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‘The Class of 1916′ by Brian John Spencer

The rebels of 1916 came from all ranks of society, but a majority were lower-middle-class. In a time of high unemployment, the vast majority of the rebels were employed. David McWilliams wrote, “most were from the class that Marx would describe as the hated petit bourgeois.” The Irish rebellion of 1916 was a moment precipitated…

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Edward Carson, father of the Irish revolution? 

How can unionists condemn a rebellion when they threatened rebellion? During a recent discussion on BBC Spotlight on the Easter Rising, Jim Allister of the TUV said the Ulster Covenant was an “entirely peaceful exercise”. He was responding to David Ford who said it was a “seditious document”. Like the leader of the Alliance party,…

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‘Them’uns get away with everything’ … by Brian John Spencer

In 2011 a study at Harvard and Tufts found that white people in America, on average, believed that anti-white racism was a bigger problem than anti-black racism. Perception is different from reality. Further research showed that this perception, of black privilege, was bogus. The reality is that the white community still enjoy many privileges and…

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‘Republicans have done a unionism’ argues Brian Spencer

We’re all unionists now. Being a member of a group of nations that pools power and decision-making is all the vogue. For unionists, having a partition between east and west is abominable as partition between north and south, and between Ireland and Europe is, for nationalists. Being Irish and British, British and Irish is, for…

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Brian John Spencer revisits Easter Monday 1916

The seven signatories of the Irish Proclamation Maurice Joy wrote in her account of Easter Monday 1916 that Dublin that morning “seemed as peaceful as any place on earth.” In contrast with the city at large, Liberty Hall was abuzz with activity from day break. All morning it was converged upon by Irish rebels –…