the abdication of responsibility

The coverage of US special envoy to NI, Mitchell Reiss’s comments on the weekend violence has focused, understandably, on his criticism of unionist political leaders, or rather “the abdication of responsibility by many unionist political leaders”. But his other comments are equally noteworthy –

“No political party, and certainly no responsible political leadership, deserves to serve in a government unless it cooperates and supports fully and unconditionally the police, and calls on its supporters to do so.

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