In solidarity?

Joe Higgins, Irish Socialist Party MEP, is sponsoring a march and rally in Dublin as part of a ‘Europe-wide week of solidarity and protest’ something he initiated within his European political group (nothing arranged north of the border that I can see). The poster advertising it states the rally has been endorsed by; Socialist Party, Workers Party, Socialist Workers Party, PBP, Right to Work, Workers Solidarity Movement, éirígí, Irish Socialist Network and Socialist Democracy.

Sinn Féin are not noted as endorsing the event, which is slightly odd given the logo of their political group in Europe, GUE/NGL, is displayed on the poster indicating the group is providing some form of support.

It is also notable on the letter signed by 15 GUE/NGL MEPs calling for the week of protest SF’s Bairbre de Brún is not listed as a signatory.

Of course the confederal nature of the GUE/NGL means not all members are bound by any single decision but it seems a little unusual that SF aren’t supporting this kind of initiative. Unless some of the calls could lead to difficulties for SF members who may eventually be tasked with implementing British budget cuts in the north of Ireland? Or they may just be very late in signing up?

Workers must not pay for the crisis – Make the super rich and bankers pay

Solidarity with the Greek workers and for the unity of working people across Europe.

No to cutbacks, wage cuts, unemployment and increases in the retirement age

No to privatisation of public services

End the dictatorship of the financial markets, credit ratings institutions and the IMF

Stop the bailouts of the banks – nationalise the banks and financial institutions in the interests of working people

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  • Bubbler

    I asee Rafa Benitez has allowed his image to be used on the poster…

  • Cynic

  • medillen

    There would have been no issue with Sinn Fein putting their name to this, in my view, is there a bit of messing going on from Joe and some of the others listed, I wonder?

  • Mark McGregor

    medillen,

    As this came about through a GUE/NGL meeting I can’t see what ‘messing’ Joe could get up to. Especially as many of the named MEPs and their staffers would be very friendly with the shinners.

  • tuppence

    15 MEPS out of 35 signed off.

    Notable that over 20 of their MEPS didnt sign.

  • Cynic
  • Mark McGregor

    Domhnall Ó Cobhthaigh has informed me the letter was sent to Bairbre de Brún by Higgins but no reply was received.

    tuppence,

    20 may not have signed but of the 13 nations represented in GUE/NGL only 3 did not endorse in some form; the Czechs, Spanish and SF (representing Britain in European terms).

    Most of the parties, 10 from 17, had at least one member sign.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    At some point the ‘left’ got in a muddle about socialism somehow believing that Marx suggested that you can keep on consuming wealth that does not actually exist.

  • Put Sinn Fein to one side.

    The implication here is that Higgins, SWP et al are socialist.

  • http://www.wsws.org/articles/2010/mar2010/aerl-m23.shtml

    :Trade unions pepared the way for mass sackings at Aer Lingus

  • Cynic

    Her day off?

  • Cynic

    …. and the alternative was what exactly? Close it down? Perhaps the Irish people could continue to pay its staff salaries while losing another fortune?

  • Alias

    “Stop the bailouts of the banks – nationalise the banks and financial institutions in the interests of working people.”

    Classic. Nationalisation would be a 100% bail-out, converting 440 billion of debt owed to external financial markets into sovereign debt, thereby ensuring that taxpayers pay more taxes to pay to financial markets and have less disposable income.

  • Alias

    Incidently, that total external debt is 1.67 trillion euros, so if he wants to nationalise the markets as well as the banks then he really wants to ensure that the workers work the rest of their lives as serfs to external lenders.

  • Babeuf

    Mark note that in the parties that signed off the two biggest, most militant and active Communist Parties and members of GUE/NGL did not – PCP, KKE In fact, these are two parties principally engaged in the European ‘unrest’ at the moment, and outside Ireland, probably faced with the biggest problems.

    Can you explain that?

