The Worker, No. 22
Organisation: Socialist Workers' Movement
Publication: The Worker
Issue:Number 22
May-June 1974
Contributors: Info
Gene Kerrigan, Mike Miller, Gretta Mulrooney, Ken Quinn
Type:Publication Issue
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Commentary From The Cedar Lounge Revolution

27th October 2008

A welcome addition to the Archive this week with a copy of The Worker from the SWM. It’s a reasonably well produced broadsheet magazine, eight pages long. The black and red colour scheme is fairly striking.

In terms of content it takes a strongly all-island approach and one that is profoundly hostile to the state in both jurisdictions.

There is a strong emphasis on industrial actions and union issues. So one reads articles on the struggles in Chrysler and Unidare, and the level of detail is considerable. There is a piece on the Irish Defence Forces which unsurprisingly paints the training regimen in the most negative of terms.

Yet it is not confined to that, there are articles on RUC and British army ‘counter-revolutionary warfare’ and a deliberate effort to make a linkage between the situation in the North and that in workplaces.

In addition to that is an excoriating article on Official Republicanism on page 5 which takes them to task for talking with the UVF. Interestingly, though, on the previous page it recommends that for he local elections in the Republic:

If there is a left-wing candidate of any variety standing in your area, although we would criticise him [sic] in detail, he should be given a vote. Such candidates would be those of Sinn Fein (Gardiner Place) and the Communist Party, left-wing members of the Labour Party and of Sinn Féin (Kevin Street) and individuals standing on a left-wing platform.

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  • By: dilettante Mon, 27 Oct 2008 17:55:02

    Great piece of history.

    A very young looking Arlette Laguillier (page 7, candidate in French Presidential elections for Lutte Ouvriere). And she’s still going strong, and will presumably still be their candidate next time out.

    And was that the G(ene) Kerrigan writing about Portugal?

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  • By: Starkadder Mon, 27 Oct 2008 20:47:39

    “And was that the G(ene) Kerrigan writing about Portugal?”

    I don’t know, but I once found an article by Kerrigan in an
    old issue of “International Socialism”.

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  • By: WorldbyStorm Mon, 27 Oct 2008 21:37:22

    Those initials… any decoding would be great…

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  • By: Neues aus den Archiven der radikalen Linken - eine Auswahl « Entdinglichung Tue, 28 Oct 2008 10:53:54

    […] * Socialist Workers’ Movement (SWM): The Worker, Mai/Juni 1974 […]

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  • By: Left Archive: Why the Troops Must Get Out – Chris Bambery – A Socialist Worker Pamphlet, Socialist Workers Party (UK), 1992 | The Cedar Lounge Revolution Mon, 25 Nov 2013 02:51:04

    […] Interestingly the SWM in Ireland was as late as 1974 calling for a vote for both Sinn Féin’s. […]

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  • By: Jim Monaghan Mon, 25 Nov 2013 09:45:13

    In reply to dilettante.

    They have moved on from Arlette.

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  • By: dilettante Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:51:16

    In reply to Jim Monaghan.

    Finger on the pulse, Jim 🙂

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