What underpins Sinn Féin’s rise in the southern Irish state

17th February 2012 Socialist Action 0

By Frances Davis

Almost one year on from the general election in the southern Irish state, which saw the crushing defeat of the Fianna Fáil government and the election of a Fine Gael/Labour coalition, the Irish economy remains in deep crisis. Implementing the same austerity policies as the previous government, the devastating impact on living standards continues, in parallel to the effect of similar Tory policies in Britain.

Photo: Christina Kekka

Solidarity with the people of Greece

14th February 2012 Socialist Action 0

The Coalition of Resistance and the People’s Charter are appealing for support for a campaign against the extreme ‘austerity’ measures being imposed on the Greek population.

The statement, set out below, should be given widespread backing and can be signed here.

After Libya: Syria, counterrevolution and Counterfire

6th February 2012 Socialist Action 0

By Andrew Williams

The veto, by Russia and China, of a US-backed UN Security Council resolution aimed at giving cover to stepped up imperialist intervention in Syria has made this more difficult. But this setback will not stop the offensive of the US and the other imperialists, backed by Israel, to overthrow Syria’s government.

Hester’s bonus and Goodwin’s knighthood – hue and cry conceals the real scandal

1st February 2012 Socialist Action 0

By Jane West

While it is welcome that Stephen Hester, CEO of the publicly-owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has been forced to forego his grotesquely inflated bonus – and that his predecessor Fred ‘the Shred’ Goodwin has been stripped of his knighthood – the truth is the whole furore has been used to divert attention from the most central issue and real scandal relating to the banks.