The disunion flag

11th August 2000 at 01:00
THE DIARY managed successfully to ignore the Queen Mum's birthday completely last week. Sadly, Martin McGuinness had no such luck.

The Sinn Fein negotiator and Northern Ireland education minister has decreed that no British flags will fly over Rathgael House, his department's HQ in Bangor, as long as he's in charge.

That hasn't gone down too well with the Orangemen, but they've bitten their lips in the name of eace ... until things got too much for them last Friday.

McGuinness rejected a plea to fly the flag for the day in her majesty's honour (she is of course one of the few people who can remember a united Ireland, albeit united under her father-in-law). So, in a fit of centenary madness, some miscreants sneaked onto the roof and ran it up anyway.

It didn't stay up long, apparently, but still, poor show.

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