Labour Is Actively Campaigning For Yes Vote – Burton
Today is a significant day for all of us here.
This referendum is an important milestone for the Labour Party.
As we approach the centenary of the Easter Rising, there is much reflection in our political debates on its legacy, and the most appropriate means of commemorating it.
Personally, I draw much inspiration from the commitment of the leaders of the Rising to the notion of equality.
They asserted personal freedoms and equality in the Proclamation itself through their reference to “civil liberty, equality, and equal opportunity” for Irish people.
That particular phrase has a special significance for us in the Labour Party.
In his recently published book on the 1913-1923 revolutionary period “A Nation and Not a Rabble”, the historian Diarmaid Ferriter directly ascribes this passage of the Proclamation to our party’s founder, James Connolly.
So, from our earliest days, the Labour Party has been a party of equality. (more…)