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Mark Carruthers was joined by Billy Hutchinson (PUP), Alasdair McDonnell (SDLP) and Mike Nesbitt (UUP) on yesterday’s Sunday Politics for a discussion about flegs.
Billy Hutchinson, the leader of the Progressive Unionist Party repeated the claim he made on Friday that he is not a loyalist leader.
As to who put up the flegs, he said “it was Protestants who put them up.”
Previously: Any Fenians Will Do
First Minister Peter Robinson has rejected Sinn Féin claims he was showing cowardice as a politician.
Earlier this month Deputy First Minster Martin McGuinness accused Mr Robinson of “cowardice of the worst kind”.
He claimed Mr Robinson had not spoken out about alleged UVF involvement in violence and racist intimidation.
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA said: “I have stood shoulder to shoulder with unionist leaders in condemning the activities of so-called dissident republicans.
“We have not seen the same united approach in response to UVF-orchestrated violence against isolated members of our ethnic minority communities, against the small nationalist community of the Short Strand, against the PSNI during the flag protests or against Alliance party offices.“
From the 1980s, the then MP for East Belfast Peter Robinson was interviewed by John Ware for BBC’s Panorama (above) where he described Loyalist prisoners as “counter-terrorists”.
Previously: Was It For This?
File Pic: Photocall Ireland
Progressive Unionist Party leader Billy Hutchinson has repeated his assertion in today’s Belfast News Letter that he has no regrets about his part in the sectarian murder of two half-brothers in 1974.
Edward Morgan (27) and Michael Loughran (18) were gunned down on the Falls Road in Belfast as they walked to work on the morning of October 21st.
During the murder trial, evidence was heard that the killers drove around and selected their victims randomly. Hutchinson served 15 years of a life sentence. He previously stated his lack of regret in Peter Taylor’s BBC documentary Loyalists in 1999 (above).
Last December Saw our fleg depart
And it wasn’t okay
‘Cause it’s not on display
We want it to reappear
That’s basically it in a nutshell
‘Last December’, a Wham! parody for charity by satirists Loyalists Against Democracy (LAD).
LAD were born a year ago this week in response to loyalists protesting at the flying of the Union Jack from Belfast City Hall solely on designated days.
The single, launched last week with proceeds going to SOS Bus NI, climbed Amazon’s mp3 chart and was a 10/1 bet to make the Christmas Number One spot.
Until a Dublin musician called ‘Frankie Regan’ made a complaint to the music distributors claiming the lyrics were sectarian and SOS took the decision to step away from the single.
‘Frankie Regan’, it has since emerged, is a known anti-Lad lad from Coleraine.
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“Well you know I find it very rich that an American would tell us to think about a new
flegflag how they actually bow down to their flag. You know, from my point of view, you know, the Union Jack is the national flag of the country. I am British and I live in Britain. So, I don’t want to see a new flag or do I want to even be involved in trying to create one.”
Current PUP leader and former UVF member Billy Hutchinson with Noel Thompson on BBC One’s Spotlight last night.
Irvine was recently named by BBC’s Spotlight programme as a UVF commander.
Camp Twaddell was set up as a ‘civil rights camp’ to support loyalists who have been prevented from marching past Ardoyne shops.
Meanwhile, the Parades Commission has given the go-ahead for a loyalist parade in Belfast city centre on Saturday week.
Previously: Branded A Loyalist
Pics: Claire Marie Graham
Good people of Bangor – relax. Your safety is in excellent hands *shudder*
On Wednesday evening social media was buzzing with rumours that the comedian Russell Brand had visited a loyalist protest camp in North Belfast.
It has been confirmed to BBC News NI that the visit did take place but no one on Russell Brand’s team wished to comment.
The visit was organised by Nobel Prize winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire.
Loyalists have been protesting out at Twaddell Avenue since July following a decision to restrict an orange parade.
Meanwhile, new subtitled footage (above) has emerged from his recent Newsnight interview with Jeremy Paxman.
Russell Brand visits loyalist protest camp at Twaddell Avenue, Belfast (BBC News NI)
LAD were founded last December at the height of the Belfast City Hall fleg shenanigans and quickly gained a large following via Facebook with their endless lampooning of the flegger’s racist, sectarian and semi-literate rants.
Their mission in their own words is:
to drive sectarianism out of our country through the use of satire and parody.
As LAD post videos and photos highlighting offensive material of loyalists on their Facebook page, loyalists in turn are reporting their own material to Facebook as offensive. This is the paradox which could only happen in
Ireland Ulster Northern Ireland the United Kingdom are pravence whatevs.
For the moment, they are back on Facebook again. This time as BELFASTLAD.
In the meantime, they hope followers and friends will contact Facebook and highlight their plight.
Stick it in a paaaaan-nationalist front.
Pic: Jim Fitzpatrick
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