We should of course be outraged that flags of Poland were burned on “Orange” bonfires. Also it is outrageous that election posters of SDLP candidate Magdalena Wolska were burned in East Belfast. I declare a double interest. I am not only a SDLP member but Magdalena is a friend of mine. And quite simply a lovely person.
“Respectable” voices in Orangeism and Unionism have condemned this. So has the Polish community, which numbers about 30,000 here in Norn Iron. So of course have SDLP thru Cllr Clare Hanna, the Party’s International Secretary. But the worst aspects of Orange and Loyalist culture……so-called culture……is fascist, racist, sectarian and xenophobic.
If the BBC Norn Iron reports this as racist…….and it clearly is racist…..where has BBC Norn Iron been for several decades. Have they not noticed Irish flags on top of bonfires? Have they not noticed Catholic symbols on bonfires?