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Public Survey on Bigot Parades 2005-02-23

Posted by clype in Glasgow, Intolerance, Statistics.
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A public consultation on the impact of bigot parades on Glasgow received 3 680 responses — 3 485 of them from people associated with ‘The Orange Order’. All 3 485 were against proposed changes by the city council, which include requiring 28 days’ notice for all marches and the paying of a ‘behaviour bond’. As a result, they were treated as a single response. The research by Glasgow City Council into bigot parades is published today, based on the responses to the consultation. It was launched in 2004-06, before publication of guidelines for the city’s 300 annual processions. The report says:

‘The consultation highlighted strong concern, among both organisations and the individual respondents, that some processions harm the city’s image, as well as having a negative impact on life in Glasgow’.

The council’s breakdown of the figures showed 78 per cent of organisations and 58 per cent of individuals agreed broadly with the council’s policy. A total of 91 per cent of organisations and 74 per cent of individuals agreed there should be negotiations with groups such as ‘The Orange Order’ and Irish ‘Republican’ associations on the number of parades they can hold. Anonymous comments that individual respondents had included in their responses were included in the report. One 34-year-old man wrote:

‘I have lived in Glasgow for four years.

‘The only thing that makes me consider moving out again is “Sectarianism”.

‘I know many other young people who moved to Glasgow feel similarly; who wants to bring up their children watching that every Saturday?’

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