(1) The Irish News has always been a stalwart defender of the Parades Commission but yesterday on the Evening Extra programme on Radio Ulster, the Irish News journalist Allison Morris took a different line. During the discussion Allison Morris stated that 'at times' the determinations of the Parades Commission 'seem to defy logic.'
This is something that I and other unionists have been saying for a long time. Too many of their determinations are incoherent and inconsistent. Very often when we say such things we are criticised by the Irish News but at last an Irish News journalist has come to the same conclusion.
It would be nice to see the Irish News carry a front page headline criticising the Parades Commission in this way but that may be a step too far for them. Nevertheless one of their senior journalists has set out her position very clearly.
A good example of this is the determinations on the Crumlin Road, when parades come down to the Woodvale Road. For one parade they will allow a band to come down playing music, another time they will say that it has to be a single drum beat and then another time they will prohibit the band from walking down that section of the road. Even for the same band there are inconsistent determinations. Such decisions are beyond comprehension and, to use the words of Allision Morris, they 'seem to defy logic'.
Inconsistent, incoherent and incomprehensible decisions are a major contributor to the anger and resentment against the Parades Commission and have brought the Commission into disrepute.
(2) Connla Young has devoted an entire article in today's Irish News to the issues that I blogged about yesterday. Such coverage is excellent and helps to increase the number of people who view the blog. I couldn't ask for better publicity and I'm just glad I don't have to pay for it!