Brute Farce and Ignorance’ by Dave Maley

Well there you have it: in the space of six months, three electorates that did not feel part of a trajectory towards one big happy global family have registered overwhelming protest votes. Three electorates have said an emphatic “No!” to relinquishing isolationist attitudes and embracing a prejudice free future. Of the three, the electoral outcome…

Seeing through a shut eye

  In the 1960s Gerry Fitt, the icon of Northern nationalism, identified the Achilles heel of unionism – its professed devotion to ‘British standards’. These ‘British standards’ of fairness, opportunity and equality didn’t apply to the Catholic minority. As long as this discrepant thread existed and was picked at, the unionist monopoly was doomed. Fitt…

‘The North Began’ declared Eoin MacNeill… Brian John Spencer asks ‘Amidst 1916 celebrations has the South forgotten?’

A torrent of letters, books and articles have discussed the Easter Rising and Ireland at the one hundred year milestone. As a northern protestant* I welcome the breadth of the debate and the courtesy that is afforded the non-orthodox voice. However, much work remains. The northern Catholic is semi-eclipsed, and the northern protestant remains entirely…

‘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…

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,…