The Workers Party has welcomed the formation of an initial opposition by the Ulster Unionist and the SDLP but has warned that it must urgently pursue a radical agenda to differentiate it from the DUP / Sinn Fein Coalition.
The formation of an opposition at Stormont has the potential to normalise politics in Northern Ireland.
However, it will be meaningless unless it challenges the DUP and Sinn Fein’s position on the major democratic, social, economic and political issues which are holding back progress in Northern Ireland and which are consigning us to be an 19th century society.
At a minimum the new opposition should immediately demonstrate its intentions by setting out a programme of legislation designed to address
The introduction of a Bill of Rights
An integrated, secular education system
Legislation to secure a woman’s right to choose
A programme for universal childcare
A public housing programme
Civil Marriage Equality
The reinstatement of the Civic Forum
An end to fracking
The removal of the Blood Ban on gay men
Lowering the voting age to 16