The BBC are reporting a gun attack on a house in Ballymena, inhabited by a member of the local community association who had earlier tried to remind the mindless flag-erecters of an existing agreement on flags:
"A number of shots have been fired at a house in the Rossdale area of Ballymena, County Antrim. It happened at about 0030 BST on Tuesday. A man and woman in the house at the time were not injured. DUP councillor John Carson, who condemned the attack, said there had been tensions in the area over flags. He said it was the second attack on the property, which belongs to a member of a local community association. Councillor Carson said there had been a "deal done on flags last year" that they would be put up on 1 July and taken down on 31 August. However, he said this year someone had "taken it upon themselves" to put flags on every lamppost in the development. He added that the woman whose home was attacked approached those putting up the flags."
That is already bad – very bad. But it raises a particularly interesting question: whose gun fired the shots?
The Ulster Volunteer Force and Red Hand Commando confirmed that they had completed the process of rendering their arms and ammunition totally, and irreversibly, beyond use on Sunday. The UDA, although only 'starting to decommission' stated that "there is no place for guns and violence in the new society we are building."
So who fired the shots? Are there other loyalist groups that have slipped under the radar, or is one of the loyalist groups (as so often) lying. The identities of the flag-erecters, and their friends, are presumably well-known both locally and to the police, so it shouldn't be too hard to find out.
Yet again the close relationship between the unionist/loyalist flag fetishists and loyalist terrorists is displayed. And they wonder why normal people are repelled by their flags?