(fwd from Brian Cahill) CWI organisation in Ireland
ebgeorge at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 17 11:42:48 MST 2001
Brian Cahill writes:
Just to put this one to rest. The Socialist Party is
the section of the CWI in Ireland. It is organised
on an all-Ireland basis. i.e. the same party
operates North and South. Socialist Youth, our youth
affiliate is also organised on an all-Ireland basis.
When descriptions of the actions of the CWI
internationally are given, the North and the South
are sometimes listed separately for ease of
comprehension. After all, the type of work the party
is involved in, and the social context, differs
significantly in the two areas.
Ok. Off we go to the CWI website (<http://www.worldsocialist-CWI.org/>).
Here we find in the 'The CWI in your area...', under 'Europe', 'Ireland -
North' and 'Ireland - South'. Following the links we find under the heading
of 'The CWI in Ireland (North)', 'The Socialist Party is the Northern
Ireland affiliate of the CWI. We are an all Ireland party, of which we are
the northern region' (which in plain English means having your cake and
eating it). This page has a link to a website
(<http://www.geocities.com/socialistparty/>), which describes the party
thus: 'The Socialist Party is the most active socialist group in Northern
Ireland with a long and proud history of fighting for workers unity and
socialism. We originated as the Militant Tendency within the old Northern
Ireland Labour Party and have been producing our paper since 1972. Back then
it was called Militant Irish Monthly; today it is the Socialist Voice. The
Socialist Party has branches and members across Northern Ireland, including
Belfast, Derry, Fermanagh and Mid Ulster. We operate as the northern part of
the Socialist Party in Ireland, along with our comrades in Dublin, Cork,
etc. The Southern comrades also operate a web site to explain the finer
details of their policies.'
Right. Back we go to the CWI page to look at the 'The CWI in Ireland
(North)'. We find a long speil on the political and economic situation in
the 26 counties but not one word on the north. We follow the link to the web
page: < http://www.socialistparty.net/home.html> (different web page let us
note) where we find this: 'Welcome to the Socialist Party web site. The
Socialist Party is a party campaigning in the interests of ordinary workers,
the unemployed and young people. The Socialist Party stands in the best
traditions of James Larkin and James Connolly. The former left parties of
Labour and Democratic Left have embraced the dictates of the market, they do
not represent the independent class interests of working people. The
Socialist Party believes that real campaigners and real socialists will make
a real difference. At this site, you will find the policies, campaigns,
international links and history of the Socialist Party and an introduction
to the work of our TD (member of parliament) Joe Higgins.'
And barely a word on the national question; in fact the only reference I
could find was an attack on Sinn Fein in the CWI in Ireland (North) web
page (<http://www.geocities.com/socialistparty/frameset.htm>) which ended
thus: 'Sinn Fein stand for sectarian division and are a right wing
nationalist party. They deliberately foment a triumphalist mood in Catholic
areas and a mood of uncertainty and insecurity in Protestant areas. Their
attitude to Protestant workers is deeply sectarian, regarding them as
unthinking dupes of Britain and the unionist leadership. In reality they
deny Protestants a say by deriding everything they do say; They have nothing
to offer.' This could have been written for the British Sun newspaper.
You accomodate to imperialism, comrades.
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