Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Paradox of “Free Speech”

In a previous article I’d written – inspired by the debate surrounding the petition to ban Donald Trump from entering the UK – I discussed the nature of free speech and what its genuine protection actually entails. I also made a (somewhat qualified) defence of the protection of “hate speech” and suggested that if governmental […]

The Double Standard Inherent to UK Establishment Claims That Trump Is Merely A “Fool”

Having watched some of the UK parliamentary debate from Westminster Hall that had been scheduled as a result of the public petition to ban Donald Trump from entering the UK, the hypocrisy inherent to the thinking of many who would not object to Trump’s presence in the UK, but who would object to the presence of others, who are […]

PUP’s Billy Hutchinson Suggests Irish Football Eligibility Rooted in FIFA Corruption

Last week, the Belfast City Council discussed and approved the motion to invite the Republic of Ireland football team to Belfast City Hall for a civic reception with the Northern Ireland team to celebrate the simultaneous qualification of the two sides for Euro 2016. Whilst numerous councillors – nationalist, unionist and non-aligned – contributed to the debate, […]

The Fuss over Inviting the Ireland Football Team to Belfast: A Problem of Trust and Respect

Last Tuesday, the 5th of January, the motion proposed at Belfast City Council to invite the two Irish international-level football teams to a joint civic reception at Belfast City Hall on account of both teams’ qualification for Euro 2016 was upheld. Amendment proposals forwarded by the Ulster Unionist Party and Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) were defeated by […]

Inviting the Two Irish International Football Teams to Belfast City Hall

Tonight, Belfast City Council will vote to uphold a motion put forward by councillor Declan Boyle of the SDLP (and seconded by Niall Ó Donnghaile of Sinn Féin) to invite the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland football teams to a joint civic reception at Belfast City Hall in celebration of both teams’ qualification for Euro 2016 in France this summer. This […]