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Tougher punishments for trespassing would bring our dangerous bonfires under control

Letter of the day: eleventh night pyres

I note with some personal interest the comments of your correspondent, Belfast Unionist (Write Back, July 20), where the author calls for the creation of a bonfire commission.

While this is a commendable suggestion in order to "solve the problem" (sic), it would only create another layer of bureaucracy in order to deal with one specific issue.

A more all-inclusive resolution would be to elevate trespass to a criminal offence.

This would deal with the issue of bonfires being created on any property other than the personal property of the person, or persons, who wish to build it.

It would also have the effect of solving the other perennial problem of flags, emblems, murals and any other matter being placed on any public, or private, property without the consent of the owner.

While I would share the cynicism of Belfast Unionist in relation to local politicians, this legislation would have to be enacted at Westminster. With the present deal between the DUP and the Conservatives, this would appear unlikely at the moment.

Meanwhile, 'ordinary' unionist people, like myself, will have to struggle on with these gross manifestations of what goes under the label of 'culture' until we get courageous political leadership.


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