Peering into a crystal ball however cloudy is as irresistible for the curious voter as the compulsive gambler. Favourable predictions for the Conservatives range from an overall majority of over 100 to fewer MPs than May won in 2017 but still the largest party. Serious hopes of a Labour majority are round about nil. They are likely to need the support on some basis of minority parties, the SNP, the Lib Dems and who knows? – even the DUP. Johnson’s … Read more
The role and responsibilities of media in divided societies. Discuss. by Allan LEONARD 8 November 2019 A two-day international conference examined the role that media plays in divided societies and in creating more peaceful and stable communities. Organised by the Social Change Initiative in partnership with Conciliation Resources and the University of Edinburgh’s Political Settlements Research Programme, the event was attended by journalists from South Africa, Colombia, Myanmar, Rwanda, Turkey, the Middle East, the Balkans, Kashmir, Somalia, Syria, Nepal, and … Read more
Also: Prime Minister mocked over claims Ulster goods won’t face checks; and he takes a tough line on Scottish independence as Corbyn swithers.
As we champion the Union, we need to recognise that each nation is having a subtly different conversation with itself about its future.
Lord Caine has projected a plan that would allow proceedings into suspected Troubles-related offences only if certificates are issued by senior legal figures.
The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill will make no further progress before the general election. The Bill is […]
This is the second of a three-part ConHome mini-series from Policy Exchange on the judges, public policy and the election.
Considering Grace: An invitation to listen by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News 5 November 2019 Considering Grace, by Gladys Ganiels and Jamie Yohanis, is a new book that explores how Presbyterians responded to the Troubles, through a series of narratives from 120 people who tell their stories of how they coped with trauma and tests of their faith. The book was launched with a set of readings and short presentations at Assembly Buildings, Belfast, to an audience of several … Read more
The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill is intended to give effect in the UK to the Withdrawal Agreement […]
As anger over Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement grows, one group of unionists has put out an “anti-betrayal act” poster. It sums up the current state of unionism. The poster portrays a baying mob with pitchforks. Apparently all unionist men dress like junior members of The Bar Library and work in an office. The language used is macho and patriarchal. There are no women on the poster, presumably because they’re all at home rolling their eyes. The poster comes at a … Read more
A December election in Northern Ireland could therefore turn, in a manner of speaking, into a referendum on the agreement.
The first phase may have been the most fraught, but Johnson’s deal leaves lots to do – and many decisions to make – in the next stage.
The Johnson-Cummings disdain of Parliament echoes Oliver Cromwell’s struggles with the institution. Brendan O’Duffy (Queen Mary University of London) discusses how Cromwell’s second tenure as Lord Protector tried to establish an ‘Anglo-British’ nation that bears a resemblance to the vision espoused by hard Brexiters. In his admiring review of Graham Allison’s Destined for War, Dominic Cummings discussed the logic of […]
The result of a general election next month would by no means be a foregone conclusion.
The ignorance of many MPs and ministers towards the state of seaside communities is particularly surprising as coastal constituencies elect a quarter of all MPs.
Culture is a key part of the nation’s cohesiveness, and should not be forgotten.
When the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by Theresa May was debated in the House of Commons many Conservative MPs argued that they could not vote for an arrangement that would treat Northern Ireland differently from Great Britain. The revised deal negotiated by Boris Johnson envisages far greater divergence within the UK, yet is far more popular among Conservatives. Jack Sheldon and […]
The infamous ‘backstop’ is gone, but the new Irish Protocol could lead to the indefinite jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union within the United Kingdom, writes Oliver Garner (British Institute of International and Comparative Law). The new Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in the Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union differs from the previous […]
This is Ireland’s deal as much as the UK’s. So the Taoiseach has an interest in assisting the Prime Minister over extension.
Should the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, as negotiated by the Johnson administration, go through it will represent an astonishing victory for Ireland, writes Conor Gearty (LSE). But what of Britain, he asks? One of the undesirable aspects of the Brexit affair has been the way it is forcing so many of us back into the national silos from which we thought we had escaped. […]
The first in a mini-series on Strenghtening the Union in the wake of Johnson’s Brexit deal.
TW: This article contains references to sexual and domestic violence. On the 24th October 2017, the UK Supreme Court considered Northern Ireland’s abortion laws. The case was taken by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. In its judgment on the 7th June 2018, the Court found that the Commission did not have standing to take the case but found, obiter, that Northern Ireland’s laws breached Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights. The High Court in Belfast made … Read more
Overall, most English voters would rather keep the Union together if it were up to them – though they recognise it isn’t up to them.
Saturday’s vote on Oliver Letwin’s amendment stopped Super Saturday dead in its tracks. We had an opportunity to move on. Parliament decided to stand still. I‘m very fond of Oliver Letwin but his amendment was misguided. It withholds Commons’ approval of the Prime Minister’s deal until further laws to leave the EU have been passed. […]
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Last week 31 MLAs including the DUP, TUV and UUP signed a petition and sent it to the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly. That petition has led to a recall of the institutions. Tomorrow, the Assembly will sit for the first time since the death of Martin McGuinness. The prospect of the Assembly meeting again has many people raising questions. Can MLAs stop the introduction same sex marriage and abortion reform? Is there any prospect of a government being … Read more
Another epochal day, another delay, another battle in court looms. Brexit is like constitutional tantricism, endlessly failing to reach its end. Having been defeated again Boris Johnson says he will not request an extension to Brexit, pleading: “…
The narrative amongst many who are sympathetic (or enthusiastic) about Brexit seems to be that Boris Johnson’s deal is miles better than the previous iteration delivered under Theresa May. Comparatively, Johnson’s deal trumps May’s. I agree, but let’s go a step further. This is a good deal, outright, in itself, regardless of comparison. It is […]
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In politics, every day is not just an adventure, but more than often a journey into the unknown. Every day I, like so many others, wake up and go through my quotidian ritual of checking news apps, which generally swing my mood between the ever-changing highs and lows of deal or no deal; leave or […]
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MPs are to be faced with the choice of voting for Boris Johnson’s new deal with the EU, including the completely new Northern Ireland Protocol. 1. Is this a revamped May Deal? Some have suggested that Boris Johnson’s deal is simply a revamped version of Theresa May’s deal. That is emphatically not the case. The […]
There have been compromises on both sides and the DUP says it cannot support the new Withdrawal Agreement. But what’s actually in it and what’s new?