Zero Tolerance at Orange Parade (no, not in Belfast!!)

While I have no doubt it would go down like a lead balloon over here, the Scottish police have decided to take a zero tolerance approach to behaviour at parades. The decision followed on from last year’s parade when 20 people were arrested, 13 for sectarian breaches of the peace. It led to a peace pact being signed recently by the police, local authorities and politicians, as well as organisers of Orange and Republican marches.

No surprise as to the main cause of trouble: Police said the majority of those involved were well behaved, but they blamed alcohol for a notable deterioration in the behaviour of those observing the march as the day wore on. In all, 60 people were arrested, 12 for sectarian breaches and the rest for public order offences.