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Tweet The explosion of Dance Culture, fuelled by rave music and Ecstasy, is often credited with being one of the causes for the reduction in football hooliganism in England and Scotland in the late 80s, early 90s. If you follow the popular mythology, then hooligan outfits such as West Ham’s ICF and Millwall’s Bushwackers, overnight swapped [...] more »
Tweet The second (or third, depending who you listen to) most supported club in Northern Ireland will next season be playing against clubs who rarely break 700 as an average home attendance. To put that figure in context, on occasions there are probably more Rangers fans travelling over from Ulster alone to watch their team [...] more »
Tweet After I had submitted my two previous book reviews to him (here and here), Mick suggested I also try one on “my favourite book”. Well, probably one of the most enjoyable and thought-provoking political reads I’ve had over the last couple of years is Billy Bragg’s “The Progressive Patriot”. For those readers not of a certain vintage, Billy [...] more »
Tweet Edinburgh and St Andrews Universities, which are the most popular in Scotland with students from the rest of the UK, have decided to charge £36,000 for a four-year course- their degree courses will be the most expensive in the nation. The SNP’s Education Secretary Mike Russell has (bearing in mind his party is the architect [...] more »
Tweet This was a book that I first reviewed at the same time as “Unionism Decayed” back in 2008. Like Vance’s work, it is the author’s portrayal of a defeated political movement or ideal and as a Unionist it was instructional to read an interpretation of the immediate post-Agreement period from the other side of the [...] more »
Tweet I initially wrote this when the book was first published three years ago; whilst certain elements of it now sound dated, its basic premise that the period of 1997-2007 was a period of irreversible decay for Northern Irish Unionism can still be argued as a valid opinion. My own feeling is that it did [...] more »
Tweet Editor’s note: *See the bottom of the article for an important footnote from Professor O’Flaherty… In last Monday’s Irish Times, we were helpfully informed that “Michael O’Flaherty has carried out much work promoting human rights” which was a relief to read, especially bearing in mind his new position as Monica McWilliams’ replacement at the Northern Ireland Human [...] more »
Tweet Peter Robinson, July 2009: When I first became the leader of the DUP, I stated that one of my objectives would be to increase the confidence and understanding of the Unionist people concerning their history and heritage. My plans for the development of a Unionist Academy are at an advanced stage and will be [...] more »
Tweet Conservative Future (the youth movement of the UK Conservative Party) is presently the largest political organisation on British campuses. Ben Howlett, as a candidate for the post of the organisation’s chairmanship, last year created a major political kerfuffle (OK, make that a kerfuffle within right-of-centre student political circles!) by answering the question posed during [...] more »
“The Committee continues to question whether it is possible to sit in two national legislatures simultaneously”
Tweet Only (as far as I am aware) the NI Conservatives have commented on this- it will be interesting to see what the other more directly affected parties make of it; probably busily sweeping it under the carpet as we speak… Anyway… the Committee on Standards for Public Life released its annual report (pdf) today and it made the following points [...] more »
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