When cherishing equal citizenship falls short on equality

Patrick Corrigan wrote on Slugger yesterday asking “Equal marriage – how long will Northern Ireland’s gay couples have to wait?”. Today the DUP lodged a Petition of Concern against the motion which is to be debated in Stormont on Monday. As Steven Agnew tweeted ” Legislation designed to protect minorities used to prevent the passing of a motion to enhance minority rights”. This on the same day that the DUP were happily celebrating the Ulster Covenant, a document which calls on …

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Why Northern Ireland should say Yes to the Alternative Vote

Is it right that only three of Northern Ireland’s 18 MPs had the backing of over 50% of those who voted last May? Or right that another three had only one in three people vote for them? That is the situation that Northern Ireland found itself in last May after the only election that we place an X on our ballots rather than ranking our candidates by order of preference. On Monday the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) released …

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Is it Time for Politics at UK Level?

As a North Down born Liberal Democrat who is on the approved candidates list for Westminster elections one phrase grated at me from Ian Parsley’s defection statement yesterday. “With a heavy heart, today I left the Alliance Party. I was, however, delighted to join David Cameron’s Conservative Party, and to become involved in politics at a UK level.” Ok there two things there that grate a Lib Dem, there’s also how can it be a delight to join anyone’s Conservative …

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How Far Has Northern Ireland Come on Homosexuality?

I was thinking of writing an article on the issue of gay rights in Northern Ireland since I was spurred upon reading Daniel Radcliffe tell Attitude magazine: “People being up in arms about the idea of gay education in schools. Hello!?! Actually for the one or two kids in the class, it’s f****** vital! It really makes me angry. You’re not going to turn thte straight kids gay by giving them a sex ed class about how to ahve gay …

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This Nipple is suffering reverse rugby culture shock

Living as I do only a 30 minute train ride out from Edinburgh my insatiable thirst for Rugby is easily satisfied at Scotland’s national stadium. Though my Scottish friends have threatened to ban me attending 6 Nations games if our lads in green keep winning. However, this weekend for me, a political activist, is just the two weekends before the voting in the Euro elections so I was heading into town for more campaigning. So I trundled down for the …

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My Life as a NIPPLE 1: An Introduction

“So you’re a Nipple then?” I’d barely been sat at the desk in my first job in Edinburgh when this question was asked. I wondered what insinuation I was missing out on. Was there something about my appearance that indicated a certain sexual kink ? Quickly I checked my attire to ensure that my chest had not inexplicably become exposed. Obviously none of this took place quickly enough. Or the blank look of confusion gave it away. After all my …

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