Northern Ireland Archive

  • Faith, Belief and Fundamentalism (19 October 2015)

      The 37th Corbishley Lecture will be delivered by Lord John Alderdice  on “Faith, Belief and Fundamentalism” on Monday 19 October 2015 will be in the basement Conference Hall of Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3RB  (around the back from Europe House in Smith Square). […]

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  • A German decision that sets back Europe

    News reaches me of a rather strange decision by the German constitutional court regarding the elections to the European Parliament. The ruling is forcing a change in the way in which Germany elects its MEPs. The decision is strange not because it is inconsistent with […]

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  • Language is political

    Further to the story from Israel, here’s another example of how language takes on a political dimension.  A scheme to promote the use of the Irish language has been launched in Northern Ireland by the govenrment’s culture minister, Carál Ní Chuilín (Sinn Féin, as you […]

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  • Peace and security are still not the same thing

    Given that the Hamas government in Gaza considers itself to be at war with Israel, it is hardly surprising that Israel seeks to enforce an arms embargo against Gaza. All the complaints about an Israeli violation of international law in stopping and searching the aid […]

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  • Connected

    One of the basic laws of ecology is that everything is connected to everything else. The same is true in federalism. I was prompted to write this by a news report today that Jack McConnell, First Minister in Scotland, had been invited by Northern Ireland […]

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  • Steps towards federalism in the UK

    By Ernest Wistrich The election of a Labour government in 1997 signalled the start of major constitutional reform. Until then the United Kingdom had operated one of Europe’s most centralised systems of government. The constitutional changes proposed in the Labour party manifesto ranged from the […]

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