UVF and UDA thinking of the value of children – to their pockets…

THE UVF and UDA are experts at extortion, so it was no real surprise when the government announced a £33m fund bribe for loyalists. However, when an education board describes the two terrorist groups as “voluntary organisations” that it consults over the distribution of funds, it makes you wonder. Was it really a “mistake” that they were lumped in with consultees like Barnardos? After all, they were all consultees. Interestingly, the SDLP’s Margaret Ritchie will be the minister responsible for distributing this money to loyalist communities – her party is considering legal action to stop this happening, as Chris noted.