Brian John Spencer

Fair Fa Ye' David Cameron

Brian John Spencer | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The clash of metropolitan London with course Ulster is stark and ancient. Ulster's loyal citizens have variously been described as the "despised tri...

Stormont 2016 - Changed Utterly, A Forgettable Beauty Is Born

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The dates May 12 and May 19 2016 could go down in history. The moment Northern Ireland politics were normalised or consolidated; the moment the hegemo...

Save Ulster From Obloquy

Brian John Spencer | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Cartoon by Ian Knox. On May 22 2015 Ireland voted YES. Overwhelming, both as a spectacle and an act, all but one Irish county endorsed the plebiscite...

Nobody Knew How Welfare Reform Was Resolved, Now Nobody Knows How It's Unravelling in Northern Ireland

Brian John Spencer | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The Stormont House Agreement materialised on December 23 2015. It was Haass 2.0 striding deep in extra time. The crowd, the press, the bookies saw n...

You Can't Disappear Those You Disagree With

Brian John Spencer | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

It's simple: "The only way of living in a free society is to feel that you have the right to say and do stuff." Said Salman Rushdie. Go figure. Let truth and falsehood grapple. How do we know what is right if we don't know wrong and the case that is made for wrong. Ideas may be distasteful and deeply disagreeable, but we cannot airbrush and disappear that and those people that we disagree with.

The Creed-Crazed Cleric that Backwardised Northern Ireland

Brian John Spencer | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

This is a divided, vivisected Northern Ireland. This is the inheritance of Paisleyism, a noxious, nefarous ideology that broke and bankrupted Northern Ireland for decades and which now stands firm against reconciliation and a plurality of views.

Peter Robinson: 'No Longer Fit for Purpose'

Brian John Spencer | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

We're left with a leader that is devoid of leadership capacity, lumbered with the charisma of a damp rag, the vision of a mole and all the on-camera tact of a 14 year old pubescent man-child. A sepulchral sod. Goodness knows the manner off-camera. So let me say it again, it's the man, not the House, who's no longer fit for purpose.

A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Adults of Northern Ireland From Wrecking Things for the Children

Brian John Spencer | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

We're stuck in some sort of sick, brutal and dispiriting Cold War stalemate; Paralyzed by mutual recrimination and mistrust and under a constant threat of extra-political exchange. Contrary to what James Joyce said, we're still an "outcast from life's feast."