Category Archives: Unionism
The following article appeared in the September 1981 issue of the British Marxist review the next step. This was one of the few British left publications which understood the importance of the national question in Ireland and the struggle of Irish republicans with the British imperialist state. Most of the British left preferred to ‘play it safe’ and failed miserably to meet their obligations to support the Irish anti-imperialist movement against the British occupation and the British state.
by Suki Gray and Carol Taggart
Nowhere was last month’s ‘royal’ wedding more enthusiastically celebrated than in Belfast’s Shankill Road and in all the other working class Protestant areas in the six counties. The loyalist workers are a peculiar phenomenon: Irish workers whose basic allegiance is to the British crown. During 12 years of war the Protestant workers have formed a solid bloc with their employers and the British state: a million strong, highly armed and organised, an implacable barrier to Irish unity and independence.
The British left retains the prejudice that it is possible to unite Protestant and Catholic workers around ‘bread and butter’ trade union issues. To refute this notion (dismissed as a “doctrine almost screamingly funny in its Read the rest of this entry