Only threat to the police comes from Loyalists

Concubhar O’Liathan argues that the British government completely over reacted when intelligence material was found at Donaldson’s house. He argues that there were few beneficiaries to that move, except those people who were moved at short notice and at the expense of the public – at a cost he estimates to be at £100 million. He correctly notes that in the time since the Stormont collapse, the only serious gun attacks on police have come from Loyalists demonstrators.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    Loyalists in the UDA and UVF have no “first-strike” agenda for attacking the PSNI. They will however use whatever means necessary to defend their areas and the people who live in these communities from brutality, heavy-handedness and naked sectarian bigotry at the hands of PSNI officers- as viewed on the Albertbridge Road.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    The word needlessly censored is b1gotry…

  • Concerned Loyalist

    The feeling in a lot of Protestant/Loyalist communities are that the letters PSNI don’t stand for Police SERVICE of Northern Ireland, but instead;

    Promotes
    Solely
    Nationalist
    Interests

    That is the long and the short of it I’m afraid. Hugh Orde has been humourously christened Hugh Odour by loyalists, as his policing methods stink…

  • Mark

    That doesn’t stand up when you compare the treatment of the people who blocked the road at Broadway to those who did it at Ardoyne, where police were much more heavy-handed, but even Gerry Adams didn’t complain and took it in good humour when he got water cannoned. In the main, I believe police nowadays are more likely to use heavy handed tactics when dealing with incidents in ANY working class district, loyalist or republican, and people just get more worked up about when it is on their own doorstep. Patton has been a success in that both sides now hold similar opinions of the police – it’s just that while nationalists’ views have softened a bit, loyalists’ have hardened a lot. In Norn Iron, people with a vested interest try to paint this as some great political betrayal, in reality it just reflects the fact that, across the world, people do not like police.

  • 0b101010

    CL: Heavy-handedness? I certainly don’t remember the PSNI burning and looting the shops, knocking down all the lampposts and ripping the cash machines out of the walls on the Albertbridge Road during September’s riotous hissy fit by “the community”.

    “Defend their areas”? Yeah right. They seem all too eager to destroy their own areas.

  • tra g

    “Loyalists in the UDA and UVF have no “first-strike” agenda for attacking the PSNI. They will however use whatever means necessary to defend their areas and the people who live in these communities from brutality, heavy-handedness and naked sectarian #### at the hands of PSNI officers- as viewed on the Albertbridge Road.”

    Is this the same community that threatened to murder Catholic students outside the Institute of higher education in Tower Street today ??

  • Comrade Stalin

    The loyalist “no first strike” is a joke and always has been. Loyalists were firing live rounds and crossbows at police lines last September. Last night, an individual was shot as part of what appeared to be a punishment attack.

    There is one place for unelected paramilitary thugs – jail.

  • BogExile

    What a thoroghly nasty, snide little article – standard Direland fare.

    The assumption that militant republicans (or Loyalists) would not use personal details about a police officer for malign or even murderous ends is bollocks.

    This verbal manure blithely ignores the enormous psychological damage done to police officers and their familes who have every good reason to think that their lives are at risk. But so far as the ‘writer’ of this nonsense is concerned moving house in the middle of the night out of your own community to somewhere new is simply aa means of getting a bit higher up the property ladder.

    No wonder Direland is universally derided as the home of gramatically tortured, journalistically bogus primary school mentality Sinn Fein agit-prop.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    Comrade Stalin,
    “There is one place for unelected paramilitary thugs-jail”…
    Would you agree then that this is the place then for “Slab” Murphy, Eddie Copeland, Brian Arthurs, Brian Gillen and the rest of the motley crew of Provisional IRA drug-dealers, racketeers, murderers, rapists and fuel-smugglers?