‘Mike Nesbitt may be left feeling that he has been trying to put clothes on an invisible man’ – By Terry Wright

Some faded campaign posters, re-cycled from the Fresh Start election of May 2016 appeared within days of the announcement of the election.  Election literature has been arriving through the letterbox to lie scattered like a packet of spilled jellybeans.  There is more than a passing irony in both situations. Spin and evasive point scoring dominates…

Why did our party leaders go AWOL? By Eamonn Mallie

This was a curious General Election campaign in Northern Ireland. Curious in the sense that those charged with respective leadership in their parties when called upon, failed to stand up and be counted. In fact most of the leaders went missing. Last night’s BBC – so called ‘leaders’ debate’ gave us only one party leader…

“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…

The DUP’s fight against libel reform – by Brian John Spencer

    Introducing the Defamation Act 2013 On January 1 2014 the Defamation Act 2013 came into effect in England and Wales. The new law strengthens freedom of expression and gives a warm hand to journalists, writers, academics and scientists. The new law increases the freedom of readers to receive information. The new law strengthens…

Remember – Sinn Fein doesn’t speak for Ireland

    There’s one thing Sinn Fein can’t get enough of and it’s Unionist disarray. They tried the whole bomb-made uncertainty thing and that didn’t work, so now they’re surreptitiously spreading uncertainty by legally minded means. And they love it (see here). There’s no better fodder for the Sinn Fein PR machine than unionist protests,…