The problem with the cops…

Suzanne Breen uncovers some of the strong feelings remaining in some segments of Northern Ireland’s nationalist community. It would seem that for some the consent principle applies to all aspects of state administration, except that of security. One respondent, Martin O’Neill, argues that the point is not that Catholics are now joining the PSNI, so much as what it stands for:

“I’m not saying there are no good people in the PSNI. But what they are like personally is irrelevant. I’m a republican and they’re enforcing British rule in Ireland. It’s irrelevant if more Catholics join. I don’t want to be policed by a Protestant British police officer or a Catholic British police officer.”

  • BogExile

    ‘I don’t want to be policed by a Protestant British police officer or a Catholic British police officer.’

    So people like M O’Neil would rather have a perfect vacuum for mayhem and the law of the jungle than imperfect policing on a point of ‘principle.’

    The silent people suffering most from the complete absence of legitimate policing in the ghettos don’t have that sort of luxury.

    Puerile crap.

  • smcgiff

    ‘One respondent, Martin O’Neill, argues that the point is not that Catholics are now joining the PSNI, so much as what it stands for’

    Police Service of Northern Ireland? At a guess, loike!

  • Reader

    From Article: “I’m a republican and they’re enforcing British rule in Ireland”
    Policy is hardly going to be determined by what is, effectively, an anti-agreement rump, 10 years behind the times. At least the usual slugger contributors accept buying into policing as a hypothetical possibility…

  • willowfield

    I’m a republican and they’re enforcing British rule in Ireland.

    How are they enforcing “British rule”??

    They are enforcing the law.