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Motto stands for more than the UDA

The article, 'Anger over UDA motto on band flags paid for by council' (News, July 8), describes 'Quis Separabit' as a 'UDA motto' and implies, therefore, that it is somehow offensive.

The most basic of research would reveal that this motto, meaning 'Who will separate us?', has been associated with British patriotism and Irish unionism going back at least two centuries.

It is/has been used by numerous British Army regiments, including the Royal Dragoon Guards, the Royal Ulster Rifles, the London Irish Rifles, the Irish Guards, North Irish Horse, Connaught Rangers, Royal Irish Lancers and Ulster Defence Regiment. It is also the motto of the Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick.

Last, but not least, it is also the motto that features on the Northern Ireland coat of arms.

R McAllister

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