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(en) Ireland, Organise! Working Class Resistance #8 - Welcome to 2005

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Date Tue, 15 Feb 2005 12:20:24 +0100 (CET)

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Welcome to 2005 and issue eight of WCR, published amid what can only be
described as the latest round of the spectacle that is ‘politics’ in the north.
From the brink of a ‘historic breakthrough’ at Leeds Castle and the ‘possibility’
of a joint Sinn Fein/DUP administration, to the collapse of that ‘potential
breakthrough’ over the Polaroid too far affair, the Northern Bank robbery, the
UDA attempts to blackmail themselves out of existence, the aside that was
President McAleese comparing northern prods to nazis on holocaust memorial day, and now the recent statement from the Ra telling us all their guns are no longer on the table. Sure its been an eventful couple of months
in the world of ‘politics’ hasn’t it?
And what of this downward helter-skelter from those briefly hopeful days
(where they?) before the Leeds Castle talks? Sinn Fein and the DUP in a well
choreographed performance uttered utterances we never thought we’d have
believed and in the end didn’t have to. The DUP pushed it a Polaroid too far,
demanding photographic evidence of decommissioning - giving the Ra a get out
clause and allowing them to claim indignation at this latest proposed
humiliation. Or perhaps they knew it just wasn’t going to happen at all.

Then came that bank robbery and a lot of hot air and recrimination. Evidence?
Whether it’s blaming the PIRA or disgruntled securocrats and loyalist elements
no-one seems to need it. And then there was the momentary distraction of the
President of Ireland telling us anti-Semitism and the holocaust were like the
hatred of Catholics taught in schools in the north. Of course the Orange Order
and DUP accepted her apology (we’re not sure about the teachers though). No
mention of the role of a predecessor of Mary’s censoring of news reports of
the holocaust in the southern media at the time and his official condolences
to the remains of the Nazi regime on Hitler's death from Mary though.

But really what is this all about? We are bombarded with this shite and told
it is politics.

Meanwhile a migrant woman is sacked, ends up homeless as a result of a work
permit system that inhumanly sees her as a commodity owned by the employer,
and suffers the loss of both feet after getting frost bite. We are being told
investment is coming but in reality we’re having the shirts ripped from off
our backs. Rates and water charges are to go up and none of these politicians
give a shit that we are already the poorest region in Ireland or the UK. A
direct rule Minister threatens water service workers with law suits and the
sack over planned industrial action while ‘our’ MLAs draw their much higher
wages for continuing to pretend they do anything.

Paying the bills, poverty, exploitation and hardship are the real issues
confronting us in our day to day lives. We need to begin to fight for ourselves.

We can of course trust the politicians, local and ‘mainland’, to be treating
us all to yet another spectacle in the run up to the General Election, and
maybe one or two between now and then. Don’t be taken in by their bull, don’t
be distracted from the real issues, but most of all fight back.

Promote self help, mutual aid and solidarity... help build the confidence
necessary to take the class war to the bosses. The water charges and other
attacks mark the terrain of the battle field at present. This is real politics
not spectacle.


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