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GRENFELL TOWER FIRE by Grenfell Action Group

Posted in Anti-Austerity, campaigns, Censorship, Collusion, Criminal, Grenfell Tower, Human Rights, LSL Property services, Polarisation of the classes, Proletariat, Solidarity with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2017 by The Plough & The Stars

Source: Re-blog from Grenfell Action Group

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  Source: Grenfell action Group

 GRENFELL TOWER FIRE 

Watching breaking news about the Grenfell Tower fire catastrophe. Too soon (5am) to even guess at numbers of casualties and fatalities. Our heartfelt and sincere condolences to all who have perished, to the injured, to those who are bereaved or are still searching for missing loved ones.

Regular readers of this blog will know that we have posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere in RBKC.

ALL OUR WARNINGS FELL ON DEAF EARS and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time. Below is a list of links to previous blogs we posted on this site trying to warn the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, who own this property, and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation who supposedly manage all social housing in RBKC on the Council’s behalf:

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/fire-safety-scandal-at-lancaster-west/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/kctmo-playing-with-fire/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/more-on-fire-safety/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/another-fire-safety-scandal/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/kctmo-feeling-the-heat/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/why-are-we-waiting/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/grenfell-tower-from-bad-to-worse/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/more-trouble-at-grenfell-tower/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/the-disempowered-of-grenfell-tower/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/tmo-still-asleep-at-the-wheel

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KCC – Clear And Present Danger

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Back in April 2016 the Grenfell Action Group published a blog highlighting our concerns regarding the long term future of Wornington College. We provided a link to a RBKC Cabinet Key Decision report (KD04801R) that revealed that the Wornington College building had been secretly sold to the Council for demolition, after which the site would be privately redeveloped as housing.

The report was markedly vague on specifics, presenting instead a mish mash of options that ranged from selling the entire site (planning permission included) to a private developer or alternatively entering into a partnership with a Private Rented Sector (PRS) developer. The plans appear to have been conditional on retention of some unquantified educational component, provision of some ‘affordable housing’ by the developer, and possibly an option for the Council to to repossess  part of the finished development for use as decant housing for council tenants displaced from redevelopment elsewhere. Under this mish mash of half baked ‘planning’ many, perhaps most, Wornington students would presumably have to travel to Hortensia Road in Chelsea if they wished to access education.

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2016/06/12/wornington-college-threat-confirmed/

Rather than deal with the concerns raised by our blog, and by supporters of the Save Wornington College Campaign, the management at Kensington and Chelsea College attempted to demonise those trying to protect this much loved educational institute. Members of the KCC management team abused their power by attempting to intimidate our supporters, and shamelessly spread rumours that the Save Wornington College campaign was responsible for declining student enrolment numbers at Wornington and for endangering the future of adult education in North Kensington. When Interim Principal Michelle Sutton was invited to provide credible evidence that the Save Wornington Campaign was responsible for these negative effects she failed to do so.

Instead of working in partnership with the North Kensington community, acknowledging the management and financial problems at KCC, and the threat to the long term future of Wornington College following the departure of Principal Mark Brickley, the College opted instead for a disingenuous propoganda campaign. Using similar tactics to those employed by the neo-Cons at RBKC, when they sold off the North Kensington Library to their friends at Notting Hill Prep School, the KCC management claimed, in a Press Release in April 2017, that the Wornington building was no longer fit for purpose, was too large and could not meet the needs of those students and staff with disabilities. The KCC Press Release also sought to negate and dismiss the fears and concerns of the existing College’s supporters by stating that KCC remained committed to expanding its presence in North Kensington, claiming that it planned to replace the Wornington facilities on-site or nearby with modern state-of-the-art facilities for both school-leavers and adults, creating space for increased student numbers and potentially more courses.

http://www.kcc.ac.uk/news/big-plans-north-kensington/

We now understand that despite these promises the future of Wornington College and the provision of adult education in North Kensington is still very much under threat. Instead of securing the long term future of Wornington the KCC Board appears to have begun making existing staff redundant, pending a merger deal in which they will become the subserviant partner to a rival adult education college and in which they are unlikely to have any say in whether adult education will survive in any form in North Kensington.

In a serious and troubling development, it has come to our attention that members of the Wornington College teaching and auxillary staff have been issued with voluntary redundancy notices. These have been distributed to staff recently and cast doubt on KCC’s previous claim that staff numbers will be protected by virtue of an increase in student numbers and an expansion in the number of courses that the College will be offering.

