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Loyalist culture's positive factor

Published 03/07/2014

DR Paul Nolan, from Queen's University, Belfast, has stated, in a survey, that unionist-based parades are up in number. Of course they are, when unionist and loyalist culture is being attacked from many sides.

The unionist people are at their best when their backs are to the wall and this is certainly true at the minute, with disastrous and flip-flop decisions by the Parades Commission and the removal of the country's flag from Belfast City Hall and the protests and parades that followed.

Many of the "new" parades are linked to the commemoration of murdered brethren and sisters – ethnically cleansed by republican terrorists. It is time the media looked at the loyal orders, loyalist bands and associated events in a less biased fashion and started to tell how positive the unionist and loyalist parading culture has been to the development of Northern Ireland.

STEVAN PATTERSON

Castlederg, Co Tyrone

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