Tories cannot ignore Irish border question

29th November 2017 Socialist Action 0

Notes from the front of 29-11-2017

Tories cannot ignore Irish border question

The Tory government’s feigned shock and surprise that the issue of the Irish border remains a sticking-point in the Brexit negotiations is entirely fake. They have been repeatedly warned that it was one of the three key issues that need to be resolved, along with the reciprocal rights of EU and UK nationals as well as the ‘divorce bill’.

‘Independence March’ – The Unholy Alliance of the Polish Right

20th November 2017 Socialist Action 0

By Gavin Rae

The annual Independence march (Marsz Niepodległości) took place in Warsaw on 11 November. Over 60,000 people attended, some of them masked and setting off red smoke bombs. Banners were carried with slogans supporting things such as a ‘white’ Poland and Europe and against refugees and Muslims. Some demonstrators wore the Celtic cross or the pre-war fascist symbol (the falanga). Representatives of other far-right parties in Europe attended the march, with the former leader of the English Defence League, Tommy Robinson, boasting that he ‘had an amazing time with polish patriots marching against Islam’.

Trump’s tour of Asia: an emperor with no clothes

17th November 2017 Socialist Action 0

By Jude Woodward

Despite the razzamatazz of Trump’s visit to Asia, the verdict of the international news media was unanimous: the trip had simply served to underline the US’s declining influence in Asia; a decline that Trump is blamed for accelerating by ceding leadership to China on the crucial issues of contemporary geopolitics: trade, climate change, development and multilateral agreements.