It is our understanding that members of staff who might be tempted to accept offers of voluntary redundancy will not have their length of service or seniority taken into consideration as part of any financial settlement and will simply receive a statutory redundancy pay out. Any member of staff who accepts voluntary redudancy and is below retirement age will not be able to apply for social security payments such as unemployment benefit, housing benefit, etc if they fail to find replacement jobs, as they will be deemed to have made themselves intentionally unemployed.

It is also our understanding that the KCC Board were preparing to make a vitally important decision concerning the future of the College at a Corporaton meeting last Tuesday 6th June. We applied for permission to attend this meeting but were refused, ostensibly due to the sensitivity of the issues scheduled for discussion. It is a matter of record that major changes in adult education have been encouraged at a national and regional level following major cuts to government funding and a recent government review of further education which recommended that local colleges (such as Wornington) should merge with neighbouring colleges in order to protect their longer term prospects.

In line with this recommendation KCC and City Lit have conducted merger negotiations on two occasions since 2012. Both of these attempts failed, the most recent, earlier this year, because KCC failed a due diligence test performed by City Lit, apparently because of poor financial viability and poor Osted inspection results over the past three years. We have made a Freedom of Information request to City lit seeking access to the due dilignce report. We will publish this when and if we acquire it as it may shine some light on the management failings at KCC under former Principal Mark Brickley. The failure of KCC to satisfy this due diligence test has left KCC in an invidious position and vulnerable to a hostile take-over from either Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College or the recently merged North West London/City of Westminster College.

Ideally we would all prefer that KCC remain a fully independent college serving the specific needs of the local RBKC communities but we acknowledge that, in the present austere financial climate, a merger appears to be a necessary evil. With this in mind, we feel that it is a great shame that the proposed merger between KCC and City Lit failed. The benefits of a merger with City Lit have been explained in the minutes of previous confidential discussions by the Governors of KCC who stated that:

KCC students have good reason to fear the consequences of the failure of the City Lit merger. It has left KCC extremely vulnerable to a hostile take-over by either Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College or the North West London/City of Westminster College and we believe that such an outcome will greatly disempower and reduce the quality of our local education provision. There are concerns also that if either of the two aforementioned colleges are successful in a take-over of KCC the provision of adult education at the Wornington Centre, and in North Kensington generally, may cease altogether and adult educational courses may be halved at the Hortensia Centre.

These concerns are based on hard evidence obtained through Freedom of Information requests and access to supposedly confidential minutes of the KCC Corporation. We also have a copy of an email sent to RBKC councillors by Tony Redpath, a member of the KCC Board of Governors and a senior Officer at KCC in January 2017, that refers to Kensington and Chelsea College as some kind of tempting carcass that other ‘suitors‘, including Ealing Hammersmith and West London College and North West London/City of Westminster College ‘are already circling’ and waiting to devour. Redpath goes on to identify the predatory nature of such a take-over in that ‘KCC’s problem, put baldly, is that it’s attraction to other College’s is based on it’s assets rather than it’s activities’ and that following any take-over ‘a longer than anticipated period of change and uncertainty for the College beckons’. We believe that this statement from Tony Redpath unequivocably highlights the clear and present danger that faces the future of adult education in RBKC.

https://grenfellactiongroup.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/redpath-confidential-email-kcc-ofsted-result-etc.pdf

Redpath’s analysis is entirely consistent with minutes already quoted of a KCC Board meeting in 2012 when a hostile take-over by Ealing, Hammermith and West London College was characterised as an unwelcome but distinctly possible outcome. Confidential minutes from that Board of Governors meeting state the following:

www.kcc.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/KCC-BOC-minutes-111212.pdf

We have little doubt, based on the evidence above, that the kind of take-over that now seems inevitable will be extremely detrimental to the future of adult educational provision in RBKC generally, and North Kensington in particular. We believe that the failure of the proposed merger with City Lit has left KCC at the mercy of more powerful and predatory organisations that are primarily concerned with KCC’s financial assests and property portfolio rather than with providing the adult educational services our communities need.

The KCC Board of Governors and senior management team need to be held fully and properly accountable for their failure to secure a more propitious merger with City Lit. This failure has left KCC open to a hostile take-over by either Ealing, Hammersmith and West london College or City of Westminster/College of North West London. Both of these outcomes could best be described as worst case scenarios but have somehow become the most likely outcome we can expect. The KCC Board should be held accountable for this!

