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Thread: The price of policing the 'Marching Season'.

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    Default The price of policing the 'Marching Season'.

    The monetary cost of parades is 'unsustainable' claims the head of the Parades Commission, Peter Osborne. The cost of this years so called 'Marching Season' was over £7 million.

    Quite an amazing statistic, considering the DUP's strange concern about the 'exorbitant increase in the retail price of men's razor blade cartridges', it would be better for it to look closer to home and ask for an investigation into why £600,000 was spent policing an Orange Order parade in the small town of Rasharkin.

    Thankfully over in Glasgow, the number of parades has fallen by 27% over the last year and the cost of policing the marching season is £250,000. There are big complaints in Glasgow city centre and the damage it does to business, but whereas Glasgow's costs are falling, NI's cost has increased from £5.7 million in 2011, to £7.4 million in 2012.

    The commission has said dialogue is key in bringing down the cost of policing marches, and although some district lodges do speak with the Parades Commission and residents' groups, the stance of the Grand Lodge has always been one of non-engagement. It was only last month that the Grand Lodge allowed local lodges to decide if they wanted to meet groups in their area to seek agreement on contentious parades.

    Parades policing 'unsustainable' - UTV Live News

    http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/loc...ades-1-4393397
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    No talking - no walking.

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    The Loyal Orders need to have an honest look at themselves. They refused to talk to Nationalist resident on the grounds that they were "fronts for terrorists", while they sit with Loyalists on the North and West Belfast parades Cultural Forum. They claim they are a harmless cultural group , but a close look at them shows they are anything but. What other cultural group can summon the leaders of Unionism to a stately home in England to discuss how the go forward in elections?

    One telling phrase jumps out from this article by Niall Meehan
    "there have been many expulsions for marrying Catholics, none for killing them."
    Academia.edu | Between a Rock and Hard Gospel - the Orange Order and the Church of Ireland | Niall Meehan

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    yawn
    Nec Aspera Terrent..Is Tuaisceart-Éireannach mé. Má tá meas agat ar mo chultúr, beidh meas agam ar do chultúr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by between the bridges View Post
    yawn
    The Orange Order suspended prominent Orangeman Mark Harbinson when he was accused of raping a 13 year old schoolgirl, pending the result of the trial.
    This is the same Order that allowed Norman Coopey to remain a member after he was convicted of the sectarian murder of a 16 year old Catholic schoolboy and throwing his body into a pit full of dead farm animals.

    Coopey later resigned from the Orange Order, he was not expelled.
    Maybe he didn't like the company he was keeping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivabrigada View Post
    The Orange Order suspended prominent Orangeman Mark Harbinson when he was accused of raping a 13 year old schoolgirl, pending the result of the trial.
    This is the same Order that allowed Norman Coopey to remain a member after he was convicted of the sectarian murder of a 16 year old Catholic schoolboy and throwing his body into a pit full of dead farm animals.

    Coopey later resigned from the Orange Order, he was not expelled.
    Maybe he didn't like the company he was keeping.
    Dry yer eyes. Come back to us when Sinn Fein start banning convicted murderers from their party.

    Maybe then you'll have a point. Until then....*yawn*.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SgtBilko View Post
    Dry yer eyes. Come back to us when Sinn Fein starts banning convicted murders from that party. Maybe then you'll have a point.
    SF don't claim to be merely a religious cultural organisation.
    The OO do.
    Their behaviour suggests otherwise.

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    Unionists are one of the few people who will accept circus and no bread
    http://ulstersdoomed.blogspot.com/ http://www.requetes.com
    For unionism this is as good as it gets, for nationalism this is the worse it can be.

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    The OO refused to talk to Nationalists and Republicans as they claimed they were a "front for terrorists", while having sectarian murderers in their ranks.
    Loyalists have killed at least 29 protestants since the ceasefire, yet leading Loyalists were allowed on to the balcony at Clifton St Orange Hall during a Republican parade.
    Who gave them the keys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vivabrigada View Post
    The OO refused to talk to Nationalists and Republicans as they claimed they were a "front for terrorists", while having sectarian murderers in their ranks.
    Loyalists have killed at least 29 protestants since the ceasefire, yet leading Loyalists were allowed on to the balcony at Clifton St Orange Hall during a Republican parade.
    Who gave them the keys?
    Nobody.............they are the current custodians?

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