Wednesday 25 April 2018

Higgins, not Siptu, is the inheritor of Jim Larkin

Joe has stuck to his mistaken principles, while other 'socialists' joined the ruling classes, says Shane Ross

WHO ARE THE REAL SUCCESSORS OF LARKIN? Joe Higgins, below, has maintained his rather daft socialist principles, whereas other Lefties, such as Des Geraghty have been content to carve out nice little niches for themselves.
WHO ARE THE REAL SUCCESSORS OF LARKIN? Joe Higgins, below, has maintained his rather daft socialist principles, whereas other Lefties, such as Des Geraghty have been content to carve out nice little niches for themselves.
Des Geraghty
A tapestry of Lockout leader Jim Larkin.

Who has inherited the mantle of Larkin and Connolly in this year, the centenary of the Lockout? The pretenders are legion. A reading of June's Dail debate on the 1913 lockout reveals a stampede of shameless left-wing TDs claiming the legacy of Ireland's legendary socialists. Others, with less brass neck, had the good grace to absent themselves.

Forget the Labour Party. They are now committed capitalists, busy ramming the privatisation of the ESB and Bord Gais through the Dail.

Forget the trade union leaders. The affluent occupants of Liberty Hall on the Liffey have cleverly wrapped the trappings of trade union history around them. At the same time, statues of the two great socialist martyrs haunt their headquarters.

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