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Political Results

James Daly • April 19, 2004

Eamon McCann's cloacal obscenities are an insult to the reader, and to the subject, while his rhetoric ("lying liar") is considerably less brilliant than he obviously thinks it is.

So is his politics. His position is not Connolly (though he gives no reason for abandoning Connolly) but pure O'Casey, if not Walker. The universal abstraction "Nationalism" ("an ideology") is the enemy.

Of course leaders of national struggles may be or become opportunistic. So may leaders of class struggles. It is to a great extent a measure of the pressures of defeat.

But the seeds of the present debacle are in the internationalised bourgeois (and, in the Irish context, in effect two-nation) "conflict resolution" approach to which McCann has been such a significant contributor over the decades. Its uncritically accepted theatre is entirely six county, territorially part of the British state due to a long drawn-out process of imperialism, deceit, sectarianism, and bestial violence. McCann berates "nationalism" -- but not in its armed British and loyalist sectarian forms. The successful domination of both of these has to be accepted as normalcy. Then a six county nationalist working class must ask permission of a loyalist working class to come aboard to pursue "bread-and-butter" politics in the context of a secure United Kingdom.

The Good Friday agreement is logically and historically the result of McCann's kind of politics.





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