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  • US elections, historical settlement and political polling in Northern Ireland
    on Nov 18, 2012 in Uncategorized
    Ian Parsley is a well known commentator, particularly on welfare reform, economic development and constitutional matters. Having strongly supported the Conservatives and Unionists project at the 2010 General Election, where he stood against Lady Herm...
  • Better Together: must do better
    on Nov 17, 2012 in Uncategorized
    ‘Unity’ is the administrator of Do Not Break Our Unity. It is one of the larger pro-Union Facebook pages and the keystone page of the ‘Britain United’ e-campaign. All the media’s news stories on the referendum appear to accompa...
  • Stronger, Better, Safer: Together
    on Nov 16, 2012 in Uncategorized
    Back in September we reported about various union-related happenings at the Conservative Party conference, including a speech by Dr Liam Fox at an event entitled “In Defence of the Realm”, about the impact of separation on defence and how...
  • SNP’s Holyrood majority not built on independence
    on Nov 15, 2012 in Uncategorized
    Nathan Wilson an undergraduate politics student at the University of Strathclyde. He is particularly interested in areas concerning contemporary British governance and passionately believes that Scotland should remain a part of the United Kingdom. As...
  • Head and Heart
    on Nov 14, 2012 in Uncategorized
    There are two dimensions to the Scottish independence debate: the head, and the heart. If the pro-UK campaign is to win, it must appeal to both. Up until now Better Together has focused mainly on the head, but this changed last week when Alistair Dar...
  • Armistice Day: Remembering what Scots fought for
    on Nov 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
    In small Scottish towns there is usually a memorial with a kilted soldier listing the names of the people from that town who died fighting in the First World War. Often the names of those who died in the Second World War are added. We are supposed to...
  • Armistice Day: The Wars Remembered
    on Nov 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
    Andrew Charles is a regular writer for Open Unionism. He is a PhD Research student at Queen’s University Belfast, looking at peace processes in Northern Ireland and Cyprus. This weekend we remember the sacrifice paid by so many men and women of...
  • Armistice Day: Remembrance 2012
    on Nov 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
    “O’Neill” is the Social Media Editor of Open Unionism, and former author of A Pint of Unionist Lite. An Armistice Day article from a “Northern Irish perspective”; when Henry asked me to write this,  I really wondered what...
  • Armistice Day: The Poppy in the South
    on Nov 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
    Eoin Ó Drisceoil is a Director of the European Youth Parliament Ireland and Chairman of the Trinity College Dublin branch of Young Fine Gael, youth of the major party in the Irish governing coalition. He is a student of History and Politics with a...
  • Armistice Day: Six Weeks to Peace
    on Nov 11, 2012 in Uncategorized
    Dr Keith Redmond is a dentist in Dublin and a presenter on @nearfm. He can be found on twitter @DrKeithRedmond. Today, November 11th, while remembering the dead of all wars, we specifically commemorate together the end of World War One. However, six...
  • Scottish Labour must revitalise itself for the good of the Union
    on Nov 10, 2012 in Uncategorized
    Ben Wilson is a Labour Member from the West Midlands, currently studying for his Masters in Psychology. He believes unionism is important since it has united the people of the British Isles and has left us all with a shared culture and history. Earli...
  • State of the Union: November 2012
    on Nov 8, 2012 in Uncategorized
    State of the Union is Open Unionism’s monthly newsletter. In it we put the best articles from the previous month as well as a round-up of the most interesting union-related news and commentary from around the web. It is emailed to all pro-union...
  • Self-determination and the Union
    on Nov 8, 2012 in Uncategorized
    Scottish nationalists may have hoped that Scotland would be the next independent country in Europe, but another independence movement has recently come to prominence, threatening to beat them to it. While in Edinburgh five thousand people turned out...
  • Sir James Craig MP – NI’s first Prime Minister
    on Nov 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
    This article follows the other papers on the Ulster Covenant and Ulster Crisis of 1912 and Sir Edward Carson – Leader of Unionism 1910-21. — Sir James Craig In 1973 the Kilbrandon Royal Commission on the Constitution observed that ‘the...
  • Irish Nationalism still to complete divorce from terrorism
    on Nov 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
    Ian Parsley is a well known commentator, particularly on welfare reform, economic development and constitutional matters. Having strongly supported the Conservatives and Unionists project at the 2010 General Election, where he stood against Lady Herm...
  • The 51st State: Puerto Rico chooses union
    on Nov 7, 2012 in Uncategorized
    Lost amidst the media frenzy of last night’s Presidential election, another important ballot took place for the United States. The island of Puerto Rico, a long-term territory of the US, held a two-part referendum on changing its relationship w...
  • Sir Edward Carson – Leader of Unionism
    on Nov 6, 2012 in Uncategorized
    The following continues on from my paper on the Ulster Covenant and Ulster Crisis of 1912. This paper is on Sir Edward Carson, the Leader of Unionism 1910-21. Sir James Craig MP will follow tomorrow at 12 noon. — Sir … Continue reading &#...
  • The SNP threatens unionism not only in Scotland
    on Nov 5, 2012 in Uncategorized
    I realised recently how ignorant I was about the history of Northern Ireland, when 30,000 Ulstermen recently marched to commemorate the Ulster Covenant of 1912. I was barely aware that such a covenant even existed, let alone that it should … Co...
  • The Ulster Covenant and the Ulster Crisis of 1912
    on Nov 5, 2012 in Uncategorized
    The following is a paper which originates from a talk on the Ulster Covenant. I have two more contributions on both Sir Edward Carson and Sir James Craig to follow tomorrow and Wednesday in that order, so stay tuned! —- … Continue reading...
  • The “Ifs”, “Buts”, “Whats” and “Whys” Separatists would Rather not Think About
    on Nov 5, 2012 in Uncategorized
    “Yes to the UK” is a blog dedicated to keeping the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland together, run by a passionate (Scottish) unionist as a forum for presenting the case for Union.  It is intended to highlight the many ̷...
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