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The Creed-Crazed Cleric that Backwardised Northern Ireland

Brian John Spencer | Posted 16.09.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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.

Gerry Adams Receives 'Credible' Death Threat

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK

Gerry Adams has been warned of a "credible" death threat, Sinn Fein said. The party blamed those opposed to the peace process for the message, whic...

Dear George Michael, Please Can We Have the Song Back?

Brian John Spencer | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

People of Northern Ireland resist this while you can. Loyalism is sending Northern Ireland to hell in a handcart and you can't do anything about it. By their formula, they have the whip-hand over you and you can say absolutely nothing.

Northern Ireland Loyalists Aren't British, They're Brutish

Brian John Spencer | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Here's the problem. Not only is there is no political opposition against dysfunction in the Northern Ireland Assembly. There's also no civic opposition against dysfunction on the streets of Northern Ireland. The best and the moderates lack all conviction. The worst are full of riotous passion.

Northern Ireland Politicians Use Past Pain for Political Gain

Brian John Spencer | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Firstly, Northern Ireland is not your normal western liberal democracy. As Mick Fealty said, there exists two worlds in Northern Ireland. One is progressive, cosmopolitan, tolerant, ambitious. The other is a minority that extorts, blackmails and wields arbitrary power over a moderate majority. The politicians are complicit with these economic vandals and thugs.

Am I Living in Ireland or Iran?

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

Because I'm from Northern Ireland, support the Union with Great Britain and identify myself as a cultural Protestant, I can't be a proper Irish person. That my friend is racism, jingoism and xenophobia - defined.

An Open Letter from Northern Ireland

Brian John Spencer | Posted 31.12.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The context is this. The most cynical and sinister elements in NI society have been very violent and vocal over the last year, at huge cost to the local economy and at huge damage to the reputation of the province.

Stand Up for Northern Ireland's Tahrir Square

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, autocratic, aberrant sectarian mill. ...

Northern Ireland Mortar 'Had Helicopter Target'

PA | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK

A bid by dissident republicans to attack a police helicopter near the Irish border may have been foiled, it emerged tonight. A mortar device pointi...

Northern Ireland's Shame - Not In My Name

Brian John Spencer | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Yes, young people in Northern Ireland aren't truly free. Religiosity and violence has retarded our education system, segregated communities and minds into green and orange, and viciously retarded the economy.

NI21 Gives a Political Voice to the Normal Northern Ireland

Brian John Spencer | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

I don't know whether NI21 can 'Change the Face of Northern Irish Politics'. But there is one thing I'm sure of. And it's this: Northern Ireland's newest party, NI21 finally gives a political voice to the exciting, ambitious, global class of Northern Ireland.

Belfast: A Tale of Two Cities

Jilly Luke | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jilly Luke

The working class enclaves in inner-city Belfast have soaring poverty and joblessness rates. Once the voice of hardline unionism, the DUP has become increasingly mainstream and is seen to represent these communities less and less, with a similar process happening on the other side of the political divide.

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.

Sinn Fein: Ireland's Ukip

Brian John Spencer | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Sinn Fein now want a border poll. Instead of focusing on growing the economy, creating jobs, establishing economic stability and rebuilding Ireland's credibility abroad - which everyone wants - they're now focusing on re-opening the old debate and picking an old wound - which very few want.

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?

Northern Ireland: A Divided Society That Can't Even Share Rory McIlroy

Brian John Spencer | Posted 05.03.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

So little has been achieved and so much of the old has continued since 1998 - a year when Northern Ireland was supposed to have entered a new dawn - that we cant even share our greatest living son.

Loyalists Launch New Attacks On Police

PA | Posted 17.12.2012 | UK

Politicians were threatened on Monday night during a council meeting in Northern Ireland when a small group of loyalists stormed the building. Ther...

Belfast Riots Are the Symptom of a Community Left Behind

Brian John Spencer | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The ugly scenes of rioting that have returned to Belfast's streets 14 years after the signing of the peace agreement are a sorry sight. But they tell a story of poor political leadership and of a demographic section of society left behind.

Loyalists Petrol Bomb Police Car in Belfast

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.12.2012 | UK

Loyalists tried to kill a police officer when they set fire to his patrol car in Belfast on Monday. A gang of 15 men tossed a petrol bomb into the ...

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.