The following is an excerpt from Ireland Her Own
authored by TA Jackson in 1947. Jackson essentially builds upon and expands Connolly's Labour In Irish History.
To End Partition
Englishmen, during the war, paid in added peril from the crimes committed in Ireland by the rulers of England (and Ireland) for nearly 800 years. But for that evil legacy
- for which every honourable Englishmen recognises the obligation to make reparation - we could have counted on the invaluable aid a free and united Ireland could give. We must pay our debt - if only to earn, thereby, the right to applaud, as fellow fighters from Freedom, the men whose deeds and struggles are recorded in this book.
Partition - a crime and an insult in one
- was imposed from England. In England, the work of undoing Partition must be, and will be, begun.
Partition was imposed by the rulers of England to serve their class ends. The common people of England, impelled by their class deeds, must struggle to end Partition as a part of the process of winning their own emancipation.
Partition has established vested interests, on either side of its dividing line. It is reinforced on either side by a mass of inculcated prejudices. Because of that it is not possible to end Partition in a merely formal fashion by a simple repeal of the laws which instituted "Northern Ireland". It must be ended by the common agreement of all parties concerned - THE COMMON PEOPLE
in the Six Counties, the Twenty-Six and in England.
The English democracy has the duty
, as well as the privilege, of so cultivating the friendship of the common people on either side of the Boundary that this concrete embodiment of an evil past will fall before the combined assault of the three democracies operating in concert.
In this effort we can, and will, realise the prophecy of James Connolly
"In our movement North and South will again clasp hands, and again it will be demonstrated, as in '98, that the pressure of a common exploitation will make enthusiastic rebels out of a Protestant working-class, enthusiastic champions of civil and religious liberty out of Catholics, and out of both a united Socialist democracy."
And we can make Patrick Pearse's
words also come true:
"Let no man be mistaken as to who will be Lord in Ireland, when Ireland is free. The People
will be Lord and Master."