Drew Nelson, a good Orangeman, dies…

Senior Co Down Orangeman and former UUP election candidate Drew Nelson has died at the age of 60. He wasn’t the most public facing Orangeman, which is probably explained by the fact that for most of his life he eschewed big public gestures and worked on smaller but telling reforms. For a younger generation of Orangemen and Ulster Unionists, he advocated for separation and provided an exemplar of the progressive worker with a taste for slow, patient and incremental reform. He …

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Outrageous optimism and the need for belief in the long term future of the Orange tradition

This #SluggerReport was recored on Monday and takes a deliberately and outrageously optimistic (although far from naive) view of the Orange Institutions and their future role in society. Taking a leaf out of Carmin Medina’s book (that Optimism is the greatest act of rebellion) I don’t try to deny the dark nihilism that Phil sees in the reckless bonfire culture is there, but rather I suggest we are all conniving at feeding it through a certain comfortable pessimism that this …

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