New Communist Party of Britain
National Liberation is a central issue of the Irish question. The artificial partition of Ireland into two neo-Colonial states has helped dislocate the economy and political structure of Ireland and has intensified the exploitation of the Irish working class.
Since the Republic: of Ireland is the only EEC country not a member of NATO, the position of Northern Ireland, on the Atlantic seaboard of Western Europe, adds a strategic reason for the continued direct British military presence to those of economics.
The division. introduced by partition and accentuated by the deliberate encouragement of discrimination against catholics in the six counties, is a copy-book example of the divide and rule tactics of British Imperialism.
Human rights have been violated in Northern Ireland by the UK Government. It has been arraigned before the European Commission of Human Rights on charges of using torture in the interrogation of suspects. It was found guilty on several counts.
The violence of imperialism and its agents, answered by terrorist actions, have for too long divided the very forces it is necessary to unite to achieve liberation. However, the lack of campaigning by the British Labour movement is a serious weakness of which we are all guilty.
We pledge ourselves to fight tirelessly to support totally the Better Life for All Campaign (BLFAC) of the Irish Trade Union Congress (ICTU) and the fight for peace and full employment, and call for greater Government investment for houses, social services etc., in N. Ireland, recognising that success with any of these struggles will go some way to eradicating the social basis in which sectarianism has its roots, and would create conditions for the emergence of at non-sectarian mass party of the people.
We must initiate a campaign around the demands put forward by the progressive forces in Ireland, including
a) an end to Direct Rule from Westminster,
b) the institution of a local assembly with wide- ranging legislative and economic powers;
c) the repeal of the Emergency Powers Act in N. Ireland and the Prevention of Terrorism Act in Britain;
d) an end in the North of harassment and intimidation of the working people by British troops.
We are for the withdrawal of British troops from N. Ireland and demand a declaration by the British Government of its intention to withdraw from Irish affairs and to recognise the right of the Irish people to determine for themselves the independent structure and institutions of their country.
We call for the internationalisation of the Irish problem by referring it to the United Nations as agreed in the joint declaration of the British and Irish delegations to the 1977 Warsaw Assembly of Builders of Peace.