Is Unionism incapable of learning? – by Terry Wright

  To look for meaning in difficulties has never been strong within unionism. To focus blindly on what has happened rather than the opportunities presented by what has happened, is not a ready recognisable trait. These are weakness laid bare yet again. They are not the only failings. In a recent interview when asked by…

“Our past continues to shape our present and more important – the future” – by Terry Wright

    Former aide to Prime Minister Tony Blair, Jonathan Powell thinks that the Peace process is ‘ fragile.’ Current Secretary of State Theresa Villliers is of the view that the NI Assembly risks becoming ‘deadlocked and dysfunctional.’ Not so long ago when addressing assembled Church dignitaries, she acknowledged the difficulty of ensuring that a…

Maiden City Accord – by Terry Wright

    By August 1969 when the annual Apprentice Boys parade took place in Londonderry, politics and community relations in Northern Ireland were already unstable. The after shock of the events of 5 October 1968, followed by growing and serious political and sectarian violence in Derry and Belfast during January, April and July 1969 did…

“Peace still feels like conflict” – argues Terry Wright

    After the local and European elections, is Northern Ireland any better off? Nearly 50% of the electorate who opted out of the process probably feel that the answer is no. The turbulent nature of the days since the declaration of the results seems unlikely to render their view unfounded. Bomb scares, a firebomb…

Is Unionism for Londonderry but not Derry? – by Terry Wright

    As with other places big and small throughout Northern Ireland the streets of Derry/ Londonderry are festooned with election posters for the local and European elections. Large amounts of money and effort have clearly been committed to their design and display. The impact and value of election posters is debateable for they at…

Crises… or political vandalism?

    There are at least two ways to get rid of an ice cube. Hit it with a hammer or melt it. You can do much the same thing with fudge. As for political fudge the choices are limited. In the Northern Ireland context it is more likely to remain as manufactured but become…

‘You’ve got to accentuate the positive eliminate the negative’ (with apologies to Johnny Mercer)

    The pomp and circumstance of the Irish Presidential visit to the United Kingdom has paled into memory. The carefully choreographed receptions, visits and content speeches in various locations made for comfortable viewing. The headline-grabbing attendance of the Deputy First Minister who paid due and courteous deference to the Monarch in her home has…