The future of the Orange Order

The Guardian profiles Grand Secretary, Drew Nelson, and credits him with the changes to the Twelfth parades and the new engagement with the Nationalist and Catholic communities. While a broadly positive piece the analysis displays the media’s general misunderstanding of the workings of the Orange Institution. Its decentralised structure means it is near impossible for one person to have such a degree of influence. However, Drew Nelson is a symbol of what one slugger contributor a number of years ago described as “the middle management revolution” that has been going on in the Orange Order.