A proposal to have the union flag fly over the cenotaph in the grounds of Belfast City Hall is set to be rejected on equality grounds. Alliance has the power to pass it, if they supported the DUP motion introduced by councillor Lee Reynolds. A recent Tele poll concluded Alliance Party activists are overwhelmingly united in support of its policy on designated flying days for the Union flag in Belfast. It seems this will continue in relation to the cenotaph flag.
Unionist 'plan B' was to attempt force a review into extending the number of days the union flag is flown over Stormont's parliament building. Alliance, SF & the SDLP all boycotted the meeting to discuss it, citing it as political games.
On December 3 last year, Alliance councillors amended a nationalist motion to stop flying the Union flag on City Hall so that it would instead fly 17 days a year. This resulted in riots, road blocks, criminal records, jail terms and red faces.
Although in the immediate aftermath of unionist protests it seemed Alliance would back the Union flag to fly over the cenotaph 365, it has rightly taken the same advice that was given over flying the union flag every day at city hall. Alliance must be congratulated for its brave and principled stance and not giving in to a gaggle of knuckledraggers who have brought embarrassment and negative headlines to NI since December 3rd.
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