"The council is prepared to voluntarily grant a reasonable amount of expressions of freedom" - Glasgow Council
Pay to march, Orange Lodge told - Scotsman.com News
The contribution will be voluntary because, as a non-profit organisation, the Orange Lodge is exempt from paying for any policing. However, police and council chiefs will warn that if the Lodge does not pay, they will restrict the number of parades which can take place every year.
One senior source said: "A reasonable starting point is the deal the police have done with the football clubs. We want to say to the Orange Lodge, let's talk about how you contribute to the cost of this. It would be a voluntary agreement that reflects the fact that the council is prepared to voluntarily grant a reasonable amount of expressions of freedom."
If the Lodge refuses to pay, the source said, then "the authorities will be more prepared to refuse them permission, and that includes the Irish organisations which have been deemed to be inflammatory". The source added: "We are also considering going to the Scottish Government and saying we need legislation that allows us to limit the number of parades which draws a limit of what is deemed to be an acceptable number on what freedom of expression is."
The Lodge says it is prepared to cut down on the total number, but last night warned it would vehemently oppose any payment regime.
Ian Wilson, the grand master of the Orange Lodge, said: "I don't think it would be just us who would oppose this. This is a libertarian matter.
"The police force is a public service. This is a democratic society and we should be free to demonstrate."
So Glasgow Council think that they decide what is, and can generously grant permission for, a "reasonable amount of freedom of expression" do they? Well they can fuck right off, or is that an unreasonable expression of freedom that they won't allow.