IMC: “Remarkable how well things have gone”…

No chance of Slugger getting another exclusive on the next IMC report. Barney Rowan is back in front, with the news that next week’s report will say that the IRA has closed down its terror operations. No word yet on criminality, though there were some straws in the wind around the last report suggesting that it would not chalk up ‘freelancers’ in the IRA’s column.

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  • Pete Baker

    Mick

    Actually, there is a word, or two, in that speculation from a “senior source” on PIRA involvement in organised crime

    And on the issue of organised crime, the source continued: “The best that can be said about that is pretty good. Things are definitely going the right way.”

    Pretty good? Going the right way?

  • Mayoman

    Yes. “pretty good, going the right way” (at the very least!). If only the same the could be said for unionists!

  • Mick Fealty

    MM,

    The analogue for unionists is nationalists. Otherwise, it’s a fair point.

  • seabhac siulach

    “The analogue for unionists is nationalists. Otherwise, it’s a fair point. ”

    Perhaps he meant loyalists, in which case it is quite clearly not an analogue…
    The silence from the DUP for the loyalists to reform, decommission, refrain from criminality is, once again, deafening. But then, perhaps it is in the interests of the DUP to have working class loyalist/unionist areas controlled by drug-pushing thugs. More important it seems, to make sure nationalist areas, that they don’t rely on for votes, are squeaky clean crime/paramilitary-wise….strange that…

    I see that the whole issue of the IMC is falling into the realm of semantics (and becoming bizarre and surreal), taking Pete’s comments above

    Are we supposed to take in a negative way the sentence;
    “The best that can be said about that is pretty good. Things are definitely going the right way”

    Should we wait until ‘pretty good’ becomes ‘very good’ or perhaps ‘excellent’ before it is considered to be a non-issue. Is ‘pretty good’ bad? Ridiculous…this is navel-gazing brought to a fine art. It should be quite clear from these leaks, at least to an objective observer, that the Provos no longer pose a threat either militarily or, let us say, financially. To say otherwise, is to look for problems where none now exist.
    Unionism has never had it so good and the sad thing is they are too busy looking for the negatives to realise this…

  • Mayoman

    Actually, in terms of if NI will ever get self-government, ‘unionists’ is a close analogue,as it is SF and the DUP who need to find agreement. However, as we have seen (UUP/UVF DUP/UVF/UDA), the boundaries of unionist/loyalist are often very blurred, which may make PIRA/unionist much of a closer analogue than nationalist/unionist.

  • baldrick45

    I must note a first. I find myself in complete agreement with SS.

    Off to lie down to recover from the shock. Perhaps I’m mellowing in my old age or perhaps, as the SOS has just said, Im getting tired of Groundhog Day!

    Here’s to the 24 Nov and devil take the lagards that spoil any deal.