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Jul
13

Some reflections on a demonstration (and by extension, the Irish left)

Interesting blog post on the state of the left in Ireland using the SWP/PbP initiated “Jail the Anglo Bankers” protest as a concrete example. The comments are also interesting although they tend to look at the problem in mainly organisational terms when I would argue the problem has much wider programmatic aspects to it.

Citizen Partridge

Note: This is a post I published on Facebook earlier this evening. A few people suggested that I also publish it on this blog, as my Facebook is set to Private. So here it is for your perusal, along with some of the discussion from the comments thread. Enjoy. Or not.

Here are some thoughts on yesterday evening’s ‘Jail the Anglo Bankers‘ protest, organised by the SWP/People Before Profit (or perhaps by one of the front groups like Enough, I don’t really know to be honest – EDIT: It seems the group is in fact called ‘Jail the Anglo Bankers’, and would appear indeed to be a SWP front group). Note this is not an attack on any one group, or individuals, just some musings how I felt after the demo. If you think I’m unfairly attacking an organisation, then be assured I’m an equal opportunities complainer!

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