The new arrivals who have joined us in Belfast over the last decade tend to (perhaps understandably) keep a low profile, however one familiar figure from the streets of East Belfast did make an appearance on national radio this week.
Wilson Magwere, a Zimbabwean musician and political refugee (sort it out Home Office) from the Mugabe regime, featured this week on Radio 4’s “Lives in a Landscape” series.
Having rocked the iconic Pigstock Festival last month, he’ll be playing tomorrow at the City Hall with his band at the culmination of the Belfast Lord Mayor’s Festival.
The theme of this year’s parade is “One World, One Future, One Vision” which sounds suspiciously like the opening line of a *tune* that Flash Harry Hamilton may be blasting out later at the same venue.
Despite the threat from the organisers that there will be also an outburst of “creativity” included amongst the festivities, it’s probably still worth popping along to.
A UK Unionist and also confirmed devo-sceptic.
I believe the creation of devolved “governments” in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, along with the corresponding unsolved “English Question”, has weakened that Union.
The present-day Conservative Party would be the national party which would come closest to representing my political beliefs. I have previously belonged to the “Friends of the Conservatives” and the UUP but am no longer connected with either party.
Outside of my Unionism, I consider myself as an economic libertarian, social liberal and secularist- e’g. am pro-choice, anti-schools segregated on the grounds of (parents’) religious beliefs.
Very suspicious of NI’s Human Rights’ Oligarchy (in particular the NIHRC) and hope to be writing on this topic, as well as wider UK and European political issues.