Opinions

Opinions

OPINION: TUV Councillor Stephen Cooper on why the Union is here to stay

OPINION: TUV Councillor Stephen Cooper on why the Union is here to stay

Over recent weeks, there have been numerous offerings from Unionism, ranging from strategic preparation for any border poll to a general commentary on the laissez-faire attitude of the Unionist community. All of which have made valid points, albeit with a sense of uneasiness underlying their central message. Any murmurings of a divisive and unnecessary border […]

EXCLUSIVE: Kate Hoey MP on why the British Government should refuse to recognise the result of Zimbabwe election

EXCLUSIVE: Kate Hoey MP on why the British Government should refuse to recognise the result of Zimbabwe election

Kate Hoey MP is a former Government Minister, current Labour MP and Chair of the UK all-party Zimbabwe group. A strong supporter of the union, Kate is also a key member of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee.   By Kate Hoey MP Over the last few weeks I have escaped from the doom mongers of […]

OPINION: Gradual collapse of statutory bonfire schemes is a strategic victory for loyalism

OPINION: Gradual collapse of statutory bonfire schemes is a strategic victory for loyalism

By Jamie Bryson The gradual collapse of statutory bonfire management schemes is a strategic triumph for those within loyalism that have plotted for a number of years to make the schemes unworkable. The schemes were never anything more than a way to ‘buy off’ loyalist culture and tradition, which would eventually lead to bonfire builders […]

OPINION: Every genuine loyalist should take issue with a politically motivated ‘Task Force’

OPINION: Every genuine loyalist should take issue with a politically motivated ‘Task Force’

Every genuine loyalist should take issue with a politically contrived Task Force designed to fund ‘good loyalists’ and criminalise ‘bad loyalists’ The pursuit of individuals involved in crime is to be welcomed by all right thinking persons. We must all aspire to a society whereby the rule of law is upheld, and those that breach […]

OPINION: Time to commit to peace but robustly oppose the Belfast Agreement ‘process’

By Jamie Bryson 10 April 1998 was the saddest day in the history of political unionism. The Belfast Agreement, which was sold to unionists as a settlement, instead breathed into life an expansive ‘process’ which is in of itself a Trojan horse for Irish nationalism. Entwined with this process was peace, creating the moral blackmail […]

OPINION: Why all unionists should withdraw from statutory-led bonfire management schemes

OPINION: Why all unionists should withdraw from statutory-led bonfire management schemes

By Jamie Bryson The decision of Mid-Ulster council to impose a ‘permit scheme’ upon unionist bonfires within their area is the outworking of many years of province wide statutory led bonfire management schemes. In May 2011 I wrote the following in a submission to Ards and North Down Borough Council; “The process around the statutory […]

OPINION: Gibney’s appalling Irish News column demands a compliant media to assist the ‘political process’

By Jamie Bryson Jim Gibney’s column in today’s Irish News is perhaps the most astonishing example one is ever likely to see of a political movement trying to mutilate press freedom, and censor viewpoints which do not fit their narrative. In commentary that wouldn’t have been out of place in George Orwell’s 1984, Jim Gibney […]

Unionist negotiators must demand cultural protections around parades and bonfires

Unionist negotiators must demand cultural protections around parades and bonfires

As the Irish language lobby increase their ever expanding list of demands, it is prudent for the unionist community to reflect upon what legislative provisions are being discussed for the protection of the Protestant, Unionist and Loyalist culture and traditions. With much talk about ‘rights based issues’, it is notable that any reference to the […]

Analysis: Stormont dealers caught in the Act

Analysis: Stormont dealers caught in the Act

by Jamie Bryson On Sunday afternoon rumours began to filter out that the outline of a deal had been agreed by the DUP and Sinn Fein.   It is understood the outline deal, which was presented to DUP members at a 10am summit this morning (Monday), includes legislative provision for Irish language ‘rights’. The DUP […]

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