Monday, January 14, 2013

Violence will not get the British Flag back up

One of the few encouraging aspects of the disgraceful situation in Belfast has been that prominent  leaders from both communities in the North of Ireland have been far more willing to make unequivocal calls for a peaceful political settlement and an end to violence than was sometimes the case in the past.

For example, Peter Robinson, the Northern Ireland first minister and successor to Ian Paisley as leader of the DUP, said on television that the Union Flag will not go back up because someone throws a petrol bomb at policemen.

Quite.

What was depressing about the BBC report which showed him saying this is that such an obvious display of belated common sense was described as being seen by some of the people the DUP used to stand for as some kind of sellout.

It isn't. It is a statement of reality.

1 comment:

Jim said...

I don't really have much time for these people. I understand perfectly having an issue with a policy but violence is never the answer.

These people claim to be loyal and think highly of The Queen. I can not help wondering "what would she think of them right now?"