In response to a proposal by Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney that a new Meánscoil (Irish language secondary school) could be sited on the former site of Faughan Valley High School in Drumahoe, Campbell said:
"The second matter is that Mr McCartney also doesn't understand what the local response would be, if there were an approach to the Orange Order to see if a suitable site becoming available in [Derry's] Creggan estate, would they be interested in providing a boost to cultural education in that area?"Two things stand out from Campbell's odd response. Firstly, that he assumes a negative response (from local Protestant/unionist residents) to a school, merely because of its language of instruction. Why does he assume such bigotry? No young person will be obliged to go to it – nobody is proposing that it should be compulsory for local children to attend it – so what could his problem be? The presence of Irish-speakers in 'Protestant' territory? Secondly, his bizarre 'equivalence' between a place of education (the Meánscoil) and the Orange Order. Is this a new front in the campaign by unionist extremists to equate everything culturally Irish (first the GAA, now schools) with his community's triumphalist trouble-makers?
The clear message is that Campbell thinks that Drumahoe is for (bigoted) Protestants only, and that no culturally 'Irish' institution should be allowed. This is pure cultural apartheid – of the sort that his party colleague Upper Bann MLA Stephen Moutray strongly criticised only one week ago:
"The idea that sectarian groups can unilaterally decide who will walk on a particular road is a case of cultural apartheid. Public space should be shared not divided between different groups."
The DUP seems to be speaking with two voices on this. Should space be shared – in which case a Meánscoil in Drumahoe is welcome – or should it be divided – in which case Orange feet should stay off the Garvaghy Road?