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‘Northern Ireland’s position in the Union is incredibly suspended by the Protocol’ – Baroness Hoey’s full House of Lord’s speech

‘Northern Ireland’s position in the Union is incredibly suspended by the Protocol’ – Baroness Hoey’s full House of Lord’s speech

Speech delivered by Baroness Kate Hoey in the House of Lords on 29 November 2021 My Lords, it is a genuine pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Bew. I was getting rather ahead of myself. His knowledge of Northern Ireland is probably greater than anyone else’s in your Lordships’ House, so I apologise to […]

Government now argues Act of Union is ‘suspended’ in remarkable volte face

Government now argues Act of Union is ‘suspended’ in remarkable volte face

By Jamie Bryson In a remarkable volte face before the Court of Appeal, the Government contrived a brand new argument in regards to the conflict between the Protocol and the Acts of Union. They have now abandoned the assertion that the Acts of Union is subject to implied repeal, but instead suggest that section 7A […]

Genuine unionists and loyalists united against the Protocol

Genuine unionists and loyalists united against the Protocol

By Jamie Bryson It is patently obvious that there is a clear and obvious (likely Northern Ireland Office inspired) effort to condition unionism and loyalism to accept some form of Protocol, and thus by extension the fundamental erosion of the core tenets of the Union. We have seen this in the increasingly bizarre language coming […]

Labour MP Louise Haigh’s error flows from applying the principle of nationalist interpretation

Labour MP Louise Haigh’s error flows from applying the principle of nationalist interpretation

By Jamie Bryson The principle of nationalist interpretation- referred to more commonly as the ‘spirit’ of the Belfast Agreement- has two limbs. Firstly, every constructive ambiguity must be resolved in favour of nationalists, and secondly if the overriding objective (the progression of the ‘process’ of dismantling the Union) requires it, then exceptions or new clauses […]

Time has run out on the Protocol- It is time for the DUP to deliver consequences

Time has run out on the Protocol- It is time for the DUP to deliver consequences

By Jamie Bryson There is simply no credible analysis which can provide a cogent justification for continued unionist support for the Belfast Agreement, or the institutions flowing from it. It is trite to point out, evidenced by the recent ‘constitutional statement’ by PUP leader Billy Hutchinson, that even those who campaigned in favour of the […]

Analysis: PUP statement wholly misrepresented by agenda driven BBC TalkBack

Analysis: PUP statement wholly misrepresented by agenda driven BBC TalkBack

By Jamie Bryson Today’s statement by PUP leader Billy Hutchinson is a significant constitutional contribution. During an interview with BBC Talkback (generally referred to as ‘TalkNationalist by the loyalist community) the presenter William Crawley sought to twist and misrepresent the content of the statement. Firstly, Mr Crawley appears to entirely misunderstand Billy Hutchinson’s point on […]

‘Where is the equal policing and justice for the Loyalist community?’- Stacey Graham

‘Where is the equal policing and justice for the Loyalist community?’- Stacey Graham

By Stacey Graham “Loyalists have had it easy”- That is what an anonymous Twitter account told me today after I shared Loyalist Jim Wilson’s opinion piece on policing. Jim (rightly) highlighted in his piece that relations between the RUC and Loyalists were not as some would lead us to believe and the narrative that it […]

‘Policing is failing both sides of the community’- Andrew McQuillan

‘Policing is failing both sides of the community’- Andrew McQuillan

QBy Andrew McQuillan @ajmcq1993 What does the state of policing in Northern Ireland, twenty years after the departure of the RUC, say about the political and societal condition of the place today? One of the most common takeaways at the time of the rebranding – or depending on your point of view, demise – of […]

‘Inequality under the law was not part of the Agreement I supported in 1998’- Jim Wilson

‘Inequality under the law was not part of the Agreement I supported in 1998’- Jim Wilson

By Jim Wilson I was nineteen years old when I was arrested and interned in Long Kesh. I need not point out the obvious reality that this transpired without any due process, any evidence of any offence being put to me. If you were to listen to the historical narrative, you would believe internment was […]

VIDEO: PUP leader Billy Hutchinson discusses loyalism and policing

VIDEO: PUP leader Billy Hutchinson discusses loyalism and policing

In a lengthy discussion, Jamie Bryson and Billy Hutchinson discuss loyalism and policing. Billy provides an outline of loyalism’s historic troubled relationship with the RUC, discusses the concerns over two tier policing post the creation of the PSNI and sets out his vision for how trust in policing can be repaired within PUL communities. https://youtu.be/w5aaP5Krlb8

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