Northern Ireland

Liberty, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s same-sex marriage shame

Northern Ireland’s same-sex marriage shame

This afternoon Northern Ireland’s illustrious political class took part in a meaningless debate. The issue of legalising same-sex marriage came before the Assembly as the result of a motion by Sinn Fein and SDLP MLAs which simply called for “the Executive to table legislation to allow for same-sex marriage”. The […]

by × November 2, 2015 ×

Northern Ireland

Things Northern Irish politicians waste my  money on (part three)

Things Northern Irish politicians waste my
money on (part three)

Invest NI sounds like a wonderful thing. It’s a quango, of sorts, that exists purely to ‘support’ the growth and expansion of Northern Irish businesses; particularly those that export abroad. To do this they give grants to employ new staff, support market appraisals and create business plans. And when a […]

by × October 11, 2015 ×

Northern Ireland

Things Northern Irish politicians waste my  money on (part two)

Things Northern Irish politicians waste my
money on (part two)

By Peter Wilson It seems like most people on Twitter are only there to be outraged. Having a proper understanding of the correct role of government in a forward-moving society, and living in Northern Ireland, I am outraged all the time. This week my attention was drawn to a tweet […]

by × September 29, 2015 ×

Northern Ireland

Things Northern Irish politicians waste  my money on (part one)

Things Northern Irish politicians waste
my money on (part one)

A few months ago we touched on the subject of taxpayers subsidising voluntary organisations like the GAA and loyalist bands. Without being drawn on the similarities between the two, or indeed the differences, of which there are arguably many, the fact is that organisations which are voluntary should not be […]

by × September 28, 2015 ×

Conservatism, Northern Ireland

Natalie McAleer: Why I am a Conservative

Natalie McAleer: Why I am a Conservative

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but two years ago, I didn’t know what a Conservative was – I simply knew it was a British political party. Reading my A-level British politics textbooks, I decided I should probably find out, and it took me another month to figure out that the […]

by × August 23, 2015 ×

Northern Ireland

“I’m just out for a pint of milk”: A Sunday in North Belfast

“I’m just out for a pint of milk”: A Sunday
in North Belfast

Sunday mornings are fairly quiet affairs in Belfast at the best of times but yesterday it was even more so. From early on in the day a ring of steel was formed around Royal Avenue as the PSNI moved in to enforce a Parades Commission determination relating to the route […]

by × August 10, 2015 ×

Economic, Northern Ireland

Stormont’s ridiculous transport policy got me fined

Stormont’s ridiculous transport policy
got me fined

A few days ago I returned home from a hard couple of days creating wealth over the water to find a typically large pile of post waiting for me. Sifting through the usual bank statements, bills and special offers my eyes focussed on a manila envelope with an Omagh post […]

by × August 1, 2015 ×

Events, Northern Ireland

CfL NI Launch

CfL NI Launch

CfL in Northern Ireland is officially up and running after our launch at the Ulster Reform Club last week. With over 60 people attending and lots of sound conversations taking place, some people were even heard to say that this was the best political event they’d attended in a long […]

by × July 31, 2015 ×

Liberty, Northern Ireland

Regulate not our sins

Regulate not our sins

An older Conservative member told me a chilling tale recently. During the late 1960s he and a friend, both men of moderate opinions and supportive of the then Prime Minister Terence O’Neill, went along to the Ulster Hall to hear Ian Paisley speak. They knew what they were letting themselves […]

by × July 30, 2015 ×

Northern Ireland

Saving for when you’re sick? Not as daft as it sounds.

Saving for when you’re sick? Not as daft
as it sounds.

I went on Radio Ulster on Tuesday to discuss Conservative not-quite-plans to change the way sick leave is paid for. There wasn’t much detail to go on. Just a mooted idea from Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, that had apparently received the nod from the Prime Minister, to […]

by × July 18, 2015 ×

Liberty, Northern Ireland

Liberty is Northern Ireland’s only hope

Liberty is Northern Ireland’s only hope

In his infamous 1944 work, The Road to Serfdom, FA Hayek warned of the dangers of continuing with war time levels of planning and state control when peace finally arrived. To continue in this war time vein, he claimed, would restrict the freedom of the individual and ultimately, the economic […]

by × July 3, 2015 ×

Northern Ireland, Welfare

Entitlement culture makes no moral or economic sense

Entitlement culture makes no moral or
economic sense

I’ve been searching around for a few examples of the entitlement culture that dominates Northern Ireland’s political life for a few weeks now. Partly because you hear things said that you never see written but partly because since starting CfL in Northern Ireland we’ve wanted to define exactly what we […]

by × July 3, 2015 ×