Stormont’s mostly British list of symbols…

SINN Fein’s Barry McElduff has called for the display of republican symbols and trappings at Stormont, after the publication of a list of those already in place. SF claims that of the 93, around a third are associated with unionism or Britishness, while none are distinctly republican. Mark Devenport noted some of the items – I’d love to see Willie Hay in the Speaker’s “full bottomed wig” although I’m sure Barry felt pretty oppressed in the presence of the silver egg timer with an NI crest. You can read the full list here. Mark notes that “McElduff has now floated the idea of setting up an ad Hoc Committee to examine the equality aspects of the Stormont artefacts”, although he also thought that advice should be taken from the Equality Commission. My guess is that there is little can be done to force the display of republican symbols at Stormont, so perhaps we’re heading towards ‘neutrality’ rather than ‘mutual respect’.

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