Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hungarian Democracy Under Fire

Earlier this month Hungary took a step back from democracy, when its government introduced a new constitution that severely limits the rights of the media, minorities and the Judiciary, in clear violation of the laws and principles of the European Union. The governing parties that introduced this measure, Fidesz and the KDNP, have between them 2/3rds of the seats in the Hungarian Parliament, based on 52% of the vote.

It violates the rights of the minority in Hungary by enabling the ruling party Fidesz to pack the courts, control the media, and gerrymander electoral boundaries - which it does specifically.

It prevents any future government that does not have 2/3rds support in Parliament from amending the tax regime. Thus, astonishingly, it shamelessly ruptures the principle of linking taxation to representation.

It bans gay marriage and conspiciously leaves out any mention of discrimination against LGBT society. Perhaps you are against

The Constitution thus enshrines conservative moral values in a notionally secular nation - within the secular framework of the EU. In short, it isn't a constitution that any self-respecting republican would approve of.

Many Hungarians are self-respecting republicans, however, and have taken to the streets over the new constitution, demanding the restoration of the Hungarian Republic. Their struggle is unlikely to be successful by domestic efforts alone - a direct effect of the new constitution's provisions.

Resistance to the measure is being led by the opposition MSZP, who are building a popular movement to repeal the constitution.

They need their partners in Europe to stand beside them, and they need their government's partners to stand up for democracy. The European Commission is talking about legal action. Astonshingly, the EPP - to whom Fidesz and the KDNP are affiliated - consider this to be none of their business. In Ireland, that means Fine Gael.

Labour Youth and ECOSY Young European Socialists are thus appealing for Irish people to get in contact with their Fine Gael TDs, Senators and MEPs, bring this to their attention, and demand they get the EPP to put pressure on Fidesz and the KDNP to repeal the constitution and save Hungarian democracy.

We also ask that Irish people, as European citizens, sign this petition to highlight their opposition to this attack on democracy.

The Party of European Socialists (PES) is asking people to write to the Hungarian ambassador in their country. Details for the Hungarian Ambassador to Ireland can be found here.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Issued : Thursday 25 August, 2011

Labour Youth welcomes the continuing success of the popular revolution in Libya, which has ousted the decades-long dictatorship of Col. Muammar Gaddafi. The overthrow of Gaddafi’s autocratic, dictatorial regime is something that all progressive-minded people should celebrate, and we join the Libyan people in celebrating this important moment in their history.

It is our hope that the people of Libya replace the ousted Gaddafi regime with a new and inclusive republic, with political and economic democracy at its heart, which is embraced by the international community. The people of Libya have suffered under authoritarian, anti-democratic rule for four decades under Gaddafi ‘so-called “Islamic socialism”. As socialists, we argue for meaningful democracy, fair distribution of resources, and equality between people. Under Gaddafi’s regime, no such conditions existed. We hope to see these values taken up by the National Transitional Council as they prepare Libya for a new system of government.

We congratulate the people of Libya on the success of their popular uprising, and share with the world our hopes of a better future for the Libyan people

Thursday, August 18, 2011


The August Edition of Labour Youth's Left Tribune is available online now from this link - http://issuu.com/labouryouth/docs/august_left_tribune. Featuring articles on the atrocities in Norway, the Irish Economy, and the 1911 Strike in Wexford. Print editions should be ready soon, we hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Always wanted to design an iconic Tshirt, seen and worn by thousands? Michael D Higgins, candidate for the Áras 2011, is encouraging Irish people, youth in particular, to come up with artwork for his campaign. In particular we are looking for T-Shirt designs to be worn by supporters & canvassers all over the media and at doorsteps.
Entries should be in a high-resolution in CMYK format (or a low-res image in .jpg as an example). They should be submitted to Keith O' Brien at keith@keithobrien.ie no later than August 22nd @ 5pm 2011. Contact Keith for further questions etc.

Monday, August 1, 2011

So, what do people think of the US debt thing?

So, what do people think of the US debt thing?

Answer here

Which really came first, the chicken or the egg?

So, this goes down to how life started. It started with one cell splitting in tow, one organism splitting in two, eggs were a later development, so the chicken came first. FACT!

Ask me anything

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Press Release on Norway Attacks


While the concrete details are yet to emerge, Labour Youth note with great sadness the terrible acts of violence which took place today in Oslo and Utoya, Norway.

The loss of any human life is a tragedy, and we offer our sincerest sympathy and condolences to the people of Norway as they come to terms with this tragic event.

As young socialists and social-democrats, we are particularly horrified by the callous and brutal murder of our comrades in the Workers' Youth League of Norway.

Our thoughts are with the victims' families, their friends and with those who love them. We are united in our shock and in our sadness. We share in their grief.

We condemn those who came to bring violence to peaceful places today. Violence like we witnessed today builds nothing. It only destroys.

Those who want to change the world by murdering the innocent are always bound to fail.

We send every good wish to the people who have been affected by these terrible events, and hope that the perpetrators of this violence are brought to justice.

In solidarity, and in memory of our lost comrades.