Goose and Gander

Newton Emerson finds the republican demonisation of Orangefest curious especially by contrasting it with the Feile in West Belfast. The Feile succeeded in transforming the annual Internment riots to a period of calm. While Newton does not believe the Feile has created an inclusive event he does wonder:

“So who are the Shinners to say that the same trick won’t work on the July fortnight? Indeed, aren’t the Shinners the very last people who should be saying that the same trick won’t work on the July fortnight?”

On the levels of investment he points out that:

“For a start, the West Belfast Festival will continue to receive more funding than ‘Bigotfest’ for at least the next three years, on top of the far larger sums of public money invested in it to date.”

  • Shore Road Resident

    Hey, I was at that ‘Gerryfest’ when Ms Black did her love song to the Dear Leader – and I can tell you that the audience around me certainly didn’t refrain from giggling, although I suppose laughter might have been a bit of risk.
    Good to see Newt has calmed down over the Orange Order after last year’s intemperate outburst. If that had been any more offensive, I might have had to call the Parades Commission…

  • Aaron_Scullion

    Fair Deal, why did you feel the need to censor Newton’s prose?

  • Miss Fitz

    I know this is like a Pete Baker moment, but Fair Deal, that was a great title for your post…..

    http://www.sluggerotoole.com/index.php/weblog/comments/geese_ganders_and_orange_fest/

  • Stephen Copeland

    If Shore Road Resident (“Hey, I was at that ‘Gerryfest’ … “) was at Feile, then surely it is succeeding in attracting some of the ‘other side’, so is on its way to being inclusive, is it not?

    Newton does not believe the Feile has created an inclusive event …

    Maybe he didn’t recognise you, SRR. Were you in disguise?

  • Shore Road Resident

    I was there strictly in a professional capacity, I can assure you. Otherwise I’d have been somewhere, anywhere else.

  • Joe

    I was there strictly in a professional capacity, I can assure you. Otherwise I’d have been somewhere, anywhere else.

    Ah, so it’s not properly inclusive because it doesn’t appeal to people who don’t want to be there. I see how this works.

  • Rory

    Joe,

    The best retort of the week – bar none! I’ll be chuckling and nodding me head in manic delight on me way to bed.

    If Herself hadn’t had me already spoken for (spoken bloody to, more like!) I’d have to consider asking you to marry me.

    Fret not that we are both men – sure it’s all legal now anyway- and I believe when the good people of this green and pleasant land of England next exercise their “free choice” and make the delightful and debonair David (call me ‘Dave’) Cameron and his mates their new owners they will soon make it compulsory.

  • Reader

    Joe: Ah, so it’s not properly inclusive because it doesn’t appeal to people who don’t want to be there. I see how this works.
    Your logic, not his. If that was the only definition then the Feile would be exactly as inclusive as watching the 12th Parades.

  • fair_deal

    Aaron

    I didn’t the software did

  • Prince Eoghan

    SRR.

    “I was there strictly in a professional capacity, I can assure you. Otherwise I’d have been somewhere, anywhere else.”

    Don’t work for “team Ingram” do you?
    BTW. Is the resentment in most of your posts compulsory?

  • Aaron_Scullion

    Ah yes, I see the reply now. Damn censorware!

  • Pete Baker

    “I know this is like a Pete Baker moment..”

    *ahem* ;o)