Author: Danny Rigg

Far-right Mersey Nationalists hope to march in Liverpool

A group of far-right protesters – Mersey Nationalists – are set to hold a demonstration in Derby Square, Liverpool tomorrow Sunday 9 December from 9am. Counter-demonstrators will be meeting them there. The last far-right rally in the city on 3 November ended when the fewer than ten Frontline Patriots abandoned their efforts in the face of overwhelming numbers of counter-protesters outside Moorfields station. Counter-protesters then reclaimed the streets, marching through the city to Lime Street Station where they then dispersed. Here is what happened on 3 November: Groups such as Merseyside Together, Merseyside Anti-Fascist Network, Unite Against Fascism (UAF),...

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Guild hosts first Black Leadership Conference

On Saturday 24 November, the first Black Leadership Conference took place at the University of Liverpool, organised by Guild Vice-President Esther Bukoye who delivered the keynote speech. The day was made up of workshops led by Dr Tony Sewell CBE, Irene Afful MSc, Jason Pitter QC, Dr Christienna Fryar and DR Johnson Ajayi, and culminated in a panel discussion titled Black in Industry. The panel was hosted by Alex Anush of the Liverpool Debating Union who also moderated the Black History Month Debate. This was the first Black Leadership Conference held by the Guild of Students, and panellist Dr Ajayi, an obstetrician-gynaecologist, says...

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Bertie Ahern: Irish Prime Minister (1997-2008) | Interview

Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland from 1997 to 2008, leader of Fianna Fáil (1994-2008) and TD (MP) for Dublin-Finglas and then Dublin Central (1977-2011), delivered the 11th Dr John Kennedy Lecture held by the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies on Thursday 22 November. His talk, titled, ‘Negotiating the Good Friday Agreement since 1998’, drew from his experience in the Northern Ireland peace process and reflected on events since the Good Friday Agreement, which forms the basis of the region’s current devolved government, was signed. Dr Lauren Arrington, the Institute’s Head of Department,...

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WATCH: Interview with Conservative Brexiteer Chris Green

Chris Green, Conservative MP for Bolton West in Greater Manchester, gave a talk to the Conservative Society at the University of Liverpool on Friday 16 November. Earlier that day, Green announced he had sent a letter to the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs, expressing his lack of confidence in Prime Minister and party leader Theresa May. We sat down with the MP for an interview prior to the Conservative Society event to discuss Brexit, a letter he signed opposing investigations into alleged crimes by British veterans in Northern Ireland, and Amber Rudd’s reappointment to the Cabinet following her resignation...

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Poppies: suffering, hypocrisy, imperialism

One hundred years have passed since the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918, ending over four years of an imperialist war that left at least 15 million civilians and military personnel dead. And an imperial war it was. That’s not a political statement, that’s what it was, and the remembrance poppy emerged as a way to remember these dead. Imperial powers were vying for control of the continent as the European balance of power collapsed. No longer were they satisfied pillaging the rest of the world, instead shipping troops over from their colonies to help fight the...

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