Mi5 and the shifting of goalposts…

Here’s an interesting modular and flexible approach to policing. Special Branch may be a shadow of its former self, but as Chris Thornton reports MI5 is looking for former officers to staff its new headquarters. The British government appears to be driving its own hard bargin. Alex Attwood, who has long been a critic of Sinn Fein’s negotiating focus on getting ministers rather than the actual quality of oversight notes:

“This shows you cannot take MI5 at their word,” he said. ” That is why you need strong legal powers to hold them to account. It is why the SDLP does not want MI5 to have the proposed enlarged role and it is why we are calling for the Police Ombudsman to be able to investigate complaints against them in the North.”

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