Despite Gonzo’s reasonable point – that, unless the government re-specifies the UDA, the charges of membership of that organisation are likely to be dropped – one report today briefly notes that in Belfast High Court Lord Justice Nicholson refused bail for Ihab Shoukri on the basis that “he was concerned that if Shoukri was granted bail he would be a danger to the community and there would be public disorder.” Ah, ‘in the public interest’, then? Of course, it’s also in someone else’s interest that Ihab Shoukri remains out of the way for now. The other reported comment is worth looking at too, “Lord Justice Nicholson said the UDA was notorious for criminal activity of all sorts..” Indeed they are, but those aren’t the charges brought in this case. Not only that but, given that notoriety, perhaps someone should have a word with Peter Hain, the NIO and President McAleese.. I think Jonathan Powell probably knows..