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23 September 2008

The ‘power-sharing’ Northern Ireland Executive has not met since the middle of June. It faces log jam over a series of difficult issues. In any other advanced capitalist country, the government would collapse if its Executive was incapable of meeting for three months. Imagine the consequences if Gordon Brown or Brian Cowen  were unable to convene a cabinet meeting for three months. And imagine the consequences if Gordon Brown’s or Brian Cowan’s ministers spent that three months gutting each other in the press every day of the week.

Stop the Cuts Campaign rejects Draft Budget

 

The Stop the Cuts Campaign today submitted it's "rejection of the Assembly Executive's Draft Budget" in a hard-hitting statement which accused the political parties in the Executive of taking "a political decision to stand together with the Tory/Lib Dem coalition government in implementing savage cuts against ordinary people."

The submission continued "Those who claim to oppose cuts to public services must refuse to implement cuts and oppose this Draft Budget. The fight to secure necessary funding for public services must be carried out by organising ordinary people, public sector and private sector workers, alongside the trade union movement to actively resist the cuts and link up with the millions of people across Britain who oppose the cuts, including initially a one day public sector strike."

The Stop the Cuts Campaign, which is backed by the Fire Brigades Union, the teachers union INTO and union branches argued "Big business and rich individuals are allowed to get away with avoiding and evading approximately £120billion in taxes every year. An extra £4.7billion could be raised immediately by introducing a 50% tax rate on incomes over £100,000. The scrapping of privatisation schemes such as Public Private Partnerships and Private Finance Initiative in the health service alone would save £20billion a year."

‘Lost generation’ forced on dole and excluded from university

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has warned that there is a "risk of a crisis legacy of a lost generation". In the UK young people continue to be the hardest hit by the recession. The ILO figures chime with the analysis of Youth Fight for Jobs, that youth unemployment shows the depth of the economic crisis.

Towards Division Not Peace

By Peter Hadden
Can the working class unite to build a real peace process.

This pamphlet examines the current nature of the conflict in Northern Ireland. Written in October-November 2001 as a document for discussion within the Socialist Party, it describes how the sectarian polarisation has deepened during the peace process and explains how the ‘Troubles’ have increasingly degenerated into a sectarian was over territory. It goes onto analyse the prospects for the emergence of a united movement of the working class capable of cutting across this and opening the way to a real solution.