Interesting motion (deferred at Conference) from SDLP in Ballycastle.
Asking SDLP should organise in the Republic of Ireland.
Good idea? Yes …not necessarily in the short-term …but SDLP has to put down a marker that it is an all-Ireland party.
SDLP has often been accused of being too close to Fianna Fáil. And of course SDLP is the sister-party of the Irish Labour Party. Frankly there is a partitionist element to much Labour thinking in Dublin. Indeed in 1974, I walked out of a SDLP Conference, when Conor Cruise O’Brien was making a speech bringing fraternal greetings.
I much admire many Labour in the South….but as an “old hand” who campaigned in the same streets as the political wing of the Official IRA gunman who shoved a gun in my mouth in 1974….I have no great regard for the way the political wing became Republican Clubs, then Workers Party, Democratic Left and disbanded to merge with Irish Labour. Entryism peaked with Eamonn Gilmore, Irish Leader and now Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Is it inconsistent to only ask some people and organisations to account for their 1970s behaviour and not ask the same of others.
Of course Fianna Fáil is toxic. They betrayed the Irish nation by their ineptitude or worse for the events that led to the Financial Meltdown.
Irish Labour has betrayed its electorate, the Irish working class. And will implode at the next election. I am not a big fan of some of the crazier lefties…no friends of the northern nationalists.
Is there room for a Social Democratic Party to arise from the Debacle.