CfL of Nations

Europe, Scotland

Brexit will weaken Scottish Nationalism and strengthen the Union

Brexit will weaken Scottish Nationalism and strengthen the Union

One of the more pathetic argument deployed by Remainers before the EU referendum was the notion that a vote for Leave would endanger the union by alienating Scotland, supposedly a EUphile bastion, and thus fan the flames of Scottish Nationalism. According to Labour’s Remainer in chief, Alan Johnson, if the […]

by × June 25, 2017 ×

#GE4L, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland could be sold short unless we shout about the merits of Brexit

Northern Ireland could be sold short unless we shout about the merits of Brexit

On 23 June 2016 a small miracle happened in Northern Ireland. Despite polls placing the percentage of Northern Irish voters who were going to vote to leave the European Union at 13% in late 2015 and just 26% in the days before the referendum, 44% of Northern Irish voters turned […]

by × May 3, 2017 ×

Scotland

Don’t forget the importance of the Union: Why conserving the UK must be our top priority

Don’t forget the importance of the Union: Why conserving the UK must be our top priority

History, especially that section of history which passes into the national consciousness, is rarely fair. That is why it’s entirely possible that the present Government will be remembered, above all else, as the administration which lost the Union. The exact Brexit deal which is agreed, and its wider impact, will […]

by × April 3, 2017 ×

Scotland

I voted Remain; but I still oppose a second Scottish referendum

I voted Remain; but I still oppose a second Scottish referendum

There’s a cartoon floating about the Remain pages on Facebook just now. The strip depicts a Brexiteer galleon sailing towards a precipice while the canny Scottish crew-members have liberated a skiff and are making for the shores of the European Union. There are two things wrong with this sketch; firstly, […]

by × March 30, 2017 ×

Elections, Northern Ireland

Haven’t we tired of the annual Sham Fight yet?

Haven’t we tired of the annual Sham Fight yet?

If you’re familiar with Northern Irish culture then you’ll no doubt have heard of the Sham Fight. Each 13th July, those of a sober disposition, and whose Twelfth is therefore enjoyed with ice cream and the like, join those who can manage a third consecutive day on the drink in […]

by × February 7, 2017 ×

Northern Ireland

Whatever government touches…RHI through a different lens

DUP strategists hoping that the arrival of Christmas would bring them a gift in the form of a petering out of the RHI saga will have been disappointed when the affair re-erupted after a brief interlude over the holiday. On Thursday evening, a letter to the bosses of local banks, […]

by × December 30, 2016 ×

Law & Order, News, Northern Ireland

HMP Maghaberry is a national disgrace

Maghaberry is a place where every prison cliché comes to life. Set in the bleak countryside atop a former RAF airfield about twenty miles from Belfast, you can’t help but be filled with a great sense of foreboding as you approach. Walking from the visitors’ car park the full complex […]

by × December 21, 2016 ×

Scotland

CfL Scotland launches

CfL Scotland launches

CfL in Scotland is officially up and running after our launch at the Trout Anglers Club in Edinburgh. With over 40 people attending and lots of sound conversations taking place, time, giving us great hope for the future. We even had a few people who weren’t members of the Conservative […]

by × December 5, 2016 ×

Scotland

Another blow for cultural nationalism

Back when I was younger and somehow had more money, I spent a good deal of it watching Rangers. Everywhere, anywhere. In time, I ended up living 400 miles away from Ibrox and despite the presence of a local supporters’ club that would make the journey up the road, the […]

by × November 2, 2016 ×

Northern Ireland

The Ashers case – how everybody missed the point completely

The Ashers case – how everybody missed the point completely

I had a very revealing conversation this morning. While browsing the three main regional newspapers a colleague asked me, as colleagues do, if there was anything in the news today? Quiet, I said, but the Asher’s verdict is due later and that will generate days of headlines. “Ah”, they replied, […]

by × October 24, 2016 ×

Northern Ireland

It’s time for Northern Ireland to equalise marriage

It’s time for Northern Ireland to equalise marriage

As I was making preparations to go to my first ever Party Conference, I stumbled upon an advertisement for a fringe event that took me by surprise. It was a DUP champagne reception at our party conference. My shock gave way to antipathy. I could not comprehend why a political […]

by × October 19, 2016 ×

Events, Scotland

CfL Scotland launches in Edinburgh

CfL Scotland launches in Edinburgh

And blythe we’ll sing, and hail the day That gave us liberty, man. Scotland has never needed liberty more so our Scottish branch will launch on 18th November, 7pm at the Trout Anglers Club in Edinburgh. Our second regional branch to formally launch, CfL Scotland is being headed up by […]

by × October 8, 2016 ×