Wednesday, July 12, 2006

There are expected to be 17 Parades today involving tens of thousands of Orangemen in the six counties of the North of Ireland. In sharp contrast to previous years the British Army are to be confined to barracks, the Orange Order seem to at least be talking the talk of peaceful marches (walking the walk may be another matter) and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has called for restraint. After more than 300 years of sectarian supremacist displays it seems the Orange Order want to celebrate their history in a positive fashion, and that is to be welcomed. This sort of thing will hopefully be condemned by everyone.