Saturday, July 17, 2010
Thinking The Unthinkable
That's the word from Downing Street in the wake of serious rioting in Ardoyne.
The Orange Order wants to parade past the Irish Catholic area of Ardoyne, just to remind them who won that battle in 1620 that put the Protestants in charge. Imagine the Ku Klux Klan demanding the right to parade through African-American neighborhoods, just to remind them who's on top.
Little wonder that the minority group doesn't want the parade and has done everything in their power to stop it. After so many years of discrimination and abuse, they're fighting back with bricks and petrol bombs.
We need more money to quell these disturbances, goes the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Move the parade route, says Downing Street. Move the feckin' parade out of the nationalist areas and there won't be any riots and you won't need more money that isn't there to put more police on the street.
The very idea is unthinkinable. Unimagineable to a Unionist. London telling them to give in to nationalist demands? Surely the world is coming to an end.
For centuries, the unionist element dug in their heels and London gave in. Times have changed, however. Brittania doesn't rule the waves and there won't always be an empire.
The Orange Order that loves a parade isn't getting any traction from pointing fingers at the nasty rioters. They aren't getting support from Downing Street in their stubborn refusal to meet with local citizens to reach a compromise on the parade route, to avoid rioting.
The Six Counties is a financial drain on the Exchequer. There's no real purpose served in hanging on to the port at Belfast. Bad news all around for the unionists.