Police Scotland officer under investigation over Orange Order complaint
Officer reportedly calls member of the public “over sensitive” after complaint about mocking of holocaust victims
POLICE SCOTLAND is investigating an officer after it was alleged they refused to take a formal complaint about pictures of a Halloween party held in an Orange Lodge hall in Airdrie.
Mick Clocherty: This is your one chance to be cool, Orange Order, don't flunk it
Writer Mick Clocherty speaks to transgender woman Adrianne Elson, a former member of the Orange Order who'd like to rejoin the women's lodge, and says there's a lesson of equality in it for all
THERE'S a mythical beast that can be found roaming the West of Scotland and Northern Ireland, but it has been sighted all over the world.
Labour council leader who funded the Orange Order faces calls to step down
Falkirk council leader Craig Martin struggling with disunity after misuse of funds claim
CRAIG MARTIN, the Labour council leader who supported public funding for the Orange Order, will face calls to step down this week from opposition SNP councillors.
Martin was at the heart of a community-grant dispute last month after he voted to give the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland £1,145 of extra funding, despite the controversial group being blamed for causing sectarian tensions.
Labour party council leader votes to give Orange Order 'community' funding
Council leader Craig Martin votes to grant Orange Order £1,145 of public funds
THE LABOUR PARTY LEADER of Falkirk council has pushed through over £1,000 in public grant funding to support the controversial Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland.
Craig Martin was one of eight Falkirk Labour councillors who supported giving the order a ‘community grant’ of £1,145, despite opposition claims that this represents a misuse of public funds.
Police Scotland to take no action on "disturbing" Orange Order Hitler and child abuse images
Investigation over pictures taken in Orange Lodge hall in Airdrie finds “no offence” was committed
POLICE SCOTLAND has closed the investigation relating to pictures taken during Orange Order Halloween parties that mocked Holocaust victims and depicted child sex abuse.
The snaps, taken at an Orange Lodge hall in Airdrie in 2010 and 2013, were exposed by the Sunday Herald in July of this year after they emerged on social media.
Police Scotland investigating racist 'Famine Song' singing at Glasgow Orange parade
Orange Order supporters sing racist 'Famine Song' as march proceeds through Glasgow
POLICE SCOTLAND is investigting alleged instances of "sectarian abuse" on an Orange Order parade through Glasgow City Centre (GCC).
Former CommonSpace journalist Liam O'Hare captured video footage of spectators singing the 'Famine Song' which calls for Scots of Irish descent to return to Ireland. Orange bands were playing the tune to the song during the singing.
Gary Elliot: Orange walks are a problem - but beware the dangers of calling to ban them
By Gary Elliot
LIKE many of a pro-independence persuasion, I'm not the biggest fan of the Call Kaye/Morning Call programme on Radio Scotland. Fortunately I don't tend to hear it that often, so that's one less thing to drive my stress levels into overdrive. I do sometimes catch it, however, when I'm driving somewhere for a meeting or something like that.
#OrangeFest: The last stand of an organisation in terminal decline?
Professor Tom Devine and the Orange Order speak to CommonSpace
ON SATURDAY, there is a festival taking place in Glasgow's George Square. It's set to be a noisy and colourful affair, billed as a celebration of "history and culture". For the weans there are trampolines, bouncy castles and slides. Expect thousands of people with lots of music and speeches. Expect also bevvying, boisterousness, and, yes, bigotry.
The Herald: Orangemen, progressives and defending the indefensible
By Common Weal communications officer Katie Gallogly-Swan
LIKE many central belters, the semantic web of religion, football and Scottish identity were thrust upon me just in time for me to distinguish blue from green.
Between a Catholic mother who put her foot down when it came to Catholic religion and schooling, and an Atheist-Protestant father who begrudgingly agreed, I learned all the offensive songs and derogatory terms about these respective identities before I could say spaghetti straight.