  • Cynic

    A new Irish Socialist version of the Internationale

    The peoples’ flag
    Is deepest red
    Were all in debt above our head
    Our balance sheets are weighted down
    The Euro soon worth half a crown
    But I’m OK, I sold before
    And moved my money all offshore

  • Alias

    Very good. And the collapse of the euro against the dollar is great news for those of use who have US income. 😉

  • The whole idea of capitalism is: if it fails it goes…

    The biggest problem has been AIB and when you dissect their debts. Ireland appears to have bailed out some very rich people, who mysteriously owe billions.

    Socialism has always been a pretty mixed bag. I mean you have to close your eyes take a deep breath and enter Alice in Wonderland to believe modern SF are socialists…

  • Cynic

    ” The whole idea of capitalism is: if it fails it goes…”

    Not strictly true. If it fails the assets are almost always redistributed to a more productive / efficient user

  • Ceist

    that presumably would be the Red Flag you’re trying to parody there – which was written by an irish socialist

    http://webpages.dcu.ie/~sheehanh/jc-bio.htm

  • Framer

    Who did not believe in the bubble (except the Trots who believe everything presages a crisis in capitalism, or hope it does)?

    As the Dublin report today says Ireland’s excesses “reflected an international flight from reality”. Even the IMF did not spot anything looming.

    Cuts in public sector pay should be supported by trade unions as they avoid redundancies while cuts in capital projects (easy for civil servants to effect) mean reduction in employment opportunities for working people (men in particular, and migrants).

  • Aspro

    @Alias: “Classic. Nationalisation would be a 100% bail-out, converting 440 billion of debt owed to external financial markets into sovereign debt, thereby ensuring that taxpayers pay more taxes to pay to financial markets and have less disposable income”

    You missed the key point of the statement. Nationalise the banks and financial institutions IN THE INTERESTS OF WORKING PEOPLE. The type of nationalisation applied is vital. The bank nationalisations worldwide have not fundamentally changed the nature or structures of these institutions – they still exist to maximise profit. What is needed is an entirely different type of nationalisation – nationalisation under democratic workers’ control. This means bringing the industry’s workers and the society at large to the heart of the control and management of these nationalised enterprises. Also the idea that all debts must be paid, which is the underlying argument for the bailout and for the pumping of huge sums into Anglo in particular, is false. Capitalism is meant to be all about the risk, that’s what is meant to drive the entrepreneurial spirit and economic progress… The bailout just shows what a joke that idea is. The land owners, the builders, the Irish banks and their international creditors are all up to their necks in it. They amassed huge personal fortunes when things were in the up, now they want to save themselves of the risk by socialising the losses. The international creditors should be left hanging. They took their risks. They lost.

  • Greenflag

    ‘If it fails the assets are almost always redistributed to a more productive / efficient user’

    Right – Bernie Madoff etc etc etc etc etc assuming of course that the eh ‘mislaid ‘ assets are ever seen again and are not buried in a Swiss bank vault ;(

  • Greenflag

    ‘The international creditors should be left hanging’

    Thats right but by their heels from the nearest lampost with a bucket for their decapitated heads .

    Our ‘Irish ‘ bankers and official regulators , lead politicians and their American and British equivalents should however not be treated so harshly . They should be left hanging merely by the neck from the nearest lampost minus the bucket and in such a position that their legs are at least four feet from the pavement !!

    ‘The bailout just shows what a joke that idea is.’

    True generally -but it seems that the banks and builders etc are not incapable of hanging each other in the hope that one or other will be hanged last . Rats in an overcrowded sewer probably have higher ethical standards than some of these bastards ;(

  • Greenflag

    Anyone remeber George Glee and Michael Faginton ;)?

    http://www.theemergency.ie/category/media-clips/

  • Greenflag

    Sorry -it’s all very straightforward my dear ;)?

    http://www.theemergency.ie/media/youve-gotta-have-a-pension-or-three.mp3

  • Cynic

    You are absolutely right. A temporary brainstorm. I was so inspired by this news that i mixed up my socialist anthems.