[Marxism] Have Irish workers and peasants defeated the Lisbon treaty?

Darren Cogavin darrencogavin at gmail.com
Fri Jun 13 08:52:32 MDT 2008

Peasants? We call them farmers here Johannes. Folks like my dad would give
you a kicking for saying that!

Reminds me of a story about the Hoxhaists who ran a candidate in a rural
constituency along the border during the seventies. The candidate met two
farmers turning the hay during a canvass and told them of his support for
the "national liberation struggle", which resonated with people in the
area. With the farmers lending their ears, the candidate, obviously
a student from the city, then made the mistake of referring to the
local farmer community as "peasants". The farmers didn't take kindly to this
and chased him down the boreen.

The political establishment have now conceded they have lost the referendum.
The Irish people, including a majority of workers, have struck a temporary
blow against neo-liberalism which has become the dominant paradigm in the
EU over the past decade. Another notable factor was widespread opposition to
increased militarisation, though the left were too timid to raise Irish
troops supplementing French imperialism in Chad. To borrow a platitude from
our former Prime Minister, "A *Lot Done*, *More To Do"*

Here's an early report from an Irish socialist based in New Zealand -

I'll post more reports as they're published.


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