Orange marches and pigswill

By Jude Collins (

“It’s absolutely unbelievable what happens here over the Twelfth period”. You might think those were the words of an indignant nationalist or Catholic, fed up to the back teeth with the 3,000+ Orange marches that are held here every year, not to mention the bonfires and drinking and tricolour-burning that form a backdrop to all this. But that’s not the source. The words were those of a unionist woman ringing into The Stephen Nolan Show this morning, angrily demanding to know why the British army wasn’t brought in last night to protect the unionist people of Belfast who were celebrating their heritage?

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