UDA ceasefire to be recognised…

THE Secretary of State – who obviously didn’t read the recent IMC report – is expected to announce that he is recognising the UDA ceasefire later today. A good week then for UDA leader Jackie McDonald, after he was spotted in St Patrick’s hall watching Mary McAleese’s Presidential inauguration yesterday.

UPDATE: Analysis here from the BBC’s Barney Rowan.

  • willowfield

    What does it matter whether the Government recognises the ceasefire or not?

    When they “de-recognised” it, it didn’t make a blind bit of business. UDA gangsters were free to walk the streets as they were previously.

  • ShayPaul

    And what do Unionist politicians propose to do about the problem of loyalist paramilitaries?

    Condemn their existence ……

  • Davros

    Well Shay , as nobody in the DUP or UUP seems to be running the UVF or UDA, all they can do is try to get a decent policing system up and running with fullest possible community support – and the reason we don’t have a decent policing set up is because SF are playing silly buggers.

  • North Antrim Realist

    The question is not why is he recognising the the UDA ceasefire it is, why is he not removing recognition of the IRA ceasfire and maintaining that against the UDA at the same time?

    These organisations are all involved in gangsterism and terrorism.

  • ShayPaul

    Well Davros, we wont get into whataboutery now will we?

    “the reason we don’t have a decent policing set up is because SF are playing silly buggers”

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    “the reason SF are playing silly buggers is because we don’t have a decent policing set up”

    and so it turns and turns and society disappears up its own backside.

    You know my position on policing :

    Implement Patten -> Everyone supports police -> police go after hoods -> society gets better.

    Seems that you agree somewhat.

    Policing alone is not the answer to my question.

    The question was a simple one :

    What do Unionist politicians propose to do about the problem of loyalist paramilitaries ?

    Blame them on the SF is your reply, hardly a constructive proposal.

    Seriously now :

    Talk to them ?

    Treat the core problems of poverty in the areas concerned ?

    Create a new value system for these areas which consists in more than being better than the taigs ?

    Where is the political leadership on this ?

  • Davros

    Implement Patten -> Everyone supports police -> police go after hoods -> society gets better.

    Stepping outside of the GFA ? Tut tut šŸ˜‰

  • Henry94

    This is a welcome development. There are people in the UDA who are trying to show leadership and the governments have decided to offer them support. That is a brave strategy.

    The easy thing would be to take no risk and hide behind platitudes about violence. This is the better way. All those involved in bringing it about deserve our thanks.

  • ShayPaul

    What do Unionist politicians propose to do about the problem of loyalist paramilitaries ?

    Trimbles answer

    At least he is ready to show leadership on this one.

    Anyone got more details on his speech on this subject ?