Orange walks must be normal but thugs should say sorry

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Orangemen are being persecuted by the Parades Commission in a fashion suggesting that they want to eradicate Orangeism.

They are aided and abetted in this by Sinn Fein’s continuous frontal assault on what is a legitimate tradition and cultural expression. To those who cannot see further than the end of their bigoted noses, I say it is time reluctantly to say, ‘get stuffed.’

No matter how you express it, it is important that they get the message.

It is now time for the Orange Institution to move positively in one clear direction – that is by way of ultimatum. We must put an end to the ridicule from those who persistently throw our organisation’s reasonableness back in our faces.

We must start afresh to be agitators for our civil right during the whole of the year and not just on great annual occasions.

People need to get used to continuous pressure from us to get the Ligoniel and Drumcree walks completed, as applied for. This is an absolute prerequisite for improved community relations.

Making all Orange walks normal is a challenge which puts the onus on the Secretary of State, making her step up to the mark and determine what rights apply to a shared space.

Finally, I say to those behind the thuggery and violence who today should be feeling very sorry for their unacceptable behaviour – go now this week and apologise to the chief constable for your actions.

No PSNI officer should have to stand fast and face down a barrage of bricks and bottles.

No police chief should have to ask his officers to risk serious injury in the line of duty.

The PSNI demonstrated outstanding courage in having to defend themselves from people who are allegedly ‘loyal.’ This must end now.

What is wrong in politics is the same as what is wrong on the streets – a lack of leadership.

David McNarry, Ukip MLA