19th April 2004
I have been reading with interest recent articles in relation to discipline, or rather lack of discipline, within the Orange Order.
I am sure those who, like me, have been following this subject over the years have noted the contradiction in the two recent statements of the ‘spokeswoman’ for the Orange Order. In March (B.T. 24/3/04), following the conviction of Harry Speers, she informed us that “. . . , he will be automatically expelled as a result of his conviction,”
Now (B.T. 13/4/04) she informs us that “nothing can be done” about the unnamed member, allegedly involved in the murder of John Allen, who also has a conviction for armed robbery.
Perhaps the ‘spokeswoman’ should consider the wise words of the sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln: – “You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can’t fool all of the people all the time.
Rev. Brian Kennaway
Education Committee, GOLI.
4th May 2005
I read with some interest the letter from an un-named ‘Local Orangeman’ in relation to the criminal Conviction of Mr Roy Thompson and his standing as a DUP candidate for Antrim Council.
It might be of interest for your readers to know that Roy Thompson is not the only criminal standing as a DUP candidate in the forthcoming elections. I am not a member of any political party, but I am concerned for the integrity of the political process, and I believe that all political parties should only field candidates with personal moral integrity. If political parties, of any description, continue to field criminals as candidates the could go down in history as the party of ‘high crimes and misdemeanours’ .
It might also be of interest for your readers to know that the un-named ‘Local Orangeman’ is incorrect. Roy Thompson has been expelled from the Institution. According to the statement of the Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Denis Watson, “Anyone convicted of a criminal offence is automatically expelled from the Institution” (BBC Spotlight 17th October 2000)
Brian Kennaway (Rev)
Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland.