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James Larkin

South Africa and Ireland: Lessons for the Misguided

South Africais in strike turmoil that has set the Union Government in such a panic that, in addition to the most elaborate military precautions, it is described as a revolution more than a labour quarrel. Yet the demand of the strikers is for the reinstatement of the men displaced by the economies effected in the railway service by a policy of retrenchment!

The Capitalists’ Risks

Making full allowance for the fact that any will do to hang a quarrel on when a quarrel is brewing, it is difficult to imagine a revolution in any way connected with what the red flag, that decorated the streets of Johannesburg, is supposed to indicate, being dependent upon a question of capitalist administration.

Weathercock Antics

It is rather amusing to the onlooker to watch the little game being played by the rival labour "leaders." The "rise of Larkin," as was only to be expected, was not at all an agreeable spectacle to those others of his kidney whom he had for the moment eclipsed. The instinct of self-preservation roused them up and forced them to take up arms against the new "hero." Was it to be expected that they—themselves the big bugs of the labour world—would consent to play second fiddle (this mixed metaphor will be forgiven in Dublin where everything is mixed) to Jim Larkin? No! So they fall back on their ''integrity," and declare that they are not in Larkin's hand's but in those of their members! What wags these trade union officials are! There is something excruciatingly funny in this sudden abasement and resigning themselves into the hands of the rank and file.

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