“It doesn’t work like that,” she said, “our role as Socialists is to agitate, educate, and organise in order to build a movement communities themselves can take ownership of and lead.”
Europe requires “stable government,” and what we have learned from Greece, Portugal, and Spain is that to the European Union stable government is synonymous with right-wing neoliberal government and policies which advance the progress of the free market.
Despite almost ten years of the Irish left shouting about Capitalism in Crisis and the Paul Mason in the Guardian spouting garbage about the end of capitalism, it looks like the beast has earned its stripes again.
In spite of the heroic on-street rhetoric of Boyd Barrett and Murphy the left will be filled with left-leaning members of Sinn Féin and an assortment of independents – all without any meaningful sense of solidarity, bereft of all leadership, and – as per usual – it will be ordinary people who will be made to suffer another austerity government.
Given the long absence of either a strong or a united political left in the country Sinn Féin are likely to be the winners of the Labour Party’s meltdown, but many still feel baulkish about lending their support to a party that remains so associated with violence in the North.
If people aren’t feeling the improving effects of an economic recovery it simply isn’t right to speak of a recovery. It’s just a lie. There is no recovery for the people. There is however a recovery for the bank accounts of those who have profited from the misery of so many.
Let’s go ahead and make a prediction for 26 February. Fine Gael, spouting their obnoxious rubbish about ‘recovery,’ will make it back to government with either the class traitors Labour or some hodgepodge of rightist power-hungry independents, or a mixture of the two.