Ian Paisley

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."

Northern Ireland - No Satire, No Hope

Brian John Spencer | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

We don't have a political opposition in Northern Ireland. We have one giant, self-serving, aberrant sectarian mill. Young people don't have jobs or a meaningful future and talking-clock politicians debating the tribal politics of Protestant versus Catholic. A remarkable historical anachronism in these days of enlightenment.

Northern Ireland's 15th Birthday Present and Reward for Unruliness: A Handsome Cash Transfer

Brian John Spencer | Posted 29.06.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Fifteen years ago Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and other statesmen mediated the un-mediatable and created the Northern Ireland that we know today. Some see the bargain as a grand failure. The creation of a parochial sectarian state suspended in a form of purgatory with a bloody history and no future.

Gerry Adams' Comment on Thatcher Comes from a Party of Protest, not a Party of Policy

Brian John Spencer | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

While it would be wrong to suggest that the Irish are big fans of Thatcher, the majority want to see her off with respect. And a great many Irish have done so. Including the current Taoiseach Enda Kenny and current President Michael D Higgins.

Young People: the Inefficient Allocation of Human Resources

Brian John Spencer | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Brian John Spencer

Excuse the clumsy proverb, but the message is simple: whether the economy is up or down it's simply not enough for young people just to be exam-passing desk monkeys. Young people need to have real world smarts as well as book smarts.

The Northern Ireland of Old Hasn't Gone Away, You Know

Brian John Spencer | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Ever since the Good Friday peace agreement of 1998, parties on both side of the divide have, albeit slowly, attempted to move things forward. And forward things have moved, as I explained at the start. However, a critical demographic have been left behind: the working class and the radicals within.

Northern Irish Is the New Irish

Brian John Spencer | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Should people in Northern Ireland start to see themselves less as strictly British or Irish and more pragmatically as Northern Irish?

The Problem With Being as Much British as Irish

Brian John Spencer | Posted 15.01.2013 | Home
Brian John Spencer

For any Northern Ireland protestant feeling out of place in Ireland you should read the words of Belfast's famous poet John Hewitt. He made it clear that any Northern Ireland Protestant or hardworking immigrant has as much right to call themselves Irish.

Reflections on Edward Carson and the 100th Anniversary of the Ulster Covenant

Brian John Spencer | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

This weekend Northern Ireland's unionists are celebrating the life of Sir Edward Carson and the centenary of the signing of the Ulster Solemn League and Covenant.

Why the UK Owes US Senator George Mitchell a Debt of Gratitude

Brian John Spencer | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Look back only 15 to 20 years and you would see a British Isles stalked by social unrest and political uncertainty. Northern Ireland was at the heart of the disquiet.

Theresa Villiers Needs to Do a Mo Mowlam

Brian John Spencer | Posted 13.11.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Northern Ireland is in making the headlines again. So you know what that means: bad news.

Man Arrested For Photographing Ian Paisley In Hospital Bed

PA | Posted 26.04.2012 | UK Politics

A man has been arrested on suspicion of taking a picture of Ian Paisley in his hospital bed. The 85-year-old former Northern Ireland First Minister...

Ian Paisley's Family Keep Bedside Vigil

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.02.2012 | UK Politics

Ian Paisley's family are maintaining a bedside vigil as the 85-year-old remains in intensive care, according to reports on Tuesday. The former Nort...

Ian Paisley Rushed To Hospital

PA | Posted 07.04.2012 | UK

The Rev Ian Paisley, the former Northern Ireland First Minister, has been admitted to hospital, it was revealed today. He was rushed to the Ulster ...

Ian Paisley Ailing To Hospital

PA | Posted 07.04.2012 | UK

The Rev Ian Paisley was in intensive care on Monday evening after suffering acute cardiac problems. The former Northern Ireland First Minister was ...

Paisley Bows Out: But the Voice Lives on

Brian John Spencer | Posted 01.04.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Last Friday night was quite the occasion over here in Belfast when more than 3000 people came together from all over Northern Ireland and beyond in order to pay their respects to the big man with the once biggest voice in Northern Ireland politics, the Reverend Ian Paisley (85), who has now stood down from the full time ministry.