This is a music video from Ireland: The Wolfe Tones – Some Say The Devil Is Dead, about the British army.
Irish unions ‘must oppose army recruitment drive’
Thursday 26 March 2009
PROGRESSIVE youth urged Ireland’s labour movement on Thursday to join the campaign against a British army recruitment drive in the six counties.
The British army has had billboards erected and leaflets delivered to homes in working class areas, encouraging youngsters to sign up.
Adverts have been put in newspapers, with one reading: “Call 50 non-responsive customers a day? Or call in an air strike?”
The territorial army has targeted the cross-community Belfast Metropolitan College with what the Connolly Youth Movement (CYM) described as a “misleading campaign which promotes a romanticised image.”
CYM spokesman Nicholas O’Hagan observed that the army recruitment propaganda made “no mention of the atrocities carried out by the British army in Iraq or Afghanistan and the legacy of their actions in Ireland.”
Noting that the Educational Institute of Scotland had banned recruitment by the British army in Scottish schools and that the National Union of Teachers in Britain had voted to oppose the distribution of misleading propaganda, he called on Irish trade unions to “adopt a similar policy to prevent more of our young people being shipped off to certain death in Iraq and Afghanistan or even to face death here in Ireland, as shown in Antrim earlier this month.”
The recruitment drive coincides with the recession and comes at a time when the British army is failing to meet its targets.
This video is the song Join the British Army, by The Dubliners.
The lyrics of the song Join the British Army are here.
British child soldiers: here.
The British army’s glossy recruitment drive to get young people to sign up as cannon fodder for Britain’s imperialist exploits has not gone down too well in parts of the six counties: here.
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) Dublin City Post Primary branch has called for the resignation of Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) general secretary David Begg over the calling off of Monday’s national strike: here.
James Connolly: here.
St. Patrick’s Day Facts: Snakes, a Slave, and a Saint: here.