Tricolour at half mast for McGuinness March 24, 2017Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
How could this be a matter of any controversy at all? God forbid anything happened to Arlene Foster but it would be entirely appropriate as a mark of respect for a political leader of Irish unionism for a similar respect to be extended to her as it was, absolutely correctly, to Ian Paisley.
Though I notice that in the IT report:
The flag was not lowered when the former Northern Ireland first minister Ian Paisley died in 2014. Such a gesture was not considered appropriate at the time, given that Dr Paisley had a minimal relationship with the State.
Minimal. Perhaps, but not non-existent. And his efforts to work with McGuinness and Republicans and Nationalists and all citizens of Northern Ireland in a manner that puts at least one of his successors to shame were exemplary. And he too was someone who had, shall we say, a rather conflicted history – indeed compare and contrast with McGuinness and one could even argue that his position changed significantly later in his life than his Republican counterpart.