Wednesday, June 19, 2002

With a Panorama documentary on BBC TV tonight, papers are full of stories relating to alleged collusion between the police and the paramilitaries. David McKittrick, John Ware, and David Sharrock have all written extensive articles.

Rumours of the impending collapse of the peace process unless there is an increase in the confidence of the Unionist population. Pressure continues to be applied to Blair to move against Sinn Fein over alleged breaches of the IRA ceasefire. Here’s an web discussion on where the DUP policy may be leading.

Meanwhile, Councillor Joe O’Donnell calls for independent observers to monitor the disturbed areas in and around the Short Strand. Loyalist activist Billy Mitchell points out the degree of divergence between the poltical process and what is actually happening on the ground.