The wisest words from Downpatrick’s former town clerk, whom God preserve

Nothing more needs to be said – except perhaps next year the coat trailing SF councillor should be invited to head the parade 20 paces ahead of the main bunch in his own wee  demo,  if he must carry the tricolour. And on no account should the unionist schools  withdraw.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London