Talking about flags – more from that RedC poll… January 17, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, Northern Ireland.
Voting for the status quo… that flag issue.
In the recent RedC/Paddy Power poll there was the following question:
Recently Belfast City Council restricted the flying of the Union flag over Belfast City Hall, by limiting the number of days it can be flown to 17 days per year. Do you think the council were.. Right/Wrong/Don’t Know
And the figures? Right 36%, Wrong 46% and DK 18%.
Can’t help but feel this slots right into a discourse of ‘don’t bother us about up there’. Could it be that the threat and actuality of paramilitary violence and protest – and perhaps loyalist violence in particular – is still enormously potent in shaping responses in this state.
And that’s unfortunate because it also suggests a detachment from the details of the issue: that this was a democratic vote, that it permitted the flying of the flag when the alternative was to not permit it at all and that the response to this has been extra-political and at times extremely violent.
That the reality is that public opinion in the Republic has at best tangential influence on this is another matter entirely.