11/07/2005

Equality in action

I'm glad to see that the people of Derry have begun to take a mature, responsible and even-handed appraoch to Remembrance services with the news that both the Irish tricolour and the Union Jack were flown at a remembrance service in the city on Sunday. The whole issue of remembrance can be unnecessary divisive and despite the best efforts of many in the past, Unionists too often use this time of year as a chance to shove their identity down the throats of others. I have no problem with the Poppy so long as it is granted parity of esteem with the Easter Lilly, just as I have no problem with the Union Jack so long as it has the same equality and respect as the Irish tricolour.

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