28
Oct
15

No electoral support to pro-capitalist Sinn Féin!

It was formally announced yesterday that Sinn Féin has signed up to the Right2Change policy document and is calling on all other “left” parties and independents to enter a voting pact with them.

http://www.thejournal.ie/sinn-fein-transfer-pact-2410944-Oct2015/
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/unforgivable-for-left-wing-parties-not-to-join-pact-says-mcdonald-1.2407353

This exposes Right2Change as just a cover for giving political support to Sinn Féin – as this blog writer has been saying right from the very beginning of Right2Water’s forays into political policy which eventually became formalised in Right2Change.

Sinn Féin, as the largest political party participating in the Right2Water steering committee, played a decisive role in keeping Right2Water within the framework of bourgeois respectability by it not calling for non-payment of the water charges or for breaking the law by physically opposing water meter installations despite both having mass support within the tens of thousands of activists in the anti-water charges movement. That bourgeois political influence, aided and abetted by the trade union public leaders of Right2Water, is now being expressed electorally.

No socialist or working class militant worthy of the name can give political support to any electoral bloc that calls for votes to pro-capitalist Sinn Féin – to do so would be a class betrayal.

It is quite common in Ireland to describe Sinn Fein as part of the “left”. The truth is they are a pro-capitalist party projecting a fake caring face for purely electoral reasons.

Anyone doubting that Sinn Féin are a pro-capitalist party just has to read their pre-budget statement – http://www.sinnfein.ie/files/2015/Pre-Budget_October2015.pdf

Especially Part 3 “To pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation” which starts with a long section titled “Supporting and encouraging business”.

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4 Responses to “No electoral support to pro-capitalist Sinn Féin!”


  1. 2 jamesmcbarron
    October 30, 2015 at 12:00

    You’re consistent ,SF are not, parties and organisations evolve, degenerate, fail, move left, move right. Sinn Fein will not challenge capitalism. SF backed non payment of water charges in the1980’s a period where they also helped organise working class communities to drive out heroin dealers in Dublin and engage with thousands in direct action and civil disobedience in support of the hunger strikers. Looking at SF now it is certainly on a different path. But having seen the rise and sellout of many a party i can but cast a somewhat jaundiced eye across the various “revolutionary” parties now contesting as part of various fronts on an entirely reformist basis. Indeed comrade as you might agree there is no party or candidate that springs to mind standing in the forthcoming elections on a revolutionary platform or even an explicitly anti capitalist one.

    • November 6, 2015 at 14:05

      Well we have to see the actual manifestos to be presented but on the basis of the alternative budgets of the various self-describing revolutionary organisations I would tend to think your prognosis will unfortunately be accurate and the best that could be said for any of them is that they are pro-working class reformist programmes.


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