Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council has said that the public mood has reached “tipping point” with regard to the anti-Catholic “hate crime” associated with Orange marches.
I hope she is correct in her assessment.
You can read it here.
A petition to “Call time on the Orange walk in Glasgow” has over 79,000 signatures at the time of writing.
The right of peaceful assembly is a cornerstone of any functioning democracy.
However, just as free speech stops at shouting “fire” in a theatre then the hate fest that is Orangeism has to be carefully examined.
For the avoidance of doubt, this is 2018, even in Glasgow.
There is a parade in the city today that shows the place in a much better light.
After the angry storm clouds of Orangeism and the shameful scenes outside of St Alphonsus, there is a rainbow of LGBT pride on the Clyde.
My friend and colleague Angela Haggerty is out on the road today.
Her outfit is about love and diversity.
The Orange sash is about exclusion and hate.
I hope Ms Aitken is correct about a “tipping point” being reached in Glasgow.
If she is serious about that then her council should re-consider the ridiculous “Orange fest” idea.
It is always a worrying development when fascism is publicly funded.
Glasgow is better than the Orange Walk and once it acts on that then it will be something that the whole city can have pride in.