Is there a way around the obstacles that block the emergence of a post-sectarian centre-left party?
Labour organising in NI would be a de facto acceptance of the Union... bla bla bla. There is already a PES sister party in NI called the SDLP bla bla bla. NI needs a more coherent post-sectarian centre-left. Full. Stop. Discuss?
Donal Lyons commented
"It will be putting up candidates in the next set of elections."
Declan doherty commented
The idea that the labour party is a voice for the working man and woman is ridiculous. Of course we need a new politcal voice, the SDLP and the labour party cannot deliver the change required. But unfortunatley there is no call from our society for change. The left is even more isolated than it ever was because even from within the left we are walking away from traditional parties that are now centre right parties. We used to be able to see the difference and argue our case. But how can we argue with politics that has consumerism running throught all the political parties?
I think that the interesting opportunity here - the thing that appears to have happened in the last few months that potentially changes things - is that there is a growing sense on the centre-right that *they* also need to move into a post-sectarian politicking. It may sound a v odd suggestion from a democratic socialist, but I'm interested (note: Not wedded to, but intereste in the idea) of the potential of a meeting of minds and complementary activities between the left and any Tories who really want to move beyond a politics that is primarily defined by the national questions.
Paul Haslam commented
There is already a Northern Ireland Constituency Labour Party. It's seeking a new political paradigm that is not dependent on territorial politics. The Labour Party in Northern Ireland seeks to uphold values such as social justice, equality of opportunity, strength of community and rights matched with responsibilities, in the context of a society trying to move beyond sectarian division and find a common ground based on values, rights and responsibilities. It will be putting up candidates in the next set of elections and is already working on the ground.