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KCC resignations – was there a cover-up?

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The Grenfell action Group have recently been contacted by the Information Commissioners Office regarding our appeal against the refusal of Kensington and Chelsea College to provide us with information we requested explaining the departure of former Principal, Mark Brickley, and his former sidekick Deputy Principal Fiona Ross. The correspondence between the Information Commissioners Office and the Grenfell Action Group must remain confidential for now as we do not want to preempt the appeals process which we hope will lead to disclosure of the information we are seeking. However, we can confirm that we have lodged a formal complaint with the Information Commissioner in an attempt to obtain a full explanation from KCC of the departures of Mark Brickley and Fiona Ross from the College in such haste and in such opaque circumstances.

Following the sudden departure of Mr Brickley, at the end of October 2017, the College claimed that he had resigned for ‘personal reasons’, although the circumstances of his departure  have never been fully explained and were not recorded in the minutes of the relevant Board of Governors meeting. Following Brickley’s departure there have been persistent rumours, in College circles and in the local community, that the departure of the former Principal had less to do with ‘personal reasons’ and may have had much more to do with some form of serious misconduct in office.

It has become evident to the Grenfell Action Group that the interim Principal, Michelle Sutton is well aware of some of the allegations made against the former Principal and other  members of the College’s senior management team that surfaced through responses to a recent staff survey at the College. These concerns were recorded in the mintues from the KCC Governors Meeting held on 5th December 2016 and paint an alarming picture of low staff morale and poor leadership at this much loved educational establishment.Members of the Grenfell Action Group can only guess at the contents of the alleged ‘unprofessional responses’ made by staff members against various members of the senior management team but it hasn’t escaped our notice that the Interim Principal, Michelle Sutton, seems to have done her best to intimidate complainants into silence by strongly implying that their most serious allegations were ‘defamatory or libellous comments’.

Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis will know that the Grenfell Action Group do not normally publish content based only on rumour or hearsay and that all of our postings are backed up with authoritative corroborating evidence. For this reason we have not yet detailed the nature of the rumours that accompanied the sudden departure of Principal Mark Brickley and Deputy Principal Fiona Ross from KCC.  However, we have not shyed away from our efforts to reveal the truth behind the circumstances surrounding Mark Brickley’s departure from the College and we are now in a position to publish, with some confidence, further information that we have received in relation to this matter.

At a recent “Let’s Clear Some Air” community event organised by Rap23 at the Acklam Village a member of the Grenfell Action Group spoke with our local MP, Victoria Borwick, and a local Tory Councillor, Robert Freeman, who were both attending the event. We took this opportunity to speak to our elected representatives about the situation at KCC and asked Cllr Freeman to explain why the freehold for the College building had been purchased by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council and why the College appeared to be in crisis and facing such an uncertain future.

Cllr Freeman chose to answer these questions by stating that the College building was too large for it’s current student intake and that most of the students that now attend the College come from other London Boroughs and are no longer local. This response was then challenged by our representative who pointed out that the College is still vital to the educational well being of the North Kensington community and that the dire situation that the College finds itself in might be partly attributed to the behaviour of the ex Principal Mark Brickley. It was at this point that our MP, Victoria Borwick turned to Cllr Freeman and asked what was meant by this latter statement. Cllr Freeman responded thus; “Mark Brickley was the unfortunate man who put up those compromising photos”.

The Grenfell Action Group would not wish to overinterpret the statement above made by Cllr Freeman to our local Member of Parliament, and witnessed by others present at the event, but we would suggest that these words certainly hint that there might be more to the departure of Mark Brickley than has so far been revealed by the College.

We have been informed by KCC that Brickley resigned his position for ‘personal reasons’ but we strongly suspect that these ‘personal reasons’ may be related to the actions so tantalisingly referred to by Cllr Freeman at the Rap23 event. If we are correct, and KCC are attempting to cover-up serious professional misconduct by either Brickley or Ross, or even both, then we can be confident that the Information Commissioner will order KCC to release the documents that we have requested, and which they have so far witheld.

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Support The SP Graham Workers Claim for a Living wage – Picket Saturday 9 April 2016

Posted in Anti-Austerity, Industrial Action, Proletariat with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

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Source: IRSP NEWS!

