Scotland and sectarianism

As if to underline the extent of the problem, several groups of supporters went on the rampage in Derry on Saturday after Glasgow Celtic’s defeat at the hands of Glasgow Rangers. The First Minister in Scotland Jack McConnell, announced his plans for new legislation last Wednesday, following the publication of a report from the working group on Religious Hatred .

Though this problem has been so visible within Northern Ireland, it is only in recent years that it has become a topic of public controversy in Scotland. Quite separately from any central legislation, Glasgow City Council is squaring up to deliver a ban on Flags and emblems associated with one side or the other.

Segregated schooling was introduced in Scotland in 1918, but is coming under increasing pressure as one cause of sectarian tensions. This is not a view shared by the Catholic Church.

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