So the Twelfth went well. No Violence.
And people including Gerry Kelly MLA (Sinn Fein) and Alban Magennis MLA (SDLP), the Chief Constable of PSNI, and Duncan Morrow take to the airways and Twitter to congratulate everybody concerned. Even Niall O’Donghaille (SF) whose effigy was burned on a bonfire was much more understanding than I would have been.Curiously I think that everything went well because it was SUPPOSED to go well.
If things had not been meant to go well…things would have turned out very differently.
So I suspect that all the main players were fully aware …from early in the week…that it would turn out well. There are enough “academic facilitators” to do the negotiating.
This looks like the weekend that the Orange Order needed “something”. Brownie points to take to the next meeting of the Parades Commission. It looks to me that they will feel that they have earned some credit and that the next difficult decision will go their way. Maybe it is already signalled and that it will be left to the Ardoyne residents to deal with a reversal.
While DUP and Sinn Fein pay lip service to their own communities, portraying the “others” as villains …and getting votes on that basis….they know that they cannot win every round, without damaging the sham of the political process they are involved in.
They may hate each other. But they need each other. Too much power and too many salaries depend on it.