"A STRUGGLE TO BE HEARD – By a True Ulster Liberal"
by John Laird (The Lord Laird of Artigarvan)
This outline of the Ulster Scots and Unionist cases and the journey undertaken by John Laird to fully understand and explain them, is available from www.lordlaird.co.uk
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The Executive Summary includes such points as-
- Modern liberal thinking holds that nationalism is backward looking and out of tune with the modern world.
- Ulster Scots cultural thinking is broad based and forward thinking, with an important role to play in the development of the modern world, in keeping with its contribution over the last four hundred years.
- The Irish, when not politically motivated, are amongst the finest people in the world.
- Those who are dyslexic will continue to increase their influence in society.
- Artigarvan is a wonderful place in which to spend a childhood.
- Irish nationalism has been a negative influence on the British Isles.
If we do not understand our history, we will remain forever children.
Reviews:John Laird’s book is a witty and drôle take on issues of identity in Northern Ireland today. The book is a striking addition to the province’s list of political memoirs. More than that, it shows the original cast of mind of a man who believed above all in the power of the sceptical intellect.
Lord Bew of Donegore
Professor of Politics, Queen’s University Belfast
A spirited and lively new Unionist voice; an Ulster journey.
Dr Austen Morgan
Barrister in London and Belfast
John Laird urges a new self-confidence for Unionism, in the legacy of the Ulster Scot tradition, which he sees as liberalism, rarely acknowledged by either adherents or opponents.
Lord Eames of Armagh
Former Anglican Primate of All Ireland