Trotskyite politics is the closest you can get to honest to goodness soap opera. Dont believe me, just read Splintered Sunrise.
It seems the Irish SWP feels left out by the storylines coming from Trot central across the sea and has a spinoff in the making.
Many of the leads are unknown having usually only publicly appeared in other programmes like; People Before Profit, Anti-racism Network, NI Anti-Poverty Network, Anti-war Movement and Anti-Water charges – never before as SWP actors.
The story is barely fleshed out and the players are currently silent on their roles but it seems the Dublin based producers wanted a young star to have an opportunity of going head to head in primetime West Belfast while the local programmers thought he had no proven ability to captivate an audience and hadnt put in the preparation required when expecting the limelight.
So the local programmers have walked and seem intent on setting up a competing drama leaving the intellectual rights to many of their previous projects firmly in the hands of controllers they have rejected.
It remains to be seen if programming in the NW will be affected by this interruption in transmission.
Tune in next week..
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