Scotland – will the Orange Order save the Union?

From the Herald comes the news that the Orange Order are mobilising for a “No” vote in the September 2014 referendum on Scottish Independence:

THE Orange Order has begun the mobilisation of its members across Scotland as part of its campaign against independence.
It has applied to join community councils and is involved in a series of roadshows across greater Glasgow, where it plans to lobby councillors on how it can get involved in the No bid.
Similar events have been taking place in other areas, and senior Orange figures plan to visit every one of its Scottish lodges before next year’s Glasgow Games to ensure its membership turns out…

A little strangely the report also adds:

Members of the Order have even discussed the prospect of forming a new party post-independence and believe securing seats in Ayrshire, Glasgow and Lanarkshire could see it hold the balance of power.

For those interested in the role of the Order in Glasgow politics this little kerfuffle might be worth reading.

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