SWW's arguments in regards to the flying of the British flag over Belfast City Hall are both hypocritical and typical of a certain shade of unionism's bully-boy tactics.
Firstly, the handful of letters printed in the Belfast Telegraph do not “show how strongly the pro-British population feel about this matter,” they show how strongly that handful of individuals feel about this matter.
SWW then goes on to say that the removal of the flag will leave community relations “dreadfully damaged,” and that the city cannot afford “political turmoil.” This is sadly reminiscent of the type of unionism we thought had been left behind with the last decade. Do what we want or else we'll bring everything down.
SWW remarks with horror that the removal of the flag would make Belfast a “nationalist city”; this is pig-headedness in the extreme.
Nobody is suggesting the tricolour and Starry Plough are then hoisted over the building. The point is to make Belfast City Centre a shared space for all. Why must it be a nationalist or unionist city, why can’t it just be a city?
In the interests of peace, respect and equality, both or neither of the flags that the people of this country claim allegiance to should be flown, with perhaps one or the other being flown on special occasions, such as Easter or Remembrance Day..