Workers Republic, No. 84
Date:1981
Organisation:League for a Workers Republic
Publication:Workers' Republic
Issue:Number 84
Special Issue
Collection:The Hunger Strikes
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Subjects: Hunger Strikes, 1981

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2nd January 2012

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This document from 1981 from the League for a Workers Republic is first and foremost concentrated on the death of Bobby Sands on hunger strike. It joins this document  from the LWR published a few years later. At that point the LWR was the Irish Section of the Fourth International (International Centre of Reconstruction) and a full overview of the organisation can be found here.  

It argues that:

The British Government has cold-bloodedly murdered Bobby Sands. The British government intransigently refused to concede the just demands of Bobby Sands, for which he fasted to his death. It refused, despite the democratically expressed wishes of the people of Fermanagh-South Tyrone, who voted for Sands and his demands. It refused despite the tens of thousands of appeals from members of the labour and democratic movement world-wide.

It also blames Charles Haughey, ‘[who] refused to publicly demand Britain concede… and refused to meet the elected councillors of Fermanagh/South Tyrone… refused to meet the national H-Block Committee… ‘ and it calls for the ‘British Ambassador Out!’. It also argues that ‘now is the time for continuous stoppages, for strikes and demonstrations, for a general strike to force Thatcher to concede and to save the other hunger strikers’.

And it continues:

There can be no place in the Irish labour movement, in the movement founded by Connolly, for those who now stand by Britain’s murderous policy. Only those union leaders who support the actions of the workers against Britain have any place in the labour movement.

Other pieces include an LWR reply to Peoples’ Democracy, where it takes issue with an article in the paper of Peoples’ Democracy about the LWR entitled ‘An Infantile Disorder’.

There is also an article on ‘Electoral Strategy: Against Participation in Leinster House’ which restates the LWR’s fundamental antagonism to participation in either Westminster or Leinster House parliaments.

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  • By: Mark P Mon, 02 Jan 2012 14:00:56

    The League for a Workers Republic was the Irish section of the Fourth International (International Centre of Reconstruction). Which is to say the followers of Pierre Lambert. People’s Democracy were the Irish section of the United Secretariat of the Fourth International, or the followers of Ernest Mandel. Whatever name the League for a Workers Vanguard was trading under in 1981 would have been the Irish section of the International Committee of the Fourth International, or the followers of Gerry Healy. In my view, claiming to be THE REAL FOURTH INTERNATIONAL amongst the hordes of other groups doing likewise is a sign of mild mental illness.

    This is quite an odd little publication. The call to drive everyone who disagrees with their general strikes strategy about the North out of the labour movement strikes me as borderline unhinged. For the matter the notion of a Trotskyist abstentionism is truly peculiar.

    I get the impression that the LWR shifted around on these issues quite a bit over the years. At one point they had a kind of “two nationalities” (as opposed to two nations) position on the North, if I recall correctly. And their semi-RSFish abstentionism could hardly have been a feature of their politics during their Labour Party entryist days.

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  • By: Starkadder Mon, 02 Jan 2012 14:24:48

    According to the Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations by Barberis,McHugh and Tyldesley, the
    LfWR called for the creation of an “All-Ireland Constituent
    Assembly and an All-Ireland Labour Party”. (p.232).

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Mon, 02 Jan 2012 16:04:39

    Mark P, thanks for that. I’ll just add that qualifier into the text above.

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  • By: Zwei alte Zeitschriften « Entdinglichung Mon, 02 Jan 2012 19:46:01

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