The composition of the new Parades Commission has been the source of much discussion, with much alarm expressed at the appointment of numerous Portadown unionists/ Orangemen. The public admission by a Commission member that he is fighting the Orange cause “from inside the fence” is bound to heighten nationalist fears that the new commission may be wearing orange-tinted glasses when it comes to making crucial decisions in the coming months. The fact that the Commissioner concerned made his comments to Portadown orangemen may be an ominous indicator for what lies ahead this Summer.
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