Opinions

Opinions

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 […]

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 […]

OPINION: Peter Robinson behaving like Ted Heath does nothing to unite Unionism

OPINION: Peter Robinson behaving like Ted Heath does nothing to unite Unionism

By Jamie Bryson @JamieBrysonCPNI It was somewhat ironic that Peter Robinson’s pitch for unity amongst the DUP was contained within an article plainly designed as a full frontal assault on the new leader of the DUP, and those around him. Lamenting the removal of Arlene Foster as leader- which was overwhelmingly the desire of not […]

OPINION: PUL community should not countenance amendments or changes to the Protocol, it must be completely eradicated

OPINION: PUL community should not countenance amendments or changes to the Protocol, it must be completely eradicated

By Jamie Bryson @JamieBrysonCPNI There has been a worrying narrative developing in relation to the NI Protocol (‘NIP’), namely that it would be acceptable for it to be ‘amended’ or ‘changed’. This is to either completely misunderstand or deliberately ignore the fundamental core of the NIP. The NIP has two distinct issues. There is the […]

Belfast Agreement formally rewarded IRA violence- by Cllr Stephen Cooper

Belfast Agreement formally rewarded IRA violence- by Cllr Stephen Cooper

By Cllr Stephen Cooper In 1998, the violence and threat of same from the republican movement was formally rewarded with the Belfast Agreement; the only accord with the authority to release hundreds of mass murderers, and amongst other constitutionally damaging annexes, the destruction of the anti-terrorist RUC. The price of protecting the city of London […]

Political Expediency Shouldn’t Trump Devolution- why the forced ‘abortion’ regulations are bad for NI- By Libby Wells

Political Expediency Shouldn’t Trump Devolution- why the forced ‘abortion’ regulations are bad for NI- By Libby Wells

By Libby Wells Today, the Abortion (NI) Regulations 2021 come into effect. Regardless of your stance on abortion, if you welcome Westminster devolving powers to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, then you should be concerned about the impact of this otherwise controversial piece of subordinate legislation. At its simplest, the 2021 regs amend the Northern […]

Treacherous amendment to the NI Act shreds the requirement for cross community consent on pernicious Protocol

Treacherous amendment to the NI Act shreds the requirement for cross community consent on pernicious Protocol

By Jamie Bryson On 10 December 2020 the Secretary of State Brandon Lewis quietly laid a piece of legislation in the form of a Statutory instrument which unilaterally amended the Belfast Agreement. The treacherous amendment- without any unionist consent- inserted Schedule 6A into the Northern Ireland Act which at paragraph 18 (5) disapplied Section 42 […]

OPINION: PSNI and Department of Justice are wrong on powers of entry

OPINION: PSNI and Department of Justice are wrong on powers of entry

By Jamie Bryson At the outset it is important to set out that legitimate debates around concerns about the PSNI abusing their powers or misinterpreting the law should not act as an encouragement to anyone to breach public health guidance or otherwise act unreasonably. Opposition to the PSNI operating unlawfully and in breach of the […]

Executive now purport to ban household families gathering in their own private garden

Executive now purport to ban household families gathering in their own private garden

By Jamie Bryson The Northern Ireland Executive has purported to regulate the movement of any household families of seven, or more (inclusive of children under 12) within the confines of their own private property. Outlining the latest bizarre regulation, a statement from the Executive stated, inter-alia: “Private garden gatherings- maximum of six people from one […]

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