DUP accuses Sinn Fein of salami slicing policing…

Nigel Dodds and Jim Allister seem to be leading (a noticably limited) counter attack on Sinn Fein’s Ard Fheis motion, when he said, in relation to the Robert McCartney killing: “Let them hand them over and give police the information gleaned from their ‘inquiry’. Otherwise, they are withholding information.”
The Newsletter goes on to report, the DUP’s view that Sinn Fein is trying to Salami slice its committment to policing:

Earlier, MP Nigel Dodds said his first worry was the “heavy conditionality” in the Ard Fheis motion on policing – which promised cooperation with the PSNI on the ground once there is power-sharing.
Republicans, he said, appeared to be “drawing a distinction between what they describe as so-called civic policing and so-called political policing.”

In other words, they were telling their communities to report crimes like rape and attacks on the elderly – but were stopping short of simply saying “report all types of crime, no matter what”.

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  • Yoda


    Yes, I agree that there were many brands/strands of republicanism involved in the CRM. I don’t think they can be unpicked in the simple manner you want to suggest.

    I’m not satisfied by your assertion that the CRM was somehow sectarian because it didn’t criticize your shopping list of issues. There was clear and present systematic discrimination against a huge chunk of the population–because of their religion, let’s not forget–to be dealt with.

    It’s also too simple to say that CRM simply swallowed the catholic line (again, how could communists on their way to being maoists do so?); at the same time, there were progressive elements of catholicism to be tapped into. Movements like these need solidarity. After the split you mention, both NICRA and PD kept up the campaign: are you trying to tell me that there was absolutely no discussion going on between them?

    You seem to be trying to draw a sharp distinction to make a point you haven’t quite made explicit yet. Your posts seem to want to conflate religion with political outlook.

    The CRM was made up of protestants, catholics and godless socialists: hence my description of it as non-sectarian. I stand by that.

  • Nevin

    Yoda, the two main strands of militant republicanism eventually unpicked themselves: the socialist/’commie’ Officials and the ‘Catholic-Ireland’ Provos.

    Unionist and Nationalist councillors both indulged in discrimination; it was reported that they even had a gentleman’s agreement in Newry to carve out their powers of patronage. The CRM AFAIK only confronted discrimination by Unionists so that made it politically sectarian.

    Surely an allegedly broadly based alliance would have gone out of its way to demonstrate its impartiality? There was no such demonstration.

    The march from Coalisland to Dungannon seemed to contain very few Protestants, Unionist or Socialist. What about the march in Derry? Had the small percentage risen or fallen?

    NICRA and the PD presumably had a number of members in common so exchanges would have been expected. As I’ve already mentioned the Irish hierarchy ‘sponsored’ DCAC kept its distance from NICRA, according to O Comain.

  • Yoda

    The CRM AFAIK only confronted discrimination by Unionists so that made it politically sectarian.

    Yes, I thought you were confusing politics with sectarianism. they are not the same thing at all.