The annual winter crisis in the NHS reached even greater heights over the recent weeks as the Tory government’s funding freeze resulted in huge pressures at emergency departments across Britain and Northern Ireland. In the South, the same story was repeated again,the result of chronic under funding.
Debate between Sinn Fein and the Socialist Party at the Dangerous Ideas Festival on the question of a border poll.
The Socialist Party condemns the threat to staff employed by the Probation Board of Northern Ireland (PBNI) in the strongest possible terms. The threat, which appears to come from a dissident republican paramilitary group, is totally unacceptable.
None of the main parties support a woman’s right to choose. The DUP and SDLP are entirely opposed to any reform, as are the majority of UUP MLAs. Sinn Féin and most Alliance MLAs oppose abortion rights outside the narrow circumstances of sexual crime and fatal foetal abnormality.
A majority of DUP voters now support equal marriage. The DUP’s support is not primarily based on support for their fundamentalist agenda but – like Sinn Féin – upon being seen as the strongest voice for ‘their’ community. They are not impervious to pressure from below, as was reflected in the sacking of Jim Wells as Health Minister after making outrageous homophobic comments.