Saturday, June 30, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Over the past year or so I’ve been reflecting on social housing policy in Northern Ireland since devolution, and particularly during the 2007-11 administration during which local elected representatives were involved for the full period. The result is a working paper: ‘Policy difference and policy ownership under UK devolution: social housing policy in Northern Ireland’.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
- Continue to fly the Union flag every day
- Fly the Union flag on designated days such as the Queen’s birthday
- As above plus extra days ‘when appropriate’
- No flag at all
- A new, ‘neutral’ flag
- Both the Union flag and the Irish tricolour flying alongside each other (unclear for how many days a year)
- Unionists/ loyalists: Option 1
- Liberal unionists: Options 2 and 3
- Middle ground types such as Alliance supporters and myself: Options 4 and 5; majority of civil society groups also here. CRC offers to run competition for schoolchildren to design new flag
- Liberal nationalists: Option 5 (amendment: and 4)
- Nationalists and republicans: Option 6; republicans as a transitional stage to Option 7, Tricolour only.
Not only that, it’s also expensive. How much does it cost to run the consultation process, including an analysis of the responses, the writing of another committee report and the time taken to debate the issue all over again? At the current time, economic development should be the Council’s top priority and the decision on flag-flying should be the one that contributes the most to making the city feel safe and attractive for investment as well as for those of us who live here. Make a decision, councillors, and then get out and sell it to us.