[Marxism] Ireland: What’s left after the ULA? | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Sebastian Clare sebthegooner at gmail.com
Wed May 1 01:57:19 MDT 2013


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April 29, 2013 //-- This brief report intends to outline the situation
>> within the Irish left following the slow implosion of the United Left
>> Alliance (ULA).
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> Another shitty outcome to be expected from the "Socialist Alliance" model,
> with the various sects looking only at how they can gain some petty
> advantage. I always think of this image when these projects crash and burn:
>
> http://musicsavvymom.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/dogs-playing-poker.jpg
>

That picture is, sadly, a pretty accurate representation of the various
sects' approach to the United Left Alliance.

I have been a member of the ULA since its inception in late 2010, having
been an unaligned left activist since leaving the SWP in 2006. The major
positive that may come out of the ULA is in drawing together people such as
myself, who are now attempting to keep the alliance together via the new
United Left bloc featuring the two TDs Clare Daly and Joan Collins and a
number of councillors.

If we can push on and actually attract support, while maintaining a more
cohesive and democratic organisational structure, perhaps the ULA
experiment will not have been in vain.

That is, granted, a very big 'if'.

Solidarity,
Seb



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