McGuinness would consider going to the Twelfth of July.

From Rodney Edwards in the Impartial Reporter today.

He quotes the Deputy First Minister as saying;

I keep meeting people within the community, my community, who say I am doing too much reaching out, who say it is not being reciprocated. I say, that’s not a good enough reason for me to stop doing it and I intend to continue to do it because it’s the right thing to do.

Speaking about 12th July, McGuinness said;

I think it’s important not to impose yourself on for example the Twelfth of July but I do think what is important is that people are big enough to invite you,” he said, adding: “I would give it very serious consideration.”

I appreciate what the Twelfth of July means to the unionist community. I take great pride in what happened in my own city, particularly the tremendous work that the Apprentice Boys have been involved in with the local community.

Derry is peaceful, we never have any concerns about parades of any description denigrating into violence or ignorance or discourtesy. People conduct themselves very well indeed and I take great pride in that. I have consistently paid tribute to the work not just of local residents but of the Apprentice Boys who I do think by their presence in the city enrich our lives

The response from the Orange Order was thus;

 

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  • Sharpie

    This is true. They seem incorrigible. However they are part of our landscape and we have to acknowledge that. There are two choices – continue to see them as low brow sectarianism on a stick, or two to see them as a declining vestige of once trumpeted supremacy but with a significant role to play in creating a transformed future – i.e. to become part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Its a question of hope, goodwill and mostly perspective.

    I’d say McGuinness has had nothing to lose by trying this out – the response being a bell weather in both camps. He knows and we know he is on the side of right here and some day it will have had to happen.

  • Greenflag 2

    Well perhaps not in this case 😉 It happens even to Mick !

  • Greenflag 2

    Some oranges are more orange than others -Some are almost lemons and a few are blood red . There are many shades of green also . Its not a black and white world unless you can only see zebras 😉

  • Greenflag 2

    Indeed but when or if ever they emerge from the cocoon the world will have moved on and they will have to adapt all over again -and for many that will be a bridge too far -which is what happens historically in these situations around the world . The ‘when ‘ people change their politics is probably more important at the end of the day than the actual change itself . Too late and you get an Irish Republic on your doorstep and a power sharing mandatory coalition with SF .. Too soon and you get run over . Just right and you could have ended up with Home Rule within the UK or having a voluntary power sharing devolved local administration with the SDLP .

    Timing has always been a problem in Unionist politics . And now they are running out of time . And so it goes as the man said 😉

  • Alan N/Ards

    McGuinness could make a start by attending the parade at Rossnowlagh. He would be on safe ground in the Republic. I have been led to believe that President Higgins turned down an invite to the parade last year. Does anyone know if this is true?