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Socialist Democracy Bulletin - July 2020
The New National Government
A government for the 33rd Dail
A government for the 33rd Dail was announced in Dublin on Saturday the 27th of June, made up of Fianna Fail,  Fine Gael 
and the Green Party.  Despite their protestations and a large popular vote, Sinn Fein were excluded.  (read more)

The fall of the informal National  Government 
In looking at the collapse of the last government of national unity we have to look at the underlying contradictions it failed to 
resolve.  All attempts by the Irish State at papering over the cracks had arrived at the bottom of a cul de sac. (read more)

Programme for Government - Austerity with a green tinge! 
That the proposed Programme for Government (PfG) - agreed by the leaderships of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Green Party 
following weeks of negotiations - could be hailed as “progressive”, “transformative” and a major advance for the environmental 
movement really speaks to the utter dishonesty of what passes for political commentary in Ireland.  (read more)

The Green Party's Not so Green Manifesto 
In the programme for government, agreed by Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the Greens, the Green Party has made huge 
compromises in their already modest programme in keeping with their perspective on gaining influence. (read more)

Ireland’s alternative left government
What is the socialist strategy for intervening in a period of intense class tension?For the reformist left in Ireland, it is to 
build a left government, with Sinn Fein as the major component. What?  Sinn Fein?  Aren't they in a colonial administration 
in the North of Ireland?  In coalition with the far right Democratic Unionist Party?   (read more)
Coronavirus / Covid-19 pandemic 
Socialist Democracy Statement on Coronavirus pandemic - 28/03/20
The sick and dying economic system that systematically degraded the global environment has taken a life threatening seizure. 
They are trying to manage that collapse in their own interests no matter what the cost to the old, the poor and the oppressed of 
the world. The capitalists, fearing for the security of their inhumane system, cynically attempt to turn this disaster to their own 
advantage so they can ensure that any money spent today can be extracted from the workers when the virus subsides.  (read more)

Coronavirus  pandemic - a deepening health and economic crisis  - 28/07/20 
While there may be a perception (one that has certainly been encouraged by political and business leaders) that the worst of the 
pandemic is over the most recent evidence points to a crisis that - in terms of both health and the economy - is actually 
deepening rather than easing.   (read more)

Germany leads the way out of Lockdown with a Coronavirus Riot  - 22/06/20 
You could say that Germany was better prepared to deal with the coronavirus emergency because of its industry and science.  
Being better prepared is one thing staying the course over a length of time is another thing altogether.   (read more)

Correspondence: Right wing governments' and the pandemic  - 05/06/20 
It seems that the more right wing the government the worse they handle the pandemic.The United States and Britain's slow 
response  and lack of action especially at the beginning of the wave of infections are indicative of ideological conflicts between 
their individualist philosophy and that of the collective.   (read more)

Coronavirus Update! Two Important Reveals - 22/05/20 
Two of the nagging questions surrounding the development of the coronavirus have been answered this week in so far as such 
queries can be cleared up. The queries cover the extent of the spread of the viral infection through the general population and the 
extent to which a previously infected person has acquired immunity.   (read more)

Department of Health's Statement on Vitamin D - 21/05/20 
The Department of Health's statements have become a regular feature of the British Government response to the coronavirus 
pandemic, the making of assertions and the dispensing of advice while paying no regard to what others, meaning non-British 
scientists and experts, have been saying and doing.   (read more)

Unionism’s silent shift on the pandemic - 16/05/20 
In the general fog a significant but silent shift has taken place in Ulster Unionism. Arlene Foster, the Democratic Unionist Party’s 
leader, alongside Sinn Fein’s Michelle O'Neill, announced a five-point plan for a gradual emergence from the restrictions imposed 
by Covid-19.  (read more)

Protest, class conflict and Covid 19 - 06/05/20 
The hypocritical mantra that 'we are all in this together' is slowly being replaced by the equally false concern for the working class 
and the small businesses not considered 'essential' who need 'help' to return to work.  (read more)

Ideology and Science - 05/05/20 
It has been reported by the Sunday Times newspaper that Sir David King a former Chief Scientific Advisor to the British Government is 
to set up an alternative scientific advisory group to the current one. The alternative advisory group are to go online with their recommendations 
and conduct open access conversations with the best scientists willing to participate in democratic debate  (read more)

Stormont fails on workers safety - 28/04/20 
The publication of an essential workers list by the Stormont Executive has displayed once again its inability to offer any protection 
to the working class in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Such a list had been promised after protests by workers over unsafe conditions 
at a number of food processing plants.  (read more)

Big Pharma in Ireland - 24/04/20 
Capitalism is in crisis but the intensity of that crisis is not evenly spread across all sectors. Some will do well out of it in the medical 
and pharmaceutical industries and as the race for a vaccine heats up the bourgeois press boasts of the power of capitalism to defeat 
the disease. (read more)

Covid-19 pandemic cracks facade of unity at Stormont - 16/04/20 
The declarations of a new found approach and unity of purpose that accompanied the restoration of the Stormomt Executive 
in January have quickly given way to the well worn rhetoric and operating methods that accounted for the demise of its 
predecessor. (read more)

Ireland's rump government plan for survival after Covid 19 lockdown - 15/04/20 
Many of the major issues of Irish society, claimed by the government to be insoluble because of the lack of a money tree, 
disappeared overnight. An army of homeless were ushered into empty hotels. For the first time in its history the Irish state conjured 
up a national health service by renting the large private sector.  (read more)

Correspondence: Coronavirus Testing: Some Facts about Germany - 12/04/20
Many European Governments have been slow to begin testing for the prevalence of the coronavirus. It is common sense to see that 
no rational social policy can be enacted without a good awareness of the extent of the spread of the virus within 
the population.  (read more)

Correspondence: The Trivial Matter of Naming Things! - 08/04/20
When a mysterious disease was reported in Wuhan in late December 2019, the cause of the disease was found to be a novel corona 
virus, on 11th February the World Health Organization announced that the official name of the disease would be Covid -19. This is 
not the formal medical name.  (read more)

Europe and the pandemic - 09/04/20
At first sight the Covid-19 pandemic and the conjoined economic crisis seem to support the picture from classical economics 
of an external shock upsetting an otherwise stable system. The evidence does not support that theory. The global economy did 
not recover from the 2008 credit crunch.  (read more)

Covid-19 walkouts - 08/04/20
The callous self interest of companies determined to carry on without taking even the most basic of precautions against the 
Coronavirus has produced a response by workers worried about infection. The demands that are being raised by these workers 
are in line with the recommendations made by health professionals worldwide on cleaning and hygiene.   (read more)

Correspondence: Corona Virus Testing Flawed but necessary  - 05/04/20
There is still no capacity available in any country in the world to carry out a thorough and accurate mass testing. One thing that 
might be useful is to use the new anti-body test to survey the population.   (read more)

Correspondence: ‘Test Test Test’ should mean Mass Testing! - 28/03/20
As all manner of right-wing Governments take on emergency powers to control the virus pandemic, powers that they may never 
relinquish, the alternative to police State lockdowns is being ignored.  (read more)

Correspondence: The Corona Virus, Not just A Moral Panic - 14/03/20
When social and political commentators first began to take notice of the Covid 19 viral infection the typical response was that it was 
no more than another 'moral panic' brought on by social media and the fake news and rumour that is part and parcel of the internet. 
The typical 'sophisticate' scorned the medical scare mongers.  (read more)


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