Towards the primacy of politics

Pat Kenny had Brian Feeney and Chris Ryder on this morning (sound file). Both agreed that Donaldson and Stormontgate is the first of many disagreeable reminders of the dirty war played between the authories and paramilitary groups. Ryder says that it should really surprise no one, considering the DUP leader in particular was regularly the beneficiary of so-called leaks from the RUC throughout the Troubles. Both agree that however things are resolved (Feeney claims the Enquiries Act is likely to restrict any independent inquiry to the extent of being useless), what must be established is the ‘primacy of politicians’ – ie, all arms of the state are answerable to politicians.

  • Pete Baker

    Mick

    I thought Ryder’s main point was that it shouldn’t be a surprise because that was the proper role of the intelligence services?

  • smcgiff

    ‘all arms of the state are answerable to politicians.’

    Well, Westminster politicians at any rate.

  • Reader

    ‘all arms of the state are answerable to politicians.’
    Surely not – shouldn’t they be answerable to the law first?