Some move on, some stay behind…

THE Irish News reports that the Orange Order resolution calling for members to take on “a role of civic and community leadership within these islands” has been described by SDLP North Antrim assembly member Declan O’Loan as on the whole “very encouraging”. The report adds that Mr O’ Loan said that the positive wording of the resolution should be considered alongside unprecedented moves by the Order to open up conversations with the Parades Commission, the Catholic Church, the SDLP and some local residents. It also fits in with moves in many communities to rethink the bonfire culture and the flying of flags. “This is all very healthy. There is a profound link between the shifting of positions on these matters and the success of the Assembly. Success in these two arenas will be mutually reinforcing,” said Mr O’ Loan. Sadly, all this peace, love and understanding seems to have escaped some loyalists in Ballycraigy, Antrim and Milltown estate, Shawsbridge. Just what are they compensating for with their phallic-shaped bonfires, intimidation, lawlessness and refusal to let their neighbours live in peace?