RUC/PSNI Guardians of the Ruling Class and MI5 Puppets
Despite the near daily appearance on local news programmes in the north of Ireland of supposedly family-friendly, jovial PSNI ‘peelers’ (often dressed-down and grinning like apes as they woodenly interact with the latest bunch of Uncle Toms from a working-class community organisation) they are really just a more heavily armed version of the RUC. After over a decade with a new name, new uniforms and of course newer, more lethal weapons in their arsenal (including plastic bullets), the PSNI still function as an imperialist counter-insurgency agency controlled by MI5..
As to qualitative change in policing in working-class areas of the north of Ireland, the PSNI is still engaged in widespread harassment of Republicans who have not bought into the Stormont mini-parliament or who have failed to sign-up for the thoroughly pacified community workers’ ‘safe-list’ The Irish Republican Socialist Party has consistently condemned the PSNI’s blatant political policing and continued harassment of working-class communities.
Provisional Sinn Fein who currently engage with the PSNI/RUC as part of the larger normalisation mirage dispensed with any revolutionary pretensions but Republican Socialists rightly oppose any accommodation with the armed wing of the 6 county sectarian state-let. Furthermore, as revolutionary Socialists they correctly view all police forces in Ireland as armed guardians of the Capitalist system and no friends of working-class people. Even in a unitary Capitalist Ireland, the police would fulfil the same role. James Connolly, the father of Irish Republican Socialism correctly identified the continued repressive role of a police force in an Ireland which had not achieved the economic liberation of the proletariat. In Connolly’s 1899 article in the Workers Republic, entitled ‘Let Us Free Ireland‘ he wrote:
“Whoop it up for liberty! After Ireland is free, says the patriot who won’t touch socialism, we will protect all classes, and if you won’t pay your rent you will be evicted same as now. But the evicting party, under command of the sheriff, will wear green uniforms and the Harp without the Crown, and the warrant turning you out on the roadside will be stamped with the arms of the Irish Republic!”
Under any kind of critical scrutiny, thirteen years of name change for the ‘PSNI incorporating the RUC’ (the PSNI’s official title) has been as superficial as the change of paint on their armoured Land Rovers