Loyalists in Belfast missing a trick.?

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Stoneinwelly Wed 09-Jan-13 20:21:02

Watching the news on the rioting in N.I. Aibu in thinking the loyalists could turn the whole flag raising and lowering business to their advantage?
Nobody really notices a flag up everyday iykwim but one hoisted for special occasions would get more attention. They could get the bugle out ,like Ypres,
and have a cake and pictures for really special days like Earl of Essex' B.D.

wigglesrock Fri 11-Jan-13 21:59:38

Fair enough chunderella just have to agree to disagree grin

Chunderella Fri 11-Jan-13 22:14:25

I guess I just can't see for the life of me how anything would've been compromised by leaving it til this week instead.

wigglesrock Fri 11-Jan-13 22:20:04

Because the whole idea of postponing incase people decided to riot if it didn't "go their way" is in my opinion letting mob rule win. The number of days the Union flag is flown is already limited in other NI cities, nobody was out rioting then.

Chunderella Fri 11-Jan-13 22:28:14

Ok. To me, letting mob rule win would be to not do it at all. And it's not like it was an 'in case' really, is it? Everyone knew what was going to happen, might as well schedule it for the convenience of the rest of the population.

Monty27 Fri 11-Jan-13 22:30:58

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LadyBeagleEyes Fri 11-Jan-13 23:18:35

What an utterly sad, depressing thread this is.

Maryz Fri 11-Jan-13 23:44:15

Threads on NI always are LBE sad

Unfortunately there is an entire new generation who don't remember how awful the troubles were, and this is an excuse for a bit of excitement hmm.

Just like all ds's friends (and probably him) had decided to head to Dublin tomorrow to jeer the Unionists marching in O'Connell Street (thankfully the march has been cancelled).

Ignorant feckers the lot of them.

apostropheuse Fri 11-Jan-13 23:59:12

You're absolutely right Maryz

At least someone there had the sense to cancel the march in Dublin. I just don't understand why a unionist march in Dublin?

I suppose it's no different to the orange walks in Glasgow though. I wish Glasgow City Council would have the guts to ban the orange walks there. The vast majority of people (I'm sure in Ireland as well as Scotland) don't want them. They want to live their lives peacefully with their neighbour, go out to work, pay the bills and raise their family.

Instead of this they're terrorised by these total eejits - on both sides of the divide.

It would make you weep.

AllYoursBabooshka Sat 12-Jan-13 00:02:59

I really do hope it's over soon.

DH got sent home early from work today thanks to "project stand still" or whatever these numpties are calling it.

I hate him going to work in town when all this is happening.

bureni Sat 12-Jan-13 02:41:15

what is all the fuss about?

Chunderella Sat 12-Jan-13 16:42:44

Apostropheuse I think they were planning to do it to make a point. They see them asking another country to remove their flag as no different to people whose allegiance is to another country (ie nationalists in NI) asking them in Belfast to remove theirs. I heard ROI doesn't fly their flag all the time though and it won't actually be up this weekend!

I see people's points about this thread being depressing, but have also seen some really positive contributions too. I hadn't heard about Operation Sit In and am really thrilled that people are taking positive actions. A couple of my relatives have jobs in Belfast City Centre, I want to thank you for doing what you can to help them.

Stokes Sat 12-Jan-13 18:10:33

For anyone in Belfast - there is a peace gathering tomorrow at 12:30 outside City Hall. I was at the last one and it was great - lovely atmosphere, people from all walks of life, loads of families etc. There was no intimidation, other protestors etc. If you're around, you should think about coming down. At the end, there's a 5 minute non-silence - the silent majority making themselves heard.

DioneTheDiabolist Sat 12-Jan-13 21:34:07

Bumping this for our later MNetters who may wish to attend The Peace Gathering tomorrow.smile

AliceCrowley Sat 19-Jan-13 20:14:38

BBC NI are reporting that after running out of plastic bullets last night, the PSNI threw a copy of the Belfast Telegraph jobs section, into the middle of the protesters, who then fled in terror.....

bureni Sat 19-Jan-13 20:19:58

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pinkhousesarebest Sat 19-Jan-13 21:29:24

We left after the Omagh bomb, and were delighted to go. We live in France now with two dcs. When we drove off the ferry at Larne last July my ds said "Oh paradise!". They love NI with a passion, and have made me see it through new eyes - the loveliness of the people, the gorgeous countryside, the fantastic amenities, the stacks of things to do with dcs ( check out the grim reality of living in France with youngs dcs on the Living Overseas thread).

It is heartbreaking to see these demons emerge again.

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