british left and ireland
plf13 at it.canterbury.ac.nz
Thu May 1 21:42:47 MDT 2003
> From my experience, I would say that describes the majority of their US
> supporters, although that's partially the fault of SF. Their standing
> order to their US support organisation, Irish Northern Aid, at one time was
> not to mention the S word at all.
Yeh, fair point.
And, over time, the SF/IRA leadership looked to more and more mainstream
However, I would also say that was in no small part linked to the
failure of the British left to provide much in the way of solidarity in Britain.
The high-point was the late 60s/early 70s, when Bernadette Devlin could
speak to, and get a great response, from 4,000 car workers at Ford
Dagenham in Britain. (To be fair, I think that was largely an IS
initiative.) But once the war got going, the British left got
frightened and ducked for cover.
Mass, peaceful demos in Ireland were one thing; but once the oppressed
actually started shooting back at the British state, well, that was all
a bit too much for a British left shaped by the politics of CND.
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