How Unionism could lawfully block a SF First Minister

How Unionism could lawfully block a SF First Minister

By Jamie Bryson A technical route to blocking a Sinn Fein First Minister It is trite to point out that for more than two decades unionism was denied the democratic right to govern by virtue of forced mandatory coalition, providing nationalism with a place at the heart of Government despite having no democratic mandate to […]

DUP must defy the High Court declaration-Principle demands it

DUP must defy the High Court declaration-Principle demands it

By Jamie Bryson The application brought by Sinn Fein activist Sean Napier (‘the applicant’) has helpfully brought matters to a head in relation to how the Protocol is causing political and societal difficulties to an undeniable standard. That Government Ministers are finding themselves having to act unlawfully out of principle is the clearest signal yet […]

A Constitutional Showdown- Unionism’s Protocol challenge reaches the Court of Appeal

A Constitutional Showdown- Unionism’s Protocol challenge reaches the Court of Appeal

By Jamie Bryson Introduction The ‘Protocol case’ is a challenge to the provisions of the Northern Ireland Protocol, given direct effect in domestic law via s7A of the Withdrawal Act 2018 (as amended by the 2020 Act). The applicants argue that the Protocol is unlawful on a number of grounds, which includes a challenge to […]

High Court rejects British citizenship challenge and reaffirms ‘decisive rejection’ of De Souza arguments

High Court rejects British citizenship challenge and reaffirms ‘decisive rejection’ of De Souza arguments

By Jamie Bryson On 24 September 2021 the High Court refused leave (finding all grounds of challenge unarguable) in an application by a nationalist Caoimhe Ni Chuinneagain, who sought to challenge the British Nationality Act 1981 which confers British citizenship from birth on those born in NI, an integral part of the United Kingdom. The […]

Unionism must resist the Court’s ‘bonfire guidance’ meddling

Unionism must resist the Court’s ‘bonfire guidance’ meddling

By Jamie Bryson On 21 September 2021 Horner J delivered his judgment in an application for Judicial Review which had been brought by nationalists, seeking interim injunctive relief, on 10th July 2021 in relation to a cultural celebration at Adam Street in North Belfast. This application is separate from the wholly unmeritorious parallel application brought […]

DUP right to leverage the Belfast Agreement- but ultimately it must also be dismantled

DUP right to leverage the Belfast Agreement- but ultimately it must also be dismantled

By Jamie Bryson The DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has very clearly set out that it is the institutions or the Protocol, but it can not be both. That position should have been obvious to political unionism from the Protocol’s very inception. The Belfast Agreement was always a deceptive snare, which sadly some unionists were unwittingly […]

PSNI report is an appalling example of their pro-nationalist political agenda

PSNI report is an appalling example of their pro-nationalist political agenda

By Jamie Bryson The PSNI report is an extraordinary effort to take two tier policing to a new level. This report puts into writing the core ethos of the PSNI, which is plainly- as an overriding objective- to secure, and maintain, the support of the nationalist community. In this context, as a collateral purpose the […]

Loyalist poll shows vast majority are now anti-agreement and over 88% support a protest in Dublin

Loyalist poll shows vast majority are now anti-agreement and over 88% support a protest in Dublin

A survey, which engaged with over 1,000 people across a cross section of the Unionist and Loyalist community has published its findings:  91.08% of those who participated believed that the Northern Ireland had to be abolished in its entirety86.49% would now vote against the Belfast Agreement 80.78% believe Unionism should boycott all North-South meetings89.51% supported […]

Two-tier policing is shamefully obvious- the PSNI must be significantly reformed at the very least

Two-tier policing is shamefully obvious- the PSNI must be significantly reformed at the very least

By Jamie Bryson Policing was conceived in the womb of political appeasement. The organisation came into being based on the proposition that the RUC had to be disbanded, because it commanded no support from the nationalist community. And thus, a police service was created with a core objective of winning nationalist support. All things, including […]

Lecture argues you can not be pro-Belfast Agreement and pro-Union

Lecture argues you can not be pro-Belfast Agreement and pro-Union

You can download the full text of the lecture delivered to the S.A.S.H group on the Shankill Road on 16 August 2021 Lecture on the ‘peace process’ 16 August 2021 PDF Below are some extracts from the lecture: On the phrase ‘peace process’ “The phrase ‘peace process’ has become part of the linguistic textbook of Northern […]

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