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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 […]

EDITORIAL: Unionism must dismantle both the Protocol and the Belfast Agreement in order to save the Union

EDITORIAL: Unionism must dismantle both the Protocol and the Belfast Agreement in order to save the Union

By Jamie Bryson @JamieBrysonCPNI  The objective of the Protocol- set out within their own communique- is to reorient trade away from GB and towards the Irish Republic. It is an obvious conclusion therefore that continuing- for any period of time- to implement the Protocol is to assist it to embed. So too is it intellectually […]

PSNI fail to investigate unlawful Relatives for Justice procession

PSNI fail to investigate unlawful Relatives for Justice procession

by Jamie Bryson  The lack of investigation into a procession held by republican group Relatives for Justice on 29 July 2021, when viewed in the light of the PSNI desperation to pursue peaceful loyalist protests, illuminates another example of two-tier policing. A group of republicans gathered in fancy dress at Stormont on 29 July 2021, […]

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 […]