Whither the flags protest?

Where are the flag-protestors going? Nowhere fast, it would appear. There have been dwindling numbers, which is not surprising, since pretty well everybody accepts that Belfast City Council isn’t going to accede to their demands that the Union flag be reinstated to fly 365 days a year.  If they did, it would be a signal that democratic decision-making can be stopped in its tracks if you defy the law loudly enough and often enough. But when you know your objective is never going to happen, it’s common sense to stop standing about in the cold codding yourself you’re doing something useful.   
But I do agree with the flag protestors’ Jamie Bryson on one point:  “I view this as a cynical attempt to use the UDR parade and the protest to undermine each other and create divisions within our community” Jamie says. Well no, I don’t quite agree with him. The aim of unionist politicians is not to undermine the flag protest movement. The aim is to kill it. It’s embarrassing them as well as harming the international image of Belfast and local trade.
Maybe I’m just getting forgetful, but were there 1,000 people on the streets this time last year, commemorating the two UDR soldier killed by an IRA bomb in 1988? Perhaps there were. But if there weren’t, then it’s hard not to see unionist leaders using the anniversary of the two men’s deaths as anything other than a weapon with which to club the flags’ protest out of existence. 

4 Responses to Whither the flags protest?

  1. Anonymous February 21, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Interesting a certain original fleg protest organiser pulled back a few weeks ago and joined a certain political party, before the fleg camp turned into a proper circus …job done our boy…

    • giordanobruno February 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

      You seem to have difficulty spelling flag. Not that hard really.
      Unless you are trying to mock people for the way they talk. But that wouldn’t be very nice.

  2. Anonymous February 23, 2013 at 3:44 am #

    Yes horse, lets get pedantic instead of real NI politics with all the security apparatus crap that comes with it…..

    So ******* ******* joins *** after initiating the “protests” and there’s nothing to be said …good man/woman/station chief….. ****!

    • giordanobruno February 23, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      Yes a bit pedantic maybe, but only if you are saying you made a small spelling mistake,which I doubt.
      The constant use of ‘fleg’ by yourself and others is clearly intended to mock people who may be less articulate than yourself.
      You know, like children would do in the playground?
      What do you think horse?