You may note the absence of a Union Flag outside the building. Presented with equality and good relations advice to fly it only on “designated days”, the DUP, Ulster Unionists and Alliance Parties agreed.
The DUP dominates this Council. Currently, with the Mayor’s casting vote, it has an absolute majority of seats on its own.
You may note – though only if you look really really closely – the presence of a Union Flag on the building. Presented with equality and good relations advice to fly it only on “designated days”, the DUP and Ulster Unionists embarked on a campaign suggesting the Alliance Party was doing Sinn Fein’s bidding. How? By, er, agreeing to the precise same policy Unionists themselves adopted in neighbouring Lisburn where the DUP has an absolute majority…
Now, does a campaign delivering 30,000 misleading leaflets and managing an orchestrated “consultation” decrying the very party you need to negotiate with for adopting a policy you yourself adopted in a neighbouring Council strike you as a sensible move…?
Given the outcome, what should happen to those responsible for the campaign?