How thugs kill festive spirit
This week, the week that should be the busiest and best in Belfast's business calendar, is already book-ended by bullies.
On Monday, there was the near-horror of a dissident bomb (above) outside the city centre's premier shopping centre.
On Saturday, the biggest shopping day of the year, the flag protest rolls into town.
The dissidents offer nothing but savagery.
The flag protests aren't actually about the flag, but the self-promotion of pipsqueaks desperate for their name in the news.
Dissidents and protesters are now allies in trying to bring Belfast to its knees.
Says it all.