In a way, Unionists have only themselves to blame for this;
Belfast City Council is set to back a plan that the Union flag should fly over the City Hall only on designated days — ending a century of tradition. The controversial issue — which will be the subject of a 16-week public consultation from June 6 — will ultimately be decided in a crunch vote by councillors on November 1.
While unionist politicians have indicated their opposition to the change of policy, there is quiet acceptance that they would lose out in the vote and the flag that has flown over City Hall since it opened its door in 1906 will come down on most days of the year. The council met last night and backed the plans to begin a public consultation. The issue was the subject of a draft independent report which recommended that the Union flag only be flown on certain days of the year, such as the Queen’s birthday, to promote good relations. A proposal that the Irish tricolour be flown alongside the Union flag was rejected as the least favourable option.
OK, here’s my view. I think that the Union Flag should be flown in line with how it is flown elsewhere in the UK, no more and no less. Vichy Unionism also has little to complain about and the usual culprits will wring their hands over this victory to Irish Nationalism. But there is another aspect to this. Belfast suffers chronic unemployment, commercial meltdown and a lack of investment. WHY are all these bozos in City Hall playing this stupid game instead of focusing on real issues? As a Belfast ratepayer, I regret paying them so much as one penny if THIS is all they can do.
My grandmother taught me that “you can’t eat flags”. She was right.