Flying The British Flag – To Threaten Irish Schoolchildren


So, yet another night of low-level violence and rioting from the extreme of the British Unionist minority in the north-east of Ireland. That would be more or less the fifteenth night in a row since Belfast City Council voted by a majority to reduce the number of days the British national flag will fly over the council hall after decades of disputed display. The reduction is from a year round flying of the banner to 17 “designated days”, ones of particular importance to the British minority, and was agreed as a compromise gesture to the Unionist community despite the city’s now Irish Nationalist majority. In contrast no proposals were put forward by any party for the flying of the Irish national flag despite the presumed wishes of many in the city to see it alongside (or instead of) the British one.

For Unionists in the north-east of the country…

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