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
One year on from the killing of two British soldiers at Massereene barracks in Antrim and the shooting of a PSNI officer in Craigavon, attacks carried out by dissident republican groups have become more frequent, sophisticated and deadly.
The car bombing of Newry Courthouse came after several failed attempts to detonate large bombs such as the 300lb bomb intended to target Ballykinler army base in Co. Down. It was the first activated car-bomb of it’s kind since the Real IRA (RIRA) Omagh bomb in 1999 which killed 29 people - the single worst atrocity of the Troubles. Given that there was reportedly only 17 minutes warning given to the police, it was extremely fortunate nobody was killed. Customers at a nearby pub were given no warning by the police.
Walk out on 9th December - 1.30pm Thurs 9th Dec, Belfast City Hall
150 school students walked out from schools in Belfast today to show their opposition to increased tuition fees and cuts to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA). The protest comes ahead of an anticipated mass walkout in Belfast on the day of the vote in Westminster.