The response of the Assembly Executive has been pathetic. The formal position of the Executive is to reduce carbon emissions, yet they continue to back him as Minister. Wilson may have bizarre views on climate change and may be ridiculed by fellow right-wing politicians, but the inability of big business and capitalist governments to put the needs of the environment before profit is more alarming. Steps taken by the main countries responsible for carbon emissions fall far short of what is required to tackle climate change. It is up to ordinary working people across the world to fight for a democratic socialist planned economy to rescue our planet from the threat of global warming.Sarah Mair, The Socialist, March 2009
The real effects of these cuts can be seen with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service cutting 70,000 hours from front line cover. This will affect people across the North, but will particularly hit those in rural areas that have suffered from years of cuts backs including the closure of several hospitals.
"The scenes of despair and explosions of anger like those of 1981 will be back on our streets.
The humanitarian catastrophe that has befallen Haiti beggars belief. The powerful earthquake that struck on 12 January left many thousands dead, with estimates running to 200,000 and more. The flimsy slum dwellings in Port-au-Prince, the capital, collapsed, as did public buildings, including schools and hospitals. Many thousands are still missing and more are badly injured.