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Forget ethnic thematics: a straightforward response to Billy Hutchinson

Sat 22 March 2014, 8:10pm

Tweet Billy Hutchinson’s explanation for his sectarian murders has been covered below by David McCann. Unfortunately they degenerate into concepts like “Truth recovery”, “ethnic thematics” and such like. The News Letter have provided somewhat more direct responses. From the News Letter: Kenny Donaldson of Innocent Victims United said that Mr Hutchinson’s attempted justification of his […] more »

Mr Hutchinson and Ethnic Thematics by Cillian McGrattan

Wed 19 March 2014, 6:06pm

Tweet This a guest post on Billy Hutchinson’s recent interview by Dr.Cillian McGrattan of the University of Ulster When it comes to dealing with the past, the PUP have often been seen as one of the more upfront political parties – that is, less inclined to indulge in ideological double-think, smug condescension or obfuscation about […] more »

PUP Conference encouraged to be self-critical; recognises another marginalised community & adopts pro-Equal Marriage policy

Sun 13 October 2013, 9:05am
Billy Hutchinson speech

Tweet The PUP conference left Belfast this year and headed to Brownlow House in Lurgan. More motions, more members speaking up to propose or support those motions, more women, more men in suits and ties, more delegates than recent years with lots of new faces from the new Mid-Ulster branch. If was a conference that […] more »

More #Twaddell: DUP, dupes and duplicity.

Mon 30 September 2013, 12:56pm

Tweet The onus is now upon nationalism to show leadership and to respond positively to this genuine attempt to reach accommodation. They must face down the elements in their community who wish to drag Northern Ireland back. So says DUP ‘leader’ Peter Robinson, but presumably not in reference to his party members who were advocating […] more »

The PUL Community and the Peace Process: An Audit

Tue 21 May 2013, 8:35am
PSA working class loyalism  workshop

Tweet The third session of the all day PSA/Fellowship of Messines workshop – Has the Protestant Working Class lost out in the Peace Process? – looked at the peace process through the eyes of two loyalist leaders and an academic. Strong views on the Social Investment Fund, how paramilitary actions gave unionists confidence in the […] more »

Billy Hutchinson: talking at rallies and protests doesn’t necessarily make you a leader

Fri 17 May 2013, 8:30am
Billy Hutchinson

Tweet Billy Hutchinson – leader of the PUP – said during a workshop on Thursday that the media often used the word “loyalist” as a shortcut to mean “criminal”. He quoted the example of a DUP councillor up in court for some misdemeanour who was described in a newspaper as a “loyalist” rather than a […] more »

PUP conference – Irish language, welfare reform, parading, Matt Baggott and the leader’s speech

Sat 13 October 2012, 10:04pm
Billy Hutchinson - newly elected as PUP leader

Tweet Today was Billy Hutchinson’s second conference as leader of the Progressive Unionist Party. His taking over the reins last year was seen as a last gasp attempt to keep the party open for business. The number of people attending the conference was up this year: I’d estimate a hundred people were in the Ramada […] more »

Round-up of the PUP conference (including audio from speeches)

Sun 16 October 2011, 9:00am
Billy Hutchinson speaking after taking over as PUP leader

Tweet The Progressive Unionist Party’s annual conference was held on Saturday morning in the large conference room in City East this morning. About 60 people attended. This year exhibitors hadn’t been invited, curtailing a conference revenue stream, but also keeping the focus on party business. I’ve a theory that most party conferences are identifiable from […] more »

Billy Hutchinson is the new Progressive Unionist Party leader

Sat 15 October 2011, 2:12pm
Billy Hutchinson - newly elected as PUP leader

Tweet Billy Hutchinson was the only nomination for leadership and was elected unopposed at this morning’s Progressive Unionist Party conference held in East Belfast. You can watch his first interview as leader and hear his comments on what the PUP stand for, where the party is going and whether the PUP has the energy to […] more »

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