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Another Dylan Fan

John Martin • 19 May 2004

As a long time Dylan fan, and the one who wrote the Easter speech, I have to say I'm surprised by Win O'Toole remarks (Letters to the BLANKET May 8th). A firm believer in no guru, no method no teacher, I have always believed and advocated that the liberation of the class is the task of the class itself. Members of the IRSP have said in speeches much of what Win is saying - that there is no certainty about the way forward. The ERPS dont have all the answers. Our own history is testimony to that. We have been prepared to ask the awkward questions and have none of the arrogance of the leadership of Sinn Fein or the certainties of the ultra left in the SP or the SWP.


We have in the IRSP broad range of perspectives. What binds us together is our republican socialism. You could hardy expect us to welcome with open arms into our movement those who did not share our broad republican socialist perspective can you? Read Terry Harkin's speech to Scottish socialist republicans and I think you will get a flavour of what we are about.


And If Win writes the speech he wants to hear, there is a very good chance he will hear it from an ERP platform.

(from a safe old, tough sounding ageing hippy from the sixties!!)
It's all right Ma I'm only bleeding!




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