Beware a march to hysteria on Orange Order parades

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Last month, after a pandemic hiatus, the Orange Order marched through Glasgow. Thousands took part and many more spectated. Fourteen arrests followed for offences including sectarian and racist singing. Press coverage was marked by hysteria and hyperbole. This was bigotry without culture, opined one writer, with even quality papers descending into sensationalism.

Yet marches and parades have been well scrutinised. The Orr Review (2005) recommended only minor legislative revision; recent reviews for Scottish ministers suggested a system working well; the Bracadale review fed into the Hate Crime and Public Order Act (2021).