Tag Archives: Loyalism

The threat of Ulster Unionist fragmentation

David Ervine, one of the mainstays of progressive Unionism before he died prematurely, used to decry the tendency of people in his East Belfast community to look at their boots, rather than at the sky; to look down rather than up, to think about how bad things are instead of how good they could be. […]

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American militias and loyalist disturbance: similar root causes?

In Northern Ireland it’s not just the police who fatigue after consecutive nights of disorder. Such prolonged violence usually also outlasts the initial volleys of angry hot air, finger pointing and condemnation that eventually whimper into a sort of depressed acceptance. Such is our thirst for drama, for fury and a world of blacks and […]

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Making sense of the latest violence in Northern Ireland

A week after the British Foreign Office summoned the Israeli Ambassador to demand Israel rescind its decision to build 3000 new homes in occupied Palestinian zones, a nagging problem in Britain’s own backyard flared up again, leaving the FCO and its indignation looking more than a little hypocritical. After a week in which police in […]

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What we can learn from Belfast: former combatants and shades of grey

At the beginning of September I wrote about the violence following a parading dispute in North Belfast, in the aftermath of which police and community leaders raised fears of a repeat during the centennial commemorations of the signing of the Ulster Covenant at the end of September. In the event, however, these fears were not […]

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Beginner’s guide to new groups on Britain’s far right

With the rapid decline in the British National Party’s (BNP) electoral fortunes, and with the English Defence League now counting their demonstrators in the hundreds as supposed to the thousands (did you see our survey?), it may look as though Britain’s far-right has gone quiet. The failure of the far right to capitalise on the […]

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United Kingdom Tracker 11.10.12

UTV: Antrim attacks ‘part of loyalist feud’: The High Court has heard that rival loyalist paramilitaries have carried out beatings and gun attacks on homes as part of an ongoing feud in Northern Ireland. “Prosecutors revealed 26 incidents in the last four months are being linked to a dispute between the Ulster Volunteer Force and Loyalist […]

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