|Publication:||Labour News Bulletin|
|Issue:||Volume 1, Number 5|
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The Labour News Bulletin ‘A Head Office Monthly for Party Members’ provides an insight into Irish Labour Party thinking during the early years of the Troubles. Most notable is the strong emphasis on relations with the then newly formed SDLP. Interesting too is the emphasis, somewhat different from later, as in the leading article which argues that ‘the political crisis in the North worsened steadily over the last month… Reach[ing] a high point [with] the threats of Taylor and Bradford to unleash all out war.’
Beyond that there is much to consider. Not least a certain tinge of internationalism and a fairly strong strain of Euro-scepticism, before the fact - as it were. Serendipitous quote?
It is more than a little unrealistic to expect the four applicants [countries] each with their own special characteristics and needs to accept the present [European] Community framework virtually intoto despite the fact they have had no say in its development. As German Social Democrat Minister Frau Focke said in response to Conor Cruise O’Brien’s speech in Brussels the time has come for people inside the EEC to start examining some of their beliefs, demands and proposals more in the light of the situation of the applicants than they have done heretofore.
And go to Is This A Record? On page 4 to read the thoughts of Stakhanovite funds collector (Miss) Ann Peppard who….
…claims she had little time for the armchair socialist. “If one has fine lungs and a good memory and can trot out some of Connolly’s teachings at the appropriate time one is embraced by a section of the party as being a true socialist”.
Those were the days.
Which reminds me, what ever did happen to CC O’B?