Socialist Democracy

Rushdie, J.K Rowling and Death Threats

13/08/22

On Friday 12th, an assailant attacked Salman Rushdie on stage in New York, stabbing him some 15 times. The author was whisked away by helicopter to a hospital and at the time of writing the prognosis is that he will survive though with serious injuries and the loss of an eye. The attack was met with not quite universal condemnation. Some kept silent, others compared it to the rights of drag queens in particular and trans
rights in general. They are connected but not in the way some of them think. (read more)

David Trimble obituary

01/08/22

There's an old saying; "Don't speak ill of the dead", which is generally good manners and good advice. However, commentators on the death of David Trimble, unionist leader at the time of the Good Friday Agreement, have fallen to the other side of the argument into
gushing adoration.The leader of the proto-fascist Vanguard movement, who clawed his way to the top of the Unionist Party by being to the right of everyone else, defender of Orange supremacy, allied with Loyalist killers, is now reinvented as an apostle of peace.   (read more)

Colombia: Paramilitaries, Businesses and the “Truth”

29/07/22

In 2015, Ireland introduced some of the most liberal gender self-identity laws on the globe. The implementation of those laws has worked out through Irish society and institutions largely unimpeded. In June 1922 Irish people finally found out about the implications of gender self-identity and a conversation began. The conversation did not go well for trans activists. The dispute began when the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) excluded a feminist group, The Countess, from their June AGM. (read more)

Report on Belfast homeless rally 

25/07/22

Several hundred people took part in a rally on Saturday (22/07/22) to highlight the escalating problems of homelessness and drug addiction in Belfast.  The rally was a direct response to the deaths of two young women on the streets of the city the previous week.  It was organised by a number of charities along with the Unite trade union and also had the support of victims’ relatives.  Political parties which had a presence included Sinn Fein, the SDLP, PbP and the Workers Party.   (read more)

Boris steps back, but the Tory blitzkrieg continues

10/07/22

The mass resignation of British government figures in a desperate battle to oust Boris Johnson was based on a simple narrative. Boris was a compulsive liar with an indifference to legality and the scale of his lying meant that he had discredited the Tory party and the government to such an extent that they were likely to fall with him.One candidate for the party leadership, former Health Secretary Sajid Javid, elevated the issue of integrity to a damascene conversion. A prayer meeting had opened his eyes and brought him to the point of resignation.   (read more)

A tripod of protests as unions react to low pay and high prices

05/07/22

Late June saw demonstrations in Dublin, Belfast and in London protesting the high cost of living. To some extent all represented the potential for a working-class mobilisation, but they also expressed a reluctance by trade union
leaders to strain the links with government or to consider a radical agenda. The chief area of tension lies in Britain, with rail workers moving into action and representing a direct challenge to the government.    (read more)

Videos

Gender identity ideology

Presentation by Orla Ni Chomhrai on why socialists should oppose a dogma which undermines women's rights, gay rights, free speech, and science.

18 October 2021