Symbols clash

A blind refusal to compromise is as silly as the rush to take offence. Is there any chance Slugger can find the elusive route to sanity?

  • Ulsters my homeland

    “Look folks, Orangemen advocating the flying of the Union flag?….but, what’s new? Why be so upset? Orangemen are British, they want to fly their flag. They love their flag as well as their anthem. Let them do so, for it gives them a ‘visible’ security that they crave, to nurture the need to constantly remind themselves that they are living in ‘Britain’ with ‘Her Majesty’ as ‘Head of State’.”

    I agree Greg. Why not allow the Orange part of the tricolour to be an equal part of it? It took over 100 years for the President of Ireland to visit and recognise the Orange Order in her own state.

  • Big Maggie

    Greagoir,

    “honouring Jesus Christ as their saviour”

    Wrong. It’s always “The Lord Jesus Christ”. I’ve never known a Protestant Ulster person to use two words when four will do. Or two syllables when four will do.

  • Democratic

    How many different titles does Mary have amongst the RC faithful Maggie? The Holy Mother, Mother of God, The Blesed Virgin, Our Lady of etc, etc, – wouldn’t simply Mary do….why use 3 words etc…..

    Wow being smug is easy……

  • Big Maggie

    Democratic,

    And having a chuckle is harder……

  • Democratic

    Them Prods – no sense of humour either eh Maggie?
    Not to worry – I’m sure you’ll find someone to agree that your sparkling wit deserves a bit more appreciation….

  • Ian

    Surely Banbridge District Council will only exist for another two years anyway. Presumably the larger council into which it will be amalgamated will have a larger Nationalist minority? So it’s a kind of last hurrah for the Orange Order.

  • Neil

    Surely Banbridge District Council will only exist for another two years anyway. Presumably the larger council into which it will be amalgamated will have a larger Nationalist minority? So it’s a kind of last hurrah for the Orange Order.

    Not really, I reckon. Here’s why, Banbridge council represents a more than one third Nationalist minority. I mean, how sizeable must that minority be before their wishes are taken into account?

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    “Not really, I reckon. Here’s why, Banbridge council represents a more than one third Nationalist minority. I mean, how sizeable must that minority be before their wishes are taken into account?”

    Till they are a majority, the way things go in some parts of NI.

  • Diablo’s Adv

    ” unfortunately the tricolour was long ago compromised as a prospective “All-Ireland” flag despite the attempts of Irish Republicans to depict otherwise (ironically so as the aforementioned militant branches are the main reason why!)”

    I’d like you to explain where that leaves the union jack then as regards acceptance by the nationalist community, considering what was carried out both officially and unofficially under that particular flag (and for a damn sight longer than the tricolor too).

  • Ulsters my homeland

    Have the Irish ever tried to make the orange part of the tricolour more friendly towards Protestants?

    As an outsider looking in maybe I’m not in the best position to comment, but it seems the Irish treat the orange part of the tricolour as inferior and its the green part which takes pride and place in Irish society and celebration.

    The orange part of the tricolour really shouldn’t be there, because those who it supposed to represent are never given the chance to represent Ireland in any great significance.

    It seems the real Irish colour is green and the orange part belongs to them other fellas.

    Why hasn’t the government ever thought about holding an offical Orange day celebration, where the colour orange represents Irishness?