Its about time this Orange Order stuff was ended. Looking at some of the footage on the BBC News this was out and out thuggish criminal behaviour as yet uncondemned by the ignorant Orange bigots.
Given the shenagans earlier this year when the democratically elected Belfast City Council decided to only fly the Union flag on Belfast City Hall on the same days it is flown on other public buildings in the rest of the UK I reckon anyone trying to stop the Orange Order is asking for serious trouble.
I was in Belfast on the 12th last year. Purely by coincidence. My wife, son and I had decided on a holiday in Ulster and the period covering the 12th was the only time we could all be off together.
We arrived on the evening of the 11th and the Crown LIquor Saloon in Belfast - the only place you can get cask ales - was closed! But we had a nice meal in another pub and drank Guiness (the Smithwicks Ale is ####) We set off for the Giants Causeway on the 12th and the road was lined with people in camp chairs waiting for the parade. We got to Bushmills, with the intention of visiting the distillery (I love Bushmills Black Bush) but it was closed for the 12th! The Orangemen were out in force though and one of the pubs was doing a brisk trade in "Ulster Fries" for the marchers. We visited the famous rope bridge over the Atlantic and the Giants Causeway and TBF saw as many cars with Eire registrations as with NI ones. We stayed the night at Port Stewart a pleasant seaside resort. The following day we travelled to Downies in Donegal, the only way we could tell we'd crossed the border was that the roadsigns changed to Km's. Downies is a pleasant place. The following day back to Belfast for the Titanic experience (waste of money) and cask ales at the Crown.
To say we were there when the trouble should be at its hottest we saw nothing troubling at all apart from a little girl who fell off the Giants Causeway and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance.
BTW don't the Bonfire Societies at Lewes in Sussex burn effigies of the Pope?