Why mandatory regulation of cultural expression should be robustly rejected by the PUL community

Why mandatory regulation of cultural expression should be robustly rejected by the PUL community

By Jamie Bryson The call for ‘mandatory regulation’ of bonfires from nationalists is unsurprising. In keeping with their ‘never waste a crisis’ mantra, it was entirely predictable that they would weaponise a tragic accident at a bonfire in Ballysillan, and  utilised it in the continued advancement of their cultural war. However, it was surprising to […]

Unionist Voice Policy Studies launches cultural report

Unionist Voice Policy Studies launches cultural report

The report, compiled by a working group of twenty-two persons representing all shades of the PUL community from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, deals with the most prominent areas of PUL culture and seeks to present a basic collective analysis of each. This is the first stage in a project to develop a Charter of […]

EDITORIAL: The politicisation and deference to the PSNI displayed by the High Court should concern us all

EDITORIAL: The politicisation and deference to the PSNI displayed by the High Court should concern us all

By Jamie Bryson On Monday (5 July 2021) a remarkable judgment was issued in Belfast’s High Court. When I say ‘remarkable’, it was not so for its wider significance, but rather because it illuminated how an infectious culture of both deference to unsubstantiated claims of the PSNI, and associated political considerations, have come to pervade […]

OPINION: There is a fatal flaw at the heart of Justice Colton’s Protocol judgment

OPINION: There is a fatal flaw at the heart of Justice Colton’s Protocol judgment

By Jamie Bryson It is an unlawful use of the prerogative power to deploy it in a manner which is contrary to primary legislation. That is an elementary proposition, re-stated at paragraph 55 of Miller (1). It is beyond dispute. Colton J found that the Act of Union conflicted with the Protocol. Therefore, by the […]

Analysis: Political judgment forces Unionism to confront the destructive nature of the Union-dismantling ‘process’

Analysis: Political judgment forces Unionism to confront the destructive nature of the Union-dismantling ‘process’

By Jamie Bryson The controversial ruling came to a highly questionable decision on the unprecedented question as to whether the general provisions within a more recent constitutional statute can impliedely repeal an earlier constitutional statute. With virtually no guiding case law as authority for the answer, Mr Justice Colton nevertheless ruled that the Act of […]

Substance or Symbolism – Does the Belfast Agreement really protect Northern Ireland’s constitutional status?

Substance or Symbolism – Does the Belfast Agreement really protect Northern Ireland’s constitutional status?

By Jamie Bryson @JamieBrysonCPNI  A fundamental question arises within the imposition of the Protocol vis-à-vis section 1 (1) of the 1998 Act. It can be summarised as this; does the protection within section 1 (1) of the Northern Ireland Act in relation to the constitutional status of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom apply to […]

EXCLUSIVE: New UUP Leader Doug Beattie writes for Unionist Voice outlining his vision for Unionism

EXCLUSIVE: New UUP Leader Doug Beattie writes for Unionist Voice outlining his vision for Unionism

By Doug Beattie MC MLA There will be many who will criticise me for writing in Unionist Voice. Yet I think we need more engagement, not less and a deliberate policy of exclusion from engagement helps nobody. It places a firewall between the electorate and the politicians and to how we truly understand individual and […]

NEW: Policy Studies Report into unlawful NI Protocol calls for political action and civil disobedience

NEW: Policy Studies Report into unlawful NI Protocol calls for political action and civil disobedience

Unionist Voice Policy Studies is an independent grassroots think-tank addressing issues relevant to the Unionist and Loyalist community. The group has provided numerous written submissions and oral evidence to statutory bodies and Parliamentary Inquiries. You can now download the Report on the NI Protocol- UVPS- Northern Ireland Protocol Report 7 June 2021 The newly released […]

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