I almost choked on my Corn Flakes (yes I like a late night snack) watching the UTV News tonight. Did you see that strange woman with the massive Union Jack bow in her hair? Thankfully UTV singled her out to interview. That in itself should set the cause of Unionism back forty years.
Although the lady’s photograph is all over Twitter and Facebook………and I confess I am guilty of adding some comments…..I have decided not to post her photograph here. She might be a bit…and Im putting this delicately……odd.
That’s the thing about the Flegs issue. We now have two feminist icons. The “No Surrenderrrrrrrrrrrr” woman at the City Hall doors. She is a You Tube sensation. Now she has been joined by a woman who might be May McFetridge’s body double.
Notwithstanding the protests and violence and my Daughter-in-Law and wife have had travel difficulties……..it is hard to see any real thought behind these protests. It lacks substance………which is of course cold comfort to those who have been intimidated by loyalists.
There has been no inter-community rioting. Despite loyalist provocation the VIOLENCE remains confined to being loyalists attacking PSNI…….and PSNI being overly-restrained. Indeed the protests seemed to have failed to provoke the wider violence that appears to be the reason behind it all.
Take the “no surrenderrrrrrrrrrrrrrr” woman. That was the most dramatic appearance of a loyalist protester at the door of a public building since Michael Stone was grappled to the ground at Stormont. “May McFetridge” seemed to me to be more interested in getting her fifteen minutes of fame on the telly.
Perhaps………I am now leading a sheltered life. I am not travelling in and out of Belfast so I am inclined to think of these protests as a demonstration of loyalist stupidity and impotence…….albeit with the capacity to injure and kill.
Which brings me to a post on Slugger O’Toole about the Peace Rallies at the weekend. The question is are they worth it?
And there is no clear answer. Certainly I recall my mother and her friends marching on the Shankill Road in Belfast…..and I have been at the odd mass rally at City Hall myself. But ………..Im not sure we need a Peace Rally for the “Flegs” issue. It is a simple matter of thuggery and an ineffective PSNI response (for political reasons). The faceless organisers can turn the protests……and the violence……..off and on.
Nationalists have not been lured into violence………so why have a Peace Rally? In fact the call for a Rally ……in itself…….suggests an agenda that might involve re-visiting democratic decisions.
Is the Peace Rally merely a tactic to get people off a hook on which they impaled themselves?