Having previously addressed the News Letter’s readers [twice – Ed], and more recently the Observer’s, today the Secretary of State for Wales etc, Peter Hain, pens an exclusive for the Belfast Telegraph. And, given the rumours circling elsewhere, it’s his comments on those grey areas that caught my eyeFrom the Belfast Telegraph
On criminality, the IMC said that it is satisfied that there has been no organisational involvement in, or planning of, robbery or other organised crime and that the leadership has maintained a firm stance against the involvement of members in criminality.
It remains the view of the IMC that the leadership of the IRA has accepted the need for engagement in policing and wishes to achieve it.
Sinn Fein has said that that is where it is going on policing and is moving down that road.
It needs to be seen to get there.[added emphasis]
And, once again, mind the gap..