Local Politics

Politicians have failed!

Prosperity, peace, stability, a better future for our young people – that was the sunny vista painted by the establishment in the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement, which paved the way for the creation of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Yet, almost 15 years on, the very idea of a […]

Fight all cuts to benefits

In December £14.2 billion of spending cuts were announced by the Con-Dem government, including an annual 1% cap on all welfare. The Institute of Fiscal Studies noted that some 7 million workers will loose an average of £165 per year while 2.8 million without a job will lose £215 a […]

Save Public Housing, Stop the Housing Executive Privatisaton

Save Public Housing, Stop the Housing Executive Privatisaton

On Wednesday 9th January, the DUP’s Social Development Minster Nelson McCausland announced that he was effectively abolishing the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and thereby privatising public authority housing in the North. This decision will have serious consequences for over 90,000 working class families who now face increased rents, poorer services […]

Turmoil Over Flag Dispute Continues

Turmoil Over Flag Dispute Continues

Turmoil over the issue of the flying of the union flag has now continued across Northern Ireland for six weeks. The protests, blocking of roads and frequent rioting began on December 3rd when Belfast City Council voted to fly the flag over City Hall on seventeen “designated days” only rather […]

Flags controversy – a socialist view

Socialist Party Statement, December 2012 The political establishment have portrayed 2012 as somewhat of a turning point for Northern Ireland, with society moving beyond the old sectarian divisions – we have been told this is ‘our time, our place’. As if to mock the chic advertising campaigns, the dispute around […]