Should Glasgow City Council allow Orangefest to go ahead?

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Some 2,000 people are expected to attend Orangefest in George Square this weekend despite a 25,000 signature petition trying to halt it. 

4th June 2015 by Robert Armour 2 Comments

Should Glasgow City Council allow Orangefest to go ahead?

Poll results (total votes: 417)

Should Glasgow City Council allow Orangefest to go ahead?
Answer:
Yes
Votes:
47
Ratio:
11.27%
Answer:
No
Votes:
370
Ratio:
88.73%

An awareness raising festival organised by the Orange Order is to take place in Glasgow’s George Square this weekend.

Billed as an attempt to open dialogue in a divided city with the aid of history talks, choirs and even a bouncy castle, the order says it is responding to calls to become more transparent.  

But for opponents, the use of Glasgow’s most prominent public square to the Orange Order to explain its cultural heritage is going too far.

An online petition opposing the event has gathered nearly 25,000 signatures with critics saying the council is fostering bigotry by allowing the event to take place.

What do you think? Should the council allow the event to take place, considering the violence and unrest that Orange walks sometimes leave in their wake? Or do you believe it is a genuine attempt by the order to become more transparent?   

Comments

4th June 2015 by Charlie harvey

Should never be allowed this is 21st century .Lets stamp out bigotry there will be trouble on Saturday . Shame on you Glasgow .

5th June 2015 by Alan

The third sector (and the left?) need to get a grip. This is not a proscribed organisation. Historically they're sectarian from their bowler hats to their well polished brogues. But they also have a legitimate role in representing an element of the reformed tradition in Scotland. I would hazard a guess that those who want to ban the event will also have problems with religion of any sort in the public space and think that Catholic schools are at the root of sectarianism (they're not). Besides, Orangefest has a great line up of bands. Check this out:Guns 'n' Nae Rosaries. Grand Master Sash King Will.i.am Larkhall & Oates Sergeant Billy's Lonely Red Hand Band Death Cab For Catholics Penny Arcade Fire (Walter Smith's) Cardigans Prod Stewart Masonic Youth Ally's In Chains New (Orange) Order Auld Lizzy Judas Nae Priest Hue and Cry (Was No Surrender) Boyne Jovi Lodge Zeppelin Flutewood Mac Ulstervox Chuck Derry