A side note, but one worth putting on the record before it disappears from view, this came through from the Assembly comms office yesterday…
An Assembly spokesperson said: “The Assembly Commission meeting, planned for 11 December 2012, did not proceed as a quorum was not achieved. Arrangements will be made to reschedule the meeting.”
What it means that the DUP and UUP wanted to push the issue of more days for flags up at Stormont, the opposition, Sinn Fein, SDLP and the Alliance party all decided not to play ball, didn’t turn up and the meeting was cancelled.
So the issue goes on the long finger until the new year. When hopefully the streets will be clear of protesters and the death threats against politicians dies down again.
Update: BBC has the technical details… The commission has an inbuilt majority for Unionists, there is no cross community vote so it is likely that when the vote takes place the flag issue will get resolved in favour of Unionists.
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