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Anyone remember Dr Ian Adamson (former MLA & presently Belfast City councillor)?
Ian took to the stage at about 3 o’clock on Saturday to talk about something called the ‘Grand Centenary Committee’. This committee, in the words of Ian Adamson, will ‘promote the ideals of unionist unity’.
Great – so what is it?
The centenary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant is coming up in 2012. If I understand this correctly, the UUP holds the sole legal entitlement to all archive materials in the Public Records Office relating to the Convention. So in order to ensure all sections of the Unionist community can benefit from this archive, and to promote widest possible understanding / engagement etc, the UUP has invited major organisations within the Unionist community (DUP, TUV, PUP, OO, Ind OO, Apprentice Boys of Derry etc etc etc etc) to send representatives to a Grand Centenary Committee.
David Campbell said that this committee would endeavour to teach young people about their heritage and to show how the values which shaped the 1912 covenant are relevant to today.
I’ll be inviting some comment on the make up and remit of this committee – goals, objectives, scheme of work etc. Unionist confidence, and lack of, has ever been with us. This committee in addition to educating about the past holds the potential to promote self-confidence, harmony and mutual understanding amongst people (who may otherwise discuss only their antipathies to one another).
There is great potential in this committee. How can it maximise its potential? I’ll be posting up more on this at a later date…