialism but they're not going to risk a vote for PBP in case a Unionist benefits.

    The Shinners argue that the nature of Stormont and the block grant make things difficult for them and whilst it's still themmuns and ussuns scenario, SF will keep getting away with whatever they do.
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    Happened to call over to see a friend tonight and asked her had she voted, she comes from a solid working class Republican family and area, she didn't even register, anyone she knows is pissed with the shinners, is say SF could loose a good few votes from people not turning out, more than they would expect

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    Default Re: SP perspective on the north, SF in power and move to the right

    Quote Originally Posted by 5intheface View Post
    Despite other changes, the tribal thing is still skewing elections in the north and I'd say there were a great number of people who voted SF today who are far from happy with their direction on a variety of policies including their rejection of socialism but they're not going to risk a vote for PBP in case a Unionist benefits.

    The Shinners argue that the nature of Stormont and the block grant make things difficult for them and whilst it's still themmuns and ussuns scenario, SF will keep getting away with whatever they do.
    It really is the perfect setup to protect the establishment.

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