Stormont crisis; the case for spying

Roy Greenslade in the Guardian throws the light back on the Loyalist paramilitaries, and asks why the attention seems to be exclusively on the IRA:

“…the loyalist mayhem continues under the noses of police, because the IRA remains the bogeyman for the security forces – police special branch, army and MI5 – known in republican terminology as the securocrats.”

On the Stormont:

“If either Sinn Fein or the IRA has spied on the government, they have done so either for political reasons or because they know they are still under constant surveil lance and are merely imitating the spooks. Sauce for goose and gander, surely? It may well be possible to argue that some material may be useful to terrorists. But the IRA hasn’t engaged in terrorism for years.”