We’ve read a number of comments recently where it has been suggested to us that we should be talking to the council about our parades.
The most vocal of these has come from Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council who decided to talk to us through the medium of a newspaper, rather than with us in a call or meeting.
Cllr Aitken suggests that we should be talking to the council and voluntarily re-routing parade routes for upcoming events, and if we fail to do so, then “Glasgow City Council will insist”.
We understand why elected politicians need to look after their voters and talk tough, however, we also know that at times they can also be selective in what information they put out there.
What wasn’t mentioned anywhere in that article is that officials from the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland have been seeking a meeting with Cllr Aitken since her appointment as leader of the Council to discuss parade routes. What wasn’t mentioned was that the route was approved by the Police and City Council to take into account other events taking place around the city.
Perhaps instead of spending time speaking to the media, Councillors could speak with us where we are always happy to discuss dates, times and routes of our parades.
Once again we find ourselves on the sharp end of articles where a picture is painted that we are imposing routes, dates and times on a brow-beaten council who feel powerless to stand up to us. In reality, we actually work very well with Police Scotland and officials at Glasgow City Council where compromise and dialogue is healthy and productive.
But why let these facts get in the way of a good story.