Robinson: progress, but more to do..

Peter Robinson has just said in the Commons, (precise quotes below):

Everyone will welcome progress. Indeed [refers to mortality rate of one year in the early 70s] only a fool would say anything other than there has been very significant progress. But there is still progress to be made. It’s no good picking up on the parts of the IMC report where there has been progress, and focusing on that. There are grey areas that need to be dealt with. I hope the government will be putting it up to the IRA to finish the course and not simply allowing them to fall back into marking time.

we can acknowledge that there has been progress, although as the hon. Member for South Staffordshire said, there is still progress to be made. We cannot simply take the parts of the IMC report that say this or that is better without also considering the untied things that need to be tied down—the grey areas that must be dealt with—so it is essential that the Government do not send out a signal to terrorist organisations saying, “You’ve really done enough”. The message must be clear: there is more to do.

If the process is working, let us continue with the strategy that it is up to the IRA to finish the course. My colleagues and I deserve considerable credit for the strategy that we proposed, because the previous one was to bring in the IRA and to allow its members to have their cake and eat it. That is exactly what they did; they had their cake and they are still eating it. When the Minister responds to the debate, I hope that he will express greater urgency about the IRA finishing the course, rather than marking time as it is doing at present.

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  • Overhere

    Did he happen to montion at all the unionuist paramilitaries, or are they not covered in the report !!

  • Overhere

    Sorry about the spelling in the last entry doing this at work so do not have a lot of time.

  • Mick Fealty

    I missed the beginning, so we’ll have to wait for Hansard. His colleague opened with that on Queens Radio earlier this afternoon.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Overhere: “Did he happen to montion at all the unionuist paramilitaries, or are they not covered in the report !! ”

    There were at least references made to Unionist, pardon, *Loyalist* paramilitaries (wouldn’t want to be accused of gratuitous hatred…)in the report, including their continuing involvement in both drugs and extortion, with the UDA and the UVF both prominently mentioned. To quote the BBC:

    “… while there is evidence that some elements within both the UDA and the UVF want to move the organisations away from paramilitary activity and criminality, the reality is that members of both groups are heavily engaged in crime, including drug dealing and extortion. ”

    Whether the political set has the the set to actually discuss this publicly, I haven’t the foggiest.

  • Lord Belmont

    take this comment with a pinch of salt, he said in the Commons in 2001

    “only a fool would belive the IRA would ever decommission”

  • dodrade

    A very positive statement from Robinson. Perhaps a November deal isn’t beyond the realms of possibility after all.

  • circles

    The key to this statement by Peter is “I hope the government will be putting it up to the IRA to finish the course and not simply allowing them to fall back into marking time.” Note the conspicuous by there absence loyalists paramilitaries in this phrase.
    This is no movement whatsoever from (loyalist) Pistol Pete. In fact he continues to display a completely skewed reading of reality. And if he’s this bad, just imagine what Papa Doc is like!
    Same old, same old from the 1690 crew.

  • Hansard

    Lord Belmont

    Any chance of a Hansard reference for your quote at 6.32 or do you just make it up as you go along????

  • Dave

    Robbo has mentioned an end to ALL paramilitary and criminal activity.

    “The requirement for an end to the activities of paramilitary organisations cannot be a one-sided process. The concentration is naturally on the IRA because of its connection with Sinn Fein and the issue of places in Government. But equally it is vital that the illegal activities of loyalist paramilitary organisations are brought to an end once and for all.

    The unionist community is intolerant of all such paramilitary and criminal activity. We say it must stop and we accept no moral distinction “between IRA criminality and Loyalist criminality.

  • slug

    I interpret Robinson’s comment as essentially positive. Of course he is not going to express satisfaction and he is going to point out there is more to do but its important that we as unionists all remember that the IRA ceasing its criminal or violent activities is one of our objectives, that we should be happy when that happens. Robinsons message is that we have to welcome progress along that path if progress there is.

    When things like the Northern Bank robbery happens, there is of course a negative fall out for Sinn Fein, and that may bring some benefits to unionists. However its important not to let these benefits blind us to the fact that the Northern Bank robbery was very bad new for unionists, because it meant we couldn’t trust republicans. We won’t be able to for a long time but we do want to be able to operate together as best as possible and progress along this path makes such working together more likely.

  • willis

    Hello!

    This is a debate in Westminster about the restoration of power to Stormont.

    Sinn Fein have chosen not to take part in this debate.

    Robinson can say what he wants and no-one is going to contradict him.

  • Lord Belmont

    Hansard,

    I believe it was 21st September 2001, but i have the hansard of that debate and will confirm it in the next 24hrs

  • headmelter

    “My colleagues and I deserve considerable credit for the strategy that we proposed,”

    What strategy would that be then?

  • Hansard

    Lord Belmont

    I look forward to your answer.

    BTW the House of Commons did not sit on 21st Septemeber 2001.

  • observer

    Hansard

    We all look forward to Lord Belmont’s reply.

  • observer

    Any progress with that quote Lord Belmont?

  • Hansarf

    “Hansard,

    I believe it was 21st September 2001, but i have the hansard of that debate and will confirm it in the next 24hrs

    Posted by Lord Belmont on Apr 27, 2006 @ 12:50 AM”

    Any sign of your confirmation Lord Belmont???

    Hansard