There will be pickets in West Belfast in both the King Street and the Whiterock Road/Falls Road Sean Graham Bookmakers between 11.30am – 12.30pm on Saturday 9 April, in support of the industrial action taken by workers in relation to their justified struggle for a living wage!

Speaking on the issue, Sean Graham worker and Unite the Union member, Natasha Lawless, stated:

“Myself and shop staff from SP Graham Ltd will be taking strike action on Saturday 9th April (Grand National) We have been forced to strike as the Management of Grahams have offered nine pence an hour above the lowest legally permissible rate of pay from April of this year.
“This pay offer does nothing to address the poverty pay on which our staff are expected to live. We also face poor staff security eg, single man shops, some shops have no bandit screens etc..We know that SP Graham Ltd is a highly profitable company with a significant turnover. They can well afford to pay their workers a living wage and improve staff security. Please support our strike and do not pass the picket line. Thank you!

All Unite the Union members, Unite Community branch members, other Trade Unionist, IRSP members and all progressives are asked to attend. Belfast Mid-Falls IRSP spokesperson, Alex Mcguigan, continued:

“This is just another example of the current vicious offensive against worker’s rights.  We have a proud track record of giving unconditional support to working class people faced with the current draconian measures.  Let the corporate bosses know that they can not treat the proletariat as disposable underlings and we will fight for their right to a wage that can realistically be enough to feed their families.  Be there on Saturday to support the bookmaker’s workers.  Be there on Saturday 9 April, to show your support for your fellow workers. Do not cross the picket lines!  An injury to one, is an injury to all!”

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Stay Left Comrades!

Posted in Alex McGuigan, Anti-Austerity, INLA, Internationalism, IRSCNA, IRSM, IRSP, James Connolly, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 14, 2016 by The Plough & The Stars

 

12363015_1562241910687018_1146856534871442585_oIrish Republican Socialism as a distinct movement embodied by the Irish Republican Socialist Party has been, since it’s inception in 1974, the most progressive force in Republican politics. Until the splintering of traditional Republicanism post-Good Friday Agreement (GFA) and post-PIRA ceasefires, it was the single principled voice of Republican Socialism in Ireland. Unlike every single one of the present day myriad of anti-GFA Irish Republican groups, parties and ‘societies’ who are all derivitives of the Provisional movement, the IRSP ‘tendency’ first emerged as the most revolutionary section within the Officials.

The IRSP’s key ideologues, such as Costello, Bunting and Power stood head and shoulders above the one dimensional Nationalists/Defenderist leaders of the nascent Provisionals like O’Bradaigh, MacStiofain and McKee. Likewise, the IRSP were an uncomfortable reminder to the stageists, reformists and ring-road socialists of the Official Republican Movement. The IRSP’s primary premise has always been that the class struggle and the national struggle are inseparable, in keeping with Connolly’s “the cause of labour is the cause of Ireland, the cause of Ireland is the cause of labour” (Workers Republic,8 April, 1916).

In present day Ireland, with the Pythonesque fracturing of the Provisonals grassroots into a plethora of personality-led ‘super-provo’ entities, which seem to multiply in number almost weekly, it is not surprising that political opportunists have sought to adapt the mantle of ‘Republican Socialism’ . Thankfully, their concept of ‘Republican Socialism’ is more often than not a backwards glance towards a vague notion that ‘Socialism is a good idea’ but as with all one-dimensional Republicans, there is always the proviso that ‘labour must wait. ‘

Nevertheless, the reality is that the political waters of Irish Republicanism are heavily populated with groups offering ‘radical’ politics masquerading as a generic ‘Republican Socialism’ . For the IRSP to survive intact, retain it’s distinct identity, prosper and not become a bit-part player in the post-ceasefire alphabet soup of so-called ‘dissidents,’ it’s Republican and Socialist politics, in equal magnitude, is it’s ultimate salvation!  At no time in the past has Republican Socialism sought or felt the need to ‘out-Provo’ the Provisionals and likewise it would be folly to ever attempt to ‘out-super-Provo’ the ‘super-Provos!’ Thats not to say that there are not many issues that the IRSP share a platform with fellow Republicans on and it would be equal folly to imitate an ‘ourselves alone’ attitude, which conversely, is still a key tenet and hangover of many anti-GFA parties/groups. Sadly, in practice, history has proven that many of these traditionalist groups retain their previous movement’s ‘undermine and absorb’ attitude towards the IRSP.

In the present political climate, where the conditions for widespread popular armed struggle are not yet a viable option, revolutionaries will gravitate towards Republican Socialism’s politics where the economic liberation of the working-class has equal emphasis to national liberation. One dimensional ‘Republicans/Nationalists’ will gravitate towards the super-Provo group that makes the biggest bang; have the ‘greenest’ flag and shout the loudest about post-86 or post-97 ‘Shinner heresy’.

The revolutionary socialism of Marx, Connolly, Costello, Bunting and Power defined the ‘Irps’ in the past and it is surely their ideological anchor for the future. In simple terms, many groups now carry the Starry Plough flag, invariably as just another ‘Republican’ symbol amongst many, but the Irish Republican Socialist Party are the only party to give the ‘plough’, the revolutionary flag of the Irish proletariat, it’s prominent and proper place, side-by-side with the Red flag, the symbol of international Socialism.

“If you remove the English army to-morrow and hoist the green flag over Dublin Castle, unless you set about the organisation of the Socialist Republic your efforts would be in vain.

England would still rule you. She would rule you through her capitalists, through her landlords, through her financiers, through the whole array of commercial and individualist institutions she has planted in this country and watered with the tears of our mothers and the blood of our martyrs” (James Connolly)

Alex Mcguigan

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Sectarianism: The Vomit of Imperialism

Posted in Anti-Austerity, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on December 11, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars
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The Belfast Relief Riots 1932 when the Falls and Shankill united over Stormont Cuts

It is well documented that plantation and the carefully planned division of the Irish Working-class in the north of Ireland are the vile spawn of British Imperialism that keeps Hibernians and Fascists in power with more money in their pockets than most of us could ever dream of.

 

Every morning I drive through both ‘Republican’ and ‘Loyalist’ areas  and I see more similarities than differences.  The working class in both areas, whether they be on low wages, unemployed or underemployed, all look the same, face the same fears of redundancy, benefit cuts or pay freezes.  This divide and conquer legacy keeps Orange and Green charlatans in power and the proletariat, whether they be Catholic, Protestant or Atheist, in their allotted boxes where they will be called upon to vote on a sectarian basis every few years.  I will leave it up to the reader to guess who are the real winners and who are put back in their boxes until needed by craven politicians.

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The Belfast Relief Riots 1932 when the Falls and Shankill united over Stormont Cuts

As a mature student at QUB some years ago many of my ‘peers’ were later to become senior figures in the likes of the DUP and I was appalled at the condescending, nay hostile, way they talked of working class people who lived in areas like Sandy Row, the Shankill and Taughmonagh etc.  It was as if they were ‘ballot box fodder’ and the scum of the earth (God knows what they thought of the Proletariat in Republican areas but that was not for my hearing, as a known Republican).

 

Despite it’s longevity, sectarianism is not monolithic!  The Falls and the Shankill united in the 1930’s over, topically enough, cuts to the meagre ‘relief’ welfare provisions of the day.  We are entering a similar period and it is time for Catholic and Protestant working class people not to be fooled by the Orange or Green card being played.  United we can sweep these Tory/fascists away.  And like Connolly, we are not ‘gas and water’ Socialists, our aim is an Irish Workers republic where Catholic, Protestant and dissenters can take control of the means of production and exchange.  I want no part of a ‘wrap the Green (or Orange flag) unitary state.  I want a state where the powers of the Catholic Church, the Orange Order etc are not what defines us.

It is time for us to unite irrespective of what church (or lack of one) one attends and we will reap a whirlwind together, united under the Red flag of working class power.  The power we can wield, forgetting old shibboleths, will overwhelm the Stormont charlatans and the Leinster House Gombeen men.

 

United as one class, the working class, we can improve our lives and the power we would possess would be more powerful than anything since the 1930’s.  United we stand, only divided we will fail!

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Big Jim Larkin, an Englishman who united Catholic, Protestant and dissenter during the 1907 Dock Strike. Even persuading the RIC to go on strike!

Provisional Sinn Fein Libel Anti-Cuts Protesters

Posted in Anti-Austerity, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 8, 2015 by The Plough & The Stars

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Source: IRSP NEWS

IRISH REPUBLICAN SOCIALIST PARTY – PRESS RELEASE COSTELLO HOUSE – 02/12/2015

After the recent protests against attacks on the Welfare system and  tax breaks for the wealthy elite, which have taken place outside a number of Provisional Sinn Fein and DUP offices, two Provisional Sinn Fein councillors have since made worrying remarks via social media about the protests and those who attended them.

