Ian Acheson

Should Brianna Ghey’s killers ever be released?

22 December 2023 3:03 am

In the wicked murder of poor Brianna Ghey, it’s not hyperbole to say the Devil is in the details. Thousands…

Keeping the peace: the politics of policing protest

11 November 2023 9:00 am

Armistice Day is meant to be a moment of solemn national unity. Yet this year it is expected to coincide…

Why hasn’t the UK outlawed the IRGC?

8 October 2023 1:08 am

As the scale and barbarity of the Hamas terrorist assault on Israel begins to unfold, to no-one’s surprise Iran has…

Who can blame armed police officers for handing back their guns?

26 September 2023 3:32 am

The Metropolitan Police has, for now, staved off a crisis. The force says that enough armed officers have returned to…

Who’s really to blame for the Wandsworth jailbreak?

8 September 2023 8:52 pm

There’s fevered speculation about inside jobs or state actors involved in the HMP Wandsworth prison break by terror suspect Daniel…

Why Northern Ireland’s Chief Constable had to go

5 September 2023 3:03 am

Simon Byrne, the Chief Constable of Northern Ireland’s beleaguered police force, has stepped down. It’s about time. The country’s police…

How Sinn Fein captured Northern Ireland’s police force

2 September 2023 5:00 pm

Policing any part of the United Kingdom is a difficult enough task these days. Policing the part of it where…

The importance of remembering the Omagh bombing

15 August 2023 4:00 pm

On this day, 25 years ago, not long after the ink had dried on the Good Friday Agreement, a car…

What the stabbing of Ian Watkins says about our prisons

9 August 2023 1:08 am

This weekend, armed assailants tortured a prisoner and held him hostage in HMP Wakefield for six hours, before specialist prison…

The Dartmoor appeal win is a victory against wealthy landowners

1 August 2023 3:59 am

This evening, activists will gather under Haytor, Dartmoor’s iconic landmark rocks, to celebrate what feels like a rare victory for…

The truth about the Bibby Stockholm migrant barge

23 July 2023 5:03 pm

The ingloriously-named Bibby Stockholm has weighed anchor in Dorset’s Portland harbour to a storm of protest. The vessel is intended…

Will anyone be held accountable for the Zephaniah McLeod attack?

13 July 2023 4:54 pm

A report, just published by the NHS, is a stark 171-page indictment of our protective services. The investigation details the…

The Dartmoor prison hostage taking could have been far worse

6 July 2023 2:13 am

Taking my son for a walk yesterday, we passed HMP Dartmoor, where I served as a prison governor. Unknown to…

Sinn Fein’s shameful commemoration of the IRA

10 June 2023 6:00 pm

A member of the UK Parliament is the keynote speaker at an event tomorrow commemorating ‘volunteers’ in South Armagh. The ceremony will take…

Violent extremists won’t spoil Joe Biden’s visit to Northern Ireland

11 April 2023 11:10 pm

What can violent extremists do to wreck Joe Biden’s first visit to Northern Ireland? The answer is precious little. The…

Northern Ireland’s flawed peace has still saved countless lives

9 April 2023 5:00 pm

A fortnight before the signing of the Belfast Agreement on Good Friday 1998, 25 years ago tomorrow, two republican terrorists…

The problem with the BBC’s Manchester bombing coverage

4 March 2023 2:39 am

The BBC have reacted to the Manchester Arena bombing, carried out by an Islamist maniac, by providing us with a…

The chilling attack on a Northern Ireland police officer

24 February 2023 12:58 am

An off-duty senior detective in Northern Ireland’s police service was ambushed last night by masked gunmen as he helped at…

The eradication of the victims of Enniskillen

10 November 2022 10:00 pm

In Northern Ireland, the dead are being eradicated. This week marks the 35th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a remembrance…

Northern Ireland's future isn't Catholic or Protestant

22 September 2022 9:48 pm

For the first time in Northern Ireland’s history, Catholics now outnumber Protestants. Census data on national identity and religious from…

Northern Ireland is descending back into sectarianism

18 August 2022 1:30 am

Nearly 25 years after the Good Friday Agreement, the embers of sectarianism in Northern Ireland are still glowing bright. This…

Our prisons are woefully unprepared for Ali Harbi Ali

14 April 2022 8:52 pm

The Islamist terrorist Ali Harbi Ali will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the murder of Sir…

The dog catcher, the terrorist and the dark history of Sinn Fein

12 February 2022 9:00 pm

The dead in the ground and those who put them there in the name of ideology do not rest easily…

How did the Texas synagogue terrorist slip through the cracks?

22 January 2022 9:00 pm

Just how many databases was Malik Faisal Akram on? It turns out that the 44-year-old Briton – who was shot…

What’s it like spending Christmas behind bars?

25 December 2021 6:00 pm

It’s customary these days for people to complain that Covid restrictions mean everyday life ‘is like living in a prison.’…