Tag: sinn fein

NI general election: Pacts and polarisation

In Britain, the Brexit crisis will be a key issue in the general election. However, there will also be a clear clash of broader political visions between the right-populism of Boris Johnson and the left, anti-austerity policies of Jeremy Corbyn. Class issues like poverty, housing, workers’ rights and the future […]

Stormont talks collapse: The dead end of sectarian politics

The DUP and Sinn Féin’s whipping up of sectarian tensions, the debacle of the talks process, and the inability of the main parties to provide any solutions to the myriad of economic and social problems that blight our society are an indictment of the Orange and Green establishment. They offer nothing positive for working-class people, only more fear, division and
austerity.

Barry McElduff & Kingsmill Controversy: Sinn Féin’s mask slips

Writing in the Irish News, Sinn Féin’s Northern leader Michelle O’Neill argued that the stand taken by her party in relation to the ongoing political crisis is about “the principles of mutual respect and parity of esteem.” Six days later, West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff undermined this assertion by posting a video to Twitter featuring him ‘messing about’ with a loaf of Kingsmill bread on the anniversary of the Kingsmill massacre. At best, this was grossly insensitive and, at worst, an example of disgusting, sectarian triumphalism. The ensuing outrage forced McElduff’s resignation and has triggered a by-election in the constituency.