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Posted on 19 January 2017 at 17:48 GMT

Snap elections called to Stormont Assembly

Northern Ireland goes to the polls, for the second time within a year, in snap elections to decide the make-up of its Stormont Assembly, on 2 March. James Brokenshire, Northern Ireland Secretary of State, was legally obliged to call the election after the 'power-sharing' Stormont Executive, made up of the DUP and Sinn Féin, fell apart.

Click here for an article by Daniel Waldron, from the Socialist Party (CWI Ireland), on the background to this latest crisis and which argues for a left, anti-sectarian alternative.

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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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