I'm so pleased the Orange Order will get to parade along the Springfield Road today. It is a pity our laws on domestic privacy prevent the Loyal Orders from marching through the living rooms of the rebellious trolls who will doubtless be out, once again demonstrating that their 'Oireland of equals' never extends to those who belong to a distinctly Unionist profile. Orange marches take place throughout the world: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America, Scotland, England, Togo and Ghana as well as Northern Ireland. It is strange that nobody of a Catholic persuasion in those countries takes exception to the presence of 'Orange feet' on a publicly-funded thoroughfare. However, the context of Northern Ireland is very different.
Let me one thing plain. Opposition to marches in Northern Ireland is not only opposition to the Orange Order, it is to the very existence of Protestantism and Unionism on the island of Ireland. For most of the year, republicans can tuck themselves away in the backstreets of the areas they inhabit, swamped by the accoutrements of rebellion: scabby tricolours, murals of terrorists, the occasional tea and biscuits visit from the local Sinn Fein heavy, etc. When the reality that Northern Ireland is still very much a part of the United Kingdom - a position which, in no small part, owes its endurance to the men and women of the Orange Order - comes into their befuddled minds, they demonstrate against it, using the flimsy excuse of adulterated sensitivities to articulate their bigotry.
Hibernian parades take place in predominantly Unionist towns and villages throughout the province with no opposition. I do not include republican parades because I see no linkage whatsoever between parades which are political/cultural in nature and those which venerate murdering scumbags. There is no earthly excuse why Orange Parades should not occur anywhere within Northern Ireland. I had to laugh at this passage in the Angrytown News:
'What will happen on Saturday should the parade go ahead is anybody’s guess. It is to be hoped that an eleventh hour decision to reverse the ruling might yet be made, but at present that appears unlikely. What we can say for certain is that nationalist residents and their community and political representatives will do all in their power to ensure that the day passes off peacefully, whatever direction the parade takes on Saturday. But clearly passions have been kindled and anger is high and it would be a foolish person indeed who would rule out conflict in the area at the weekend. And if there are those in the nationalist community – from the Springfield district or from elsewhere – who now believe that riots and wrecking are what get you heard, then it would be difficult, if not impossible, to argue against them.'
Translation from blarney into plain English: 'The representatives of republican custard-heads will pretend to do all in their power in preventing the baying Neanderthals from attacking a legitimate parade. Nevertheless, we can't really blame them if they choose to attack because that's the sort of low-life dross they are.'
My message to all involved in the parade is straightforward. Do not engage these idiots in violence or verbal torrents. You are better than them and you know it. Don't drag yourselves down to their level and give the PSNI a headache their officers could well do without.