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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is rightly revered worldwide as a statesman ranking along great figures of history like Martin Luther King. He is recognised for his role in the defeat of one of the most reviled regimes on the planet and one the most odious systems of oppression and exploitation in history.
"The protesters in Athens can riot all they want, but they cannot alter the fundamental economic fact of their country - it is busted, mainly because it has been consuming more than it produces for many years. Even a socialist revolution... would not change that reality." (Sean O’Grady, economics editor of the Independent)
By Matt Waine
MANY PEOPLE will look to the local and European elections on 5 June to punish the Fianna Fail/Green Party government. The Socialist Party is standing in the local and European elections to offer working people a real alternative to job losses, wage cuts and the running down of our public services like health and education. Our candidates have a record that is second to none in fighting for the interests of workers and their communities.
Taoiseach's blunt warning at ICTU conference of more attacks on working people is a fresh declaration of class war which requires a like response