It was perhaps inevitable after the G8 Summit that “British” police would be flown into Norn Iron for the Twelfth.
There is perhaps a great principle for Republicans. BRITISH police!!!! In Norn Iron???
Personally I am very relaxed about it all. If “British” policemen start battering nationalist residents off their own streets, I will be of course outraged.
On the other hand, if they start battering the Orange camp followers…I suppose I could live it.
The most likely scenario is that the “British” police will be on traffic duty and routine amiable patrolling in small places like Rathfriland or Moneymore. They will be well away from the action. They will be using their cellphones and posting pics on Facebook. And tweeting the wife and/or girlfriend back home in London, Grimsby and Margate.
” Me and an Orangeman”
” Me and a Lambeg Drum”
One or two might get berated by some nutter in the field at Bally-Go-Backwards. But …the overtime money will be handy.
But no epic poem. “Into the Valley of Death Rode the Six Hundred…,”
I dont know if it could start a precedent.
PSNI officers policing the Notting Hill Carnival perhaps.
But …if money is no object… why not just fly the Orangemen, their bands and supporters to England for the day. Residents in Ardoyne would be delighted. Not sure what they would make of it all in London, Grimsby and Margate.