Interesting piece from Jason Walsh over at Comment is Free, which argues that “it won’t be enough for Peter Hain to issue a diktat: the permission must come from within the nationalist community itself”. He’s clearly no great fan of the Orange himself, but he enumerates several reasons why Nationalists should move directly to solve the problem and avoid the re-constitution of the ‘becalmed’ Parades Commission:- it’s undemocratic.
– it upholds an important principle of both British and Irish legal tradition: freedom of assembly.
– “being “allowed” to march is the last thing the Orange Order actually wants”.
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