The IRSP want to take this opportunity to formally state that all the allegations made by these two individuals are untrue and baseless.

Cllr Jim McVeigh has claimed that he had been “contacted by a Protestant gentleman from East Belfast” further stating that one of the protesters at the Falls Road picket was a “former Loyalist from East Belfast, who was convicted of domestic abuse and who was more recently expelled from the Shankill for selling drugs”. He then requested that the IRSP or Unite in the community confirm this.

The IRSP want to make a number of points about these allegations originating from Jim McVeigh.

Firstly we would ask…Why did he not check whether or not his “source” was credible?

The individual that Jim McVeigh referred to in a photograph of the picket was a member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party, born and raised on the Falls Road where he has always lived. Furthermore, he has no connections to criminality in any sense, historically or at present.

Jim then proceeded to use the very emotional issues of domestic abuse and drug dealing to try and create a negative picture in people’s minds of the protesters. This underhand black propaganda method of using domestic abuse by Mr. McVeigh is shameful, to say the least, and for a politician to use this tactic shows distinct lack of compassion for the victims of domestic abuse.

Mr. McVeigh should now admit that his “source” either exists or is a fragment of his vivid imagination. His use of the term “Protestant” also leaves us perplexed; Did he use the sectarian term to try and make his lies seem more believable?

In response to Mr. McVeigh’s lies, Councillor Ciaran Beattie then posted that the protesters “Are from a group of misfits who are up to their necks in criminality having the audacity to protest outside our party offices!”

Mr. Beattie needs to explain these comments. The branding of these protesters as “misfits” and “criminals” amount to claims which he must now substantiate or withdraw.

Many of the protesters were political ex-prisoners. Perhaps to Mr. Beattie this is what makes them misfits and criminals in accordance with his political outlook today?

Far too many political ex-prisoners are suffering from the impact of years of imprisonment by the British. Many are struggling daily to cope with the physical and mental consequences of their participation in the ongoing struggle against imperialism in Ireland. For Mr. Beattie to call them “misfits” shows the levels he is prepared to stoop down to in blackening the names of those political ex-prisoners who had the “audacity to protest outside” on the doorsteps of ‘Britain’s Tory Puppets’.

Mr. McVeigh has removed his lies from social media. Does this mean he accepts that his “source” was wrong all along? Considering Jim McVeigh is clearly backtracking, will he now apologise for attempting to discredit union activists who dared to express their disgust and opposition to this latest phase of Tory assault on the working class?

Maybe these “followers of James Connolly” may even explain to the working class community why they have accepted a deal which could have been inspired by Thatcher herself.

In conclusion, the IRSP will not be drawn into petty bickering by any Provisional Sinn Fein members on the issue of this protest and will continue to challenge the pro-Tory establishment parties that do the dirty work of Downing Street.

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Source: IRSP NEWS

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Belfast IRSP Join with Today’s Anti-Austerity March in the City

Posted in A Pay Rise For All, Anti-Austerity, ICTU, Ireland, Irish Republican Socialism, IRSM, IRSP, Solidarity with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2014 by The Plough & The Stars

Source: IRSP News 18/10/2014

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The Irish Republican Socialist Party in the Belfast joined with over a thousand fellow Socialists and Trades Unionists at a Congress organised rally against austerity measures at Writers’ Square in the city before marching through the city centre, around City Hall then finishing off at Donegal Street.  The very positive march was well received by the general public in Belfast City Centre on a busy shopping day.  The only minor incident was when right-wing Loyalist ‘flag protesters’ from the safety of the gated grounds of City Hall shouted sectarian comments at the march in general and the IRSP in particular.  However, they were roundly ignored by all.  Needless to say none of the pro-establishment parties or their ginger groups, who are facilitating and rubber stamping cuts and austerity measures, saw fit to join with the organised working-class today..

It is a goes without saying that the IRSP whose politics are anti-capitalist, pro-working-class and anti-imperialist will continue to fight against Westminster’s, Stormont’s and Leinster House’s draconian offensives against ordinary working people.  The IRSP concurs with Republican Socialism’s ideological forefather, James Connolly, when he stated over a century ago, words that are are as applicable in today’s unequal society,that,

“Yes, friends, governments in capitalist society are but committees of the rich to manage the affairs of the capitalist class”

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Saoirse go deo!

By Alex McGuigan

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