Spirit of Freedom
Date:3rd August 1987
Organisation:Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)
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Subjects: Anglo-Irish Agreement, 1985

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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

3rd November 2008

Once more these days, most notably in the universal approval (in bourgeois political circles, not amongst the people) of the recent Unionist Task Force Report ‘An End to Drift’, the talk is being turned towards the restoration of devolved government in ‘Norther Ireland’, how this ‘desirable objective can be achieved, on what terms for catholics and protestants, for nationalists and unionists, whether there should be ‘power-sharing’ or what form of power-sharing etc. Etc.

“Bourgeois political circles…”? Yes, it’s the CPI (M-L), once more.

Many thanks to PJ for scanning and forwarding this document. It’s a short four page leaflet promoting their “Spirit of Freedom” campaign which was centred on the Birmingham Six. However as important a concern to them was the Anglo-Irish Agreement and these two themes make up the bulk of the material here, as well as a number of advertisements for CPI (M-L) publications. As PJ notes:

I dont know too much about the group except that they organised a number of public meetings in various cities under the ‘Sprit of Fredom Committee’ banner. Their attempt to march at RSF’s Bodenstown (around the date of the publication) ended up with the marshals telling them to take down their banner and get lost!

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  • By: Garibaldy Fri, 14 Nov 2008 18:46:28

    WBS,

    We prefer the term a snakepit of Sticks to den, as you ought to remember 😉

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Fri, 14 Nov 2008 20:44:16

    Ah feck! I’m always missing the memo from the centre… 🙂

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  • By: WorldByBreeze Sat, 15 Nov 2008 09:07:40

    Ha-ha, Got you, WuS!
    All the smileys in Microsoft won’t cover up that knowing self-importance of hurlers on the ditch!
    Keep on Lounging!
    Love,
    Stasia

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  • By: D. J. P. O'Kane Sat, 15 Nov 2008 11:39:26

    Is this the Stasia who was the nude dancer for Hawkwind, back in the day?

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  • By: WorldByBreeze Sat, 15 Nov 2008 11:52:51

    Damn you, DJP!
    Are there no real gentlemen left?
    But I still like you, just the same.
    Stasia

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Sat, 15 Nov 2008 12:14:16

    Got me, WBB? I don’t think so…it’s just part of my outreach programme.

    Anyhow, if you’re so exercised by us hurlers (although isn’t the definition of the hurler on the ditch the person who does nothing. I know for a fact that’s not true of Garibaldy or myself when it comes to politics) there’s an easy answer, just don’t point your browser in the direction of the url at the top of the page…

    BTW Hawkwind’s buddy was named Stacia…

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  • By: ejh Sat, 15 Nov 2008 12:36:57

    Weren’t there two? The other was Marcia. I think.

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  • By: D. J. P. O'Kane Sat, 15 Nov 2008 14:02:57

    >>>But I still like you, just the same.

    Why don’t real women ever say thsi to me?

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  • By: WorldByBreeze Sat, 15 Nov 2008 17:02:40

    Now now, WuS, temper temper!
    I’m still going to shimmy in here now & again.
    Unlike the crusty old barman, there are still a few gents here who know how to make a girl happy.
    Your ever-loving
    Stasia

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Sat, 15 Nov 2008 18:26:31

    Temper? I’m sort of thinking this is more about you than it is me… but trust me, you’re nowhere near being barred…

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Sat, 15 Nov 2008 18:47:44

    Although now I think about it, to paraphrase smiffy, I sense a presence I have not felt since the old P.ie days.

    I wonder…

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  • By: Garibaldy Sat, 15 Nov 2008 21:25:35

    Is Smiffy Darth Vader then, or was he quoting him?

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Sat, 15 Nov 2008 23:32:23

    He was quoting him… Mustn’t use a smiley… mustn’t use a smiley…

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  • By: Garibaldy Sat, 15 Nov 2008 23:49:33

    Shame. It would have been well cool if he was Darth Vader.

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  • By: PJ Callan Sun, 16 Nov 2008 08:34:57

    Just to let ye know

    Next on the list to digitise is the –

    ‘Public Lecture by Comrade Hardial Bains on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Internationalists in Ireland” a 32 page A5 pamphlet.

    followed by

    ‘The Irish Marxist’ No 1 and ‘The Irish Marxist’ No 2

    Bet ye cant wait?

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Sun, 16 Nov 2008 09:29:37

    Very good. The Bains stuff sounds great… seriously.

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  • By: Garibaldy Sun, 16 Nov 2008 17:23:16

    I’d definitely be interested in reading that stuff myself. I’ve heard some stories about him, but never read anything by him.

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Sun, 16 Nov 2008 19:57:29

    Yeah, likewise. He’s legendary.

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  • By: The Irish Left Archive: Workers Weekly,Workers Association, British and Irish Communist Organisation, July 1974 « The Cedar Lounge Revolution Mon, 24 Nov 2008 05:50:38

    […] mentioned a couple of weeks back on this thread, here is Workers Weekly, a publication of the Workers Association, also of the British and […]

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  • By: Philip Ferguson Mon, 18 May 2009 00:30:47

    I think you must be confusing me with someone else. As far as I can recall I have never reviewed anything by the Aubane Society, much less criticised them for lack of class analysis. From what little I know about them, they seem to be bringing out some good stuff.
    Phil

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