I was wondering what Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s Chief of Staff, had been up to. According to the BBC’s Mark Devenport, Powell had a cunnning plan – the creation of a panel, consisting of Ulster Unionist Party chairman, David Campbell, the Church of Ireland bishop, Alan Harper, and the Northern Ireland Office’s former Security Director, John Steele, to “assist loyalist paramilitaries to move forward”. This particular cunning plan has, however, been scuppered.. seemingly because the paramilitaries prefer to concentrate on their own internal consultations. *shakes head*
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