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Election Comment
Irish Republican Socialist Party • 30.11.03

The election to a non-existing Assembly in the North of Ireland has it is alleged come as a shock to the British Government. It should not have done so. The Brits had discredited the political process by the almost casual way they had suspended the Assembly four times and then postponed the elections last May in a vain attempt to shore up David Trimble position. It was only logical for unionists to swing towards the DUP in these circumstances.

Sinn Fein¹s remarkable success continues. They are now the largest nationalist party but in the process of moving towards the so-called 'middle ground' has seen them shed some of their republicanism. The Gerry Adams leadership has seen an almost Blairite make over of Sinn Fein. There are many parallels between'New Labour' and New Sinn Fein such as the emergence of the spin doctors, the emerging 'educated elites' who can work the system, the shedding of old ideological beliefs, the shafting of the traditionalists, the obsession with total control and the suppression of critical thinking.

This is now what constitutes politics today. Those of us critical of that can no longer just sit on the sidelines and condemn. Now more than ever we need to take our politics and policies to the people and become involved in every struggle of the people north and south of the border. The pathetic vote the so called left candidates got shows how far divorced from the reality of working class life the left sects are. They do not uphold the banner of socialism. Rather they discredit it.



















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Index: Current Articles

30 November 2003


Other Articles From This Issue:


Anthony McIntyre


Special Election Coverage:


Ignore the Headlines

Tom Luby


Doing Well for Themselves Alone
Mick Hall


Our Day Has Come...
Liam O'Comain


Paying the Price
Anthony McIntyre


Sinn Féin Advances Enhances Process
Fr. Sean Mc Manus, INC


'RSF satisfied with outcome - time to consider alternatives'

Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, Republican Sinn Féin


Poll Result Highlights Flawed Agreement
Andy Martin, 32 CSM


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28 November 2003


Where Two or Three Shall Gather...
Liam O Ruairc


Julian Robertson Interviewed

Anthony McIntyre


From the Franklin River to the Chalillo Dam
Toni Solo


Rafah Today
Mohammad Omer




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