As long term readers of ATW, I have always opposed the Stasi-like Parades Commission. This instrument of State suppression of religious and civil liberty was created by the dreadful Belfast Agreement and has ensured that whoever threatens the greatest civic disruption wins the day (See under “Garvaghy Road”)
The Orange Order has said comments by its Grand Chaplain over restrictions on parades “are indicative of a growing feeling of discontent among members”. Rev Mervyn Gibson told the BBC the Order may no longer give police notice of parades. He said the order had observed loyalist flag protestors being able to march into Belfast every week without a Parades Commission ruling. The Order said it constantly kept its policy on parades under review. “The comments by Rev Gibson are indicative of a growing feeling of discontent among members over increasing restrictions being placed on our parades by an unaccountable Parades Commission,” the Orange Order said in a statement.
Of course the Orange Order should NOT give this stasi bureaucracy ANY notice of ANY parades ANYwhere. There should be a perfect right to peaceful Assembly and parade. Great to see the OO learning from the Flag Protesters.