Opposition to Scottish Referendum
The Article by Liam Clarke given the headline “Orange march ‘boost for Yes vote’” (Belfast Telegraph 3 September) caused me to reflect on the history of Orange support for failed causes.
From the inception of the Institution, the leadership at least, have opposed:
The Catholic Emancipation Act.
The Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland.
The Secret Ballot Act.
The Third Home Rule Bill.
The Sunningdale Agreement.
The Anglo-Irish Agreement
The Belfast Agreement.
The only success – if that is what it was – was to bring down the Sunningdale Agreement.
Perhaps the headline, without the quotation marks, is a more accurate reflection of the present state of affairs.
Brian Kennaway (Rev)
This letter appeared in the Belfast Telegraph on 8th September 2014
edited out – ref to Sunningdale Agreement.