So which MLAs are in the Orange Order?
The Stormont Register of Members’ Interests provides the information
Mr Tom Elliott is upfront about his membership of various Loyal Orders
as is Mr Simon Hamilton
and several other MLAs, such as, for example, Mr Danny Kennedy (UUP, Newry and Armagh),
Under item No 11. Unremunerated interests
Members are required to list in this section any relevant non-financial interest.
Minister McCausland seems to have overlooked this important point.
Or perhaps he didn’t understand it?
Now let’s consider the Democratic Unionist motion, which called the Parades Commission’s decision to place restrictions on the parade in Ardoyne “illogical”
Given such a close vote in support of the orange order’s call to protest 43 votes to 42.
Are we witnessing a Conflict of Interest?
Don’t forget Mr James Craig,
As Prime Minister of Northern Ireland from 1921-1940, he oversaw a concerted program of blatant discrimination against Catholics, almost all of whom were of Nationalist (anti-English) persuasion.
He was proud to boast that membership of the Orange Order, a secret, oath-bound sectarian movement meant more to him than membership of parliament (Campbell TJ, Fifty years of Ulster, Belfast 1941)
And so we come to Mr Robinson’s statement
“I think the Parades Commission got it completely wrong. I don’t believe that the Parades Commission have the respect or credibility in the community to continue in being.”
But the Parade Commission is legally constituted under the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998
So is the elephant in the room
An enormous conflict of interest?
If so, what is Mr Cameron going to do?