Opinions

Opinions

Opinion: ‘Spirit’ of the Belfast Agreement is a fools utopia, it is time to repeal the 98 Act

Opinion: ‘Spirit’ of the Belfast Agreement is a fools utopia, it is time to repeal the 98 Act

By Jamie Bryson The comments by DUP leader Arlene Foster have again re-ignited debate around the Belfast Agreement. It is positive that the DUP are coming around to articulating the arguments put forward by a number of unionists for many years, namely that the Belfast Agreement is not a holy writ, but rather a political […]

EDITORIAL: Returning the serve- Rebalancing the legacy of the past and political policing of the present

EDITORIAL: Returning the serve- Rebalancing the legacy of the past and political policing of the present

Editorial- By Jamie Bryson A statement by nationalist legacy activist and solicitor Paddy Murray, which has been carried in today’s media, stands as a shining example of the double standards of nationalism when it comes to the criminal justice system. Paddy Murray was an ardent supporter of the Loughinisland film No Stone Unturned, which was […]

OPINION: There is a clear anti-unionist/loyalist bias within the academic community argues Dr Edward Cooke

OPINION: There is a clear anti-unionist/loyalist bias within the academic community argues Dr Edward Cooke

Rarely a week goes by without the publication of a NI academic report or research paper, (reports and papers that are often funded by NI government departments) that appears to have been prepared by academics and researchers who have little empathy with Unionism and who appear to be outright hostile to Loyalism. The Unionist political […]

OPINION: The role of Unionism’s progressive flank- By William Ennis

OPINION: The role of Unionism’s progressive flank- By William Ennis

IT WAS something that first occurred to me as I read Sinnerton’s David Ervine: Uncharted Waters and was then confirmed when I read The Principles of Loyalism, by William Mitchell. Something which made me the unionist I am. A realisation that not only did my socio-economic politics lie to the left-of-centre, but that my unionism […]

Analysis: Sean Murray’s article paves the way for a genuine debate on republicanism’s one sided legacy narrative

Analysis: Sean Murray’s article paves the way for a genuine debate on republicanism’s one sided legacy narrative

You can read Sean Murray’s article HERE and the original ‘Glenanne Gang’ article published by Unionist Voice HERE By Jamie Bryson We, as unionists, must not be afraid of debate or to engage with our political opponents. If we are to use our increasingly broad platform to criticise and challenge then we must be brave […]

OPINION: Sean Murray responds to a recent article criticising his ‘Glenanne Gang’ film

OPINION: Sean Murray responds to a recent article criticising his ‘Glenanne Gang’ film

You can read Jamie Bryson’s analysis of this piece HERE By Sean Murray IN RESPONSE to your recent article ‘Glenanne Gang film is another piece of politically motivated republican propaganda’, I feel compelled to challenge a number of contentions that have been made within. This, along with other ad hominem attacks in recent weeks, has […]

OPINION: Moore Holmes argues for more ‘positive unionism’

OPINION: Moore Holmes argues for more ‘positive unionism’

Those who wish to see the reunification of Ireland are pouncing upon the uncertainty of Brexit and using it to advance their dream of a 32-county state. Immediately after the majority of the British electorate voted Leave in 2016, Sinn Fein IRA and their followers intensified their efforts in trying to navigate a border poll […]

OPINION: People are sent to prison as punishment, not to be punished writes Paul Peterson

OPINION: People are sent to prison as punishment, not to be punished writes Paul Peterson

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”  Words of the revolutionary and former South African President the late Nelson Mandela, himself once incarcerated in penitentiaries, including among others […]

EDITORIAL: The myth of the ‘Glenanne Gang’ perpetuated by republican propaganda- by Jamie Bryson

EDITORIAL: The myth of the ‘Glenanne Gang’ perpetuated by republican propaganda- by Jamie Bryson

In August 2018 a new film will premier. It is directed by the son of IRA Northern commander Sean ‘Spike’ Murray, also called Sean Murray. The film purports to investigate the so called ‘Glenanne gang’. This film is based largely upon allegations made in the book Lethal Allies and interviews with a convicted murderer, John […]

OPINION: Alison Blayney writes on challenges facing the Women’s Education sector in the absence of devolved Government

OPINION:  Alison Blayney writes on challenges facing the Women’s Education sector in the absence of devolved Government

As Northern Ireland heads for what appears to be a never ending cycle with no functioning devolved Government, the women’s community education sector has never felt as vulnerable.  The usual challenges continue – the sustainability of organisations working at the coal face, with vulnerable people, who want to take the steps to improve both their and their families […]