Tag Archives: Gusty Spence

What came first – the paramilitaries or the polluted politics?

My new book UVF: Behind the Mask has drawn considerable media attention since its publication two weeks ago. Much of this is to be expected given that I have gained unprecedented access to the UVF in a way that presents … Continue reading

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Review of Tony Novosel’s book on Ulster Loyalism

Here’s my review of Tony Novosel’s excellent Northern Ireland’s Lost Opportunity: The Frustrated Promise of Political Loyalism, which was published by Pluto Press in 2013. The review originally appeared in Political Studies Review in September 2014: “‘Northern Ireland’s Lost Opportunity’ … Continue reading

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In Memory of Gusty Spence (1933-2011)

COMMENT: The passing of former UVF leader Gusty Spence may give loyalists time to think about their efforts in making peace with the past, writes AARON EDWARDS Rarely are students of Irish history afforded the opportunity to meet those individuals … Continue reading

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