THE business community in Belfast is fighting back – traders, pubs, restaurants and the ordinary shopkeepers.
I am sure that the Backin’ Belfast Campaign will be a success.
The business community throughout Northern Ireland (myself included) has, during decades of Sinn Fein/IRA violence, always fought back. We all had to pick up the pieces, smile, carry on and we all did.
I understand the young people who are concerned and upset about the way their British heritage is being eroded every day.
From day one I have said that burning cars, blocking roads, injuring our policemen will not, in fact, will never, put the Union Flag on Belfast City Hall.
With the trouble and the damaging of community relations, I wonder does the Alliance Party ever regret supporting and voting with Sinn Fein to remove the Union Flag from Belfast City Hall?
The Alliance Party has never been involved in violence or trouble.
It is time First Minister Peter Robinson had a meeting with Alliance leaders and tried to work out a solution to end the flags protest.
Maybe a special meeting of Belfast City Council could be arranged and Alliance members abstain when the vote is being taken.
There would be no winners and no losers. Common sense would prevail and there would be a great deal of respect for the Alliance Party from all the peaceful law-abiding citizens of Northern Ireland.
The Alliance Party could put the Union Flag back on Belfast City Hall.