Policing should not be subject to politicking

That’s the unabigous response of Unionist politicians to Gerry Kelly’s cryptic remarks on Saturday. Nigel Dodds ruled out Sinn Fein having anything to do with overseeing Northern Irish security:

Such a prospect, just like prospects for Executive devolution itself, were undermined with the IRA robbery of the Northern Bank, the McCartney affair, the continuing profiteering by republicans from criminality and the refusal to accept transparent decommissioning. It must also be made crystal clear that support for policing and justice is absolutely a prerequisite for any party to be part of a government. It would be ludicrous if people thought they could be Ministers yet fail to recognise and support the police, the courts and the security forces generally.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty