NOT so long ago, a Prime Minister got into quite a bit of trouble for claiming that Saddam Hussein could launch a chemical attack on coalition forces within 45 minutes of the order being given. Last night the UDA went one further, and launched a bitumen attack on a car within 45 minutes of its ceasefire being recognised by the Government.
The mother of an SDLP councillor in Larne has blamed the UDA – who have a track record in attacking her family – for intimidating her and her son last night. So, just to be clear, 45 minutes after the UDA was officially despecified, it was allegedly intimidating nationalists in Larne. Officialy, that is a ceasefire breach, and in breach of Paragraph 13 of the Joint Declaration. It won’t be treated as such, because it would make the Government look stupid for trusting the UDA. I wonder if the Secretary of State referred to this in his speech to the Commons today?