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Under the heading “Introducing the Irish Monthly” this four page broadsheet is confusingly numbered as No. 3 and introduced as ‘the first issue of the MILITANT Irish Monthly”. It continues:
The great success of the MILITANT Irish Editions made it absolutely clear that there was a real demand for a paper which put forward a clear and consistent Marxist view of the bloody events in Ireland.
This speaks of a concentration on the events in the North which is exemplified by the photograph of the Vanguard March at Craigavon Bridge, an inside photograph of Craig and Enoch Powell in full Orange regalia and accompanying articles on the situation including an highly critical overview of the Northern Ireland Labour Party. Note the main headline: North and South: Fight Orange and Green Tories with: Class Action.
An article calls for the ‘creation of an armed TU defence force to fight sectarianism coupled to a socialist programme for the nationalisation of the banks, insurance companies and major monopolies’ in order to ‘side-step’ the ‘possibility of a protracted civil war’.
As ever with Militant it is a clear and well produced document.
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