BNP Leader and MEP, Nick Griffin, was in attendance for the Covenant Day celebrations at Stormont today. His attendance would appear to be a rather logical development for a supremacist or an embarrassing distraction (take your pick, though the Orange Order did release a statement through the day seeking to put distance between themselves and the BNP Leader.)
Alas, he did appear to get in the spirit exhibited by many of the bandsmen when producing this tweet tonight:
So Ulster pics have upset my Republican stalkers. Tell you what, the bodhran can’t match the lambeg, you fenian bastards.
In other news, the day passed off peacefully with no altercations reported at the various flashpoint interfaces. Multiple bands decided to breach the Parades Commission determination regarding the playing of hymns outside St Matthew’s Catholic Church in east Belfast, playing The Sash to the cheers of locals (who The Newsletter claims booed those bands which did decide to adhere to the Commission’s rulings.)
Another intriguing observation was made by the Andersonstown News columnist, Squinter, who attended the day’s events at Stormont and who took pictures of UVF and UDA CDs for sale in the grounds of the Stormont estate, including The Famine Song (which kinda neatly ties together this summer’s Marching Story…)