Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Flagging up a concern about Alliance actions

I AM disappointed at the stance adopted by Alliance on the issue of the flying of the Union flag at Belfast city hall.

Alliance, Sinn Fein and the SDLP all set in place a public consultation process about the issue.

If you initiate a consultation process and people make their views known, what sort of a democratic party then chooses to ignore the opinions of the people and proceed with their own intolerant ideas?

Unionist members of the council, whether Ulster Unionist, DUP or PUP, did not commence this argument. It was started by nationalists. Regrettably, Alliance has accommodated them.

Some Alliance supporters have claimed a move to designated days would represent a normalisation of Belfast with other UK cities. This is incorrect. The findings of the council's own report showed that the predominant practice in Great Britain is for the Union flag to fly 365 days-a-year at council head offices.

Alliance should be in no doubt of the importance which many people throughout the community attach to this issue.

They should do the right thing and block the proposal from Sinn Fein and the SDLP to rip the flag off the City Hall on all but a tiny number of days.

If they do not change their stance and their pandering to Sinn Fein and the SDLP, then everyone will see that, in Alliance's vision of a 'shared future', unionists are to be excluded.

CATHY CORBETT

Chair, Queen's University Young Unionists

To email your letter to the Editor click here

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz