New first minister, same old marching season headache

First Minister, the DUP's Arlene Foster. Picture by Hugh Russell
Every unionist leader must deal with the clash between loyalist street politics and the rule of law - and thanks to the marching season, they can count on having to deal with it annually. Peter Robinson, who never cared much for the ‘loyal orders’, was adept at kicking this can down the road. His protégé Arlene Foster may hope to do the same. However, that in turn would clash with her carefully crafted image as an RUC man’s daughter. All these contradictions came into play this week at a parading dispute on Belfast’s Ormeau Road. Foster addressed them by g[...]

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