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This weekend saw the DUP gather for their annual conference and Peter Robinson hail their success as the Party of the Union. So, have a read of this;

Belfast City Council’s policy committee has recommended that the Union flag no longer fly over the City Hall. A motion to remove the flag was passed at a meeting of the policy and resources committee on Friday. The committee also backed the removal of the Union flag at two other council properties, the Ulster Hall and the Duncrue complex. For the motion to take effect the decision must be ratified by the full council on 3 December.

Belfast, our capital city, will see the Union Flag REMOVED from City Hall if this vote goes through in just over a week. What a terrific victory for the Dupes but I am wondering can we survive many more such DUP victories?

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23 thoughts on “ANOTHER DUP VICTORY….

  1. It’s strange that the opinion of the majority is okay when naming a playground after a terrorist but not when it comes to the flying of the national flag. Welcome to Sinn Feins version of equality .

  2. What are the chances of the full council approving this. Surely if it still a unionist majority they won’t.

  3. It’s strange that the opinion of the majority is okay when naming a playground after a terrorist but not when it comes to the flying of the national flag.

    Indeed, bearing in mind that there are twenty one unionist councillors on Belfast City Council and twenty three Nationalist councillors. What was that you were saying about the opinion of the majority? (hope that answers your question Colm)

    Belfasr is now a majority nationalist Council.

  4. Paul

    Does it have any alliance or independent councillors and will the SDLP vote the same as Sinn Fein ?

  5. Belfast is (for all intents and purposes) run by the Alliance Party. There are 21 Unionist councillors, 24 Nationalist councillors and 6 Alliance Party councillors. So whichever side the Alliance Party backs on a given issue wins.

    Considering that only 36% of Belfast voted for a unionist party at the last election (while 48% voted for a nationalist party) I don’t feel its that inappropriate to stop flying the flag of only one community.

  6. What Seamus said, that’s what this is about;

    SHADOW BOXING

    It’s likely that the SDLP councillors will vote in favour of the proposal, and proper order too, if the flag is not representative of the Belfast electorate then it’s parity or nothing.

  7. That’s what the kick up from the DUP is. The Alliance have said they will vote in favour of removing it.

  8. I think that the Alliance position is that is should be flown from only the City Hall and only on deignated days.

  9. Belfast, our capital city,

    David, Belfast is not a capital city as NI is not a country end of geography lesson.

  10. Submariner

    There should be a full stop between country and end. Here endeth the punctuation lesson. 🙂

  11. Ahem, much as I hate to piss on someone’s parade of ignorance, “capital” may refer to a “capital town or city; the head town of a country, province or state.” *

    * italics are mine

  12. Interesting one Richard. As Ulster is one of the four provinces of Ireland what flag should hang from the province’s City Hall?

  13. Ahem, much as I hate to piss on someone’s parade of ignorance, “capital” may refer to a “capital town or city; the head town of a country, province or state.” *
    * italics are mine

    Richard NI is not any of the above.

  14. Colm, on November 25th, 2012 at 4:59 PM Said:
    Ah but who decides the designated days ?

    The Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000.

  15. Paul,

    “As Ulster is one of the four provinces of Ireland what flag should hang from the province’s City Hall?”

    None as far as I’m concerned. In normal communities a flag is a jolly people-rallying emblem. In Ulster flags are divisive rags. Ditch them all I say.

    Submariner62,

    If you don’t like the term “province” then try “region”.

    Anyhow, it’s immaterial. A further definition of “capital” is “a city serving as a seat of government”, and Belfast hosts the NI Assembly.

  16. None as far as I’m concerned. In normal communities a flag is a jolly people-rallying emblem. In Ulster flags are divisive rags. Ditch them all I say.

    Exactly!

  17. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-20587538

    Trouble has erupted at Belfast City Hall after the council voted to change its policy of flying the Union flag outside the building all year round.

    A number of loyalist protesters have broken through the rear gates of the hall’s grounds. They then attempted to break open the doors of the building.

    A security guard at the hall has been injured and cars have been damaged.

    It happened just minutes after councillors voted to fly the flag only on designated days during the year.

    The compromise motion, proposed by the Alliance party, was passed by 29 votes to 21.

    BBC Northern Ireland’s political reporter, Martina Purdy, who is at the scene, said the injured security guard appeared to be bleeding from a head wound.

    She said the protesters had shouted “shame” and “no surrender” when they broke into the courtyard of the building.

    Glass was shattered as the demonstrators tried to break open the doors.

    She added that police were at the scene and were working to restore calm.

    Ahead of the vote, more than 1,000 loyalists gathered in May Street to protest about the proposal to change the current flag policy.

    At present, the flag is flown every day of the year at Belfast City Hall, but nationalist councillors had proposed that it be removed completely.

    They had argued this would create a more equal and neutral environment in a divided city.

    However, Unionist councillors accused Sinn Fein and the SDLP of “raising tensions” and abusing their majority on the council.

    Combined, Sinn Fein and the SDLP now outnumber unionist councillors by 24 to 21.

    The councillors have now left Belfast City Hall debating chamber.

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