Socialist Democracy

Covid-19 Inquiry exposes Stormont (again)


The recent examination of Stormont’s pandemic response by the UK’s Covid-19 Inquiry panel was a damning indictment of the devolved institutions.  Three weeks of hearings in Belfast, in which politicians and public officials faced questioning, laid bare the dysfunction and incompetence within local government.  While the antics of politicians at Stormont are often a cause for ridicule, the consequences of these, in the context of a pandemic, were extremely serious.   (read more)

Correspondence: poverty in the six counties


Poverty still exists. I know this because I am “poor,” (living in poverty). And I am not the only one in this well off place. If poverty could be eradicated, we would probably need to live in a well-off society that could afford to get rid of it. Well, we can and have been capable of it for about a hundred and fifty years.  But the existence of poverty is a fact so what can be done about it?   (read more)

Britain's Brexit election


In Britain's Westminster election there was great excitement amongst the left over the decision of Jeremy Corbyn to stand as an independent candidate and around the battle to re-admit Diane Abbott as a Labour Party member and then as a candidate, but neither poses an alternative to the Starmer leadership and overall there is no comprehensive left perspective.    (read more)

Stormont's Westminster election


Amid the battles raging around the British elections and the European elections in Ireland, the North's Westminster elections are seen as a diversion, mainly significant in that they have interrupted the settling down process for the new Stormont administration. Yet they are a significant stress test, and one which the local politicians are failing.  The main interest is in the fortunes of the DUP.   (read more)

South African elections: ANC suffers historic defeat as crisis intensifies

06/06/24 (In Defence of Marxism)

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) was dealt an historic blow in last week’s general election, losing its majority for the first time since South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.The economic and social crisis that has been developing in South Africa is now being expressed on the political plane, with a period of unstable coalitions and open splits in the ruling class on the order of the day.  (read more)

Colombia: The meaning of “Never Again”


I recently read an article written by the former Colombian truth commissioner and academic at the Los Andes University, Alejandro Castillejo titled Teaching After Gaza?: Indifference Perpetuates Barbarism.(1)  As its title indicates, it deals with Gaza, but also goes over other conflicts, such as Ukraine and also the Colombian conflict itself.     (read more)


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