Quote of the day…

Before I head off to bed, this has to be the money quote of the day, from a particularly laconic, but no less acute, Irish American reader in the heart of silicon valley:

I think that the political establishments are compromising the PSNI’s integrity (and hence their effectiveness in the long term) for sleazy short term goals that pull the politico’s chestnuts out of the fire.

  • cg

    Yanks?

  • James

    “Yanks?”

    Far worse.

    Californians

  • Davros

    I though he meant that they were yanking the chestnuts out of the fire ….

  • IJP

    That quote’s not far off though.

    The ‘political process’ has compromised the basic democratic requirement for effective law enforcement. That is the main issue of the Northern Bank robbery. And it cannot go on.

  • Bean Nighe

    PSNI integrity is on the line, they have degraded civilised standards of justice to gain short term political advantage for their masters. I would suggest a police force be seen a neutral, commenting only when a judge and jury say innocent or guilty. The damage this self evident political bias has caused may last for decades, the battle for hearts and minds has suffered a monumental setback.

  • IJP

    BN – care to detail exactly how that such a police service could be brought about?

  • James

    “PSNI integrity is on the line, they have degraded civilised standards of justice to gain short term political advantage for their masters.”

    Ok, Orde may have succumbed to having two heads of state and the editor of every fishwrapper in the province at his throat. If they can do it to the IICD, they can certainly do it to the PSNI. However, of all times, this is the time to empower your police, not the time to denigrate them.

    It is still within the realm of possibility that this is not all smoke & mirrors and that there is a finite chance to get some convictions.

    If I had a point, it would be to jettison the politics of the moment and obtain those convictions in a public trial where the evidence is open to all and send the bad guys to the slammer for thirty years.

    Then start the bickering.