“The regime of terror in south east Antrim must be dismantled.”

With the focus on the ‘good’ UDA and public funding you might think that it wouldn’t be the best time to be making thinly veiled threats refering to “The UDA leadership has shown restraint” in response to the ‘not-so-good’ UDA in South East Antrim.. But they have done just that, amongst allegations about others from an un-named spokesman, in this Belfast Telegraph report

“The UDA leadership has shown restraint as we move into a new era of peace and political stability. The major barrier to peace is this dictatorship in south east Antrim.”

More from the statement in the Belfast Telegraph

Speaking last night to the Belfast Telegraph, a spokesman for the inner council said: “(Loyalist politician Tommy) Kirkham is under pressure after the recent return of McClean and his gang. These guys believe they are safe in Larne.

“McClean wants firm action against internal dissent and against the UDA inner council. But the recent transformation to peace has shown that the tactics of McClean, Adair, Gray and the Shoukris all end in failure.

“The stakes have been raised by this man’s return and the good men of south east Antrim are disgusted by the fact Kirkham has given McClean sanctuary and freedom to continue his criminal exploits.

“The UDA leadership has shown restraint as we move into a new era of peace and political stability. The major barrier to peace is this dictatorship in south east Antrim.

“The regime of terror in south east Antrim must be dismantled. The inner council is asking the good guys to regain control and return the area to a state of normality instead of beating men up to keep control.”

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  • Dread Cthulhu

    “The UDA leadership has shown restraint as we move into a new era of peace and political stability. The major barrier to peace is this dictatorship in south east Antrim. ”

    Someone not kick-up Jackie’s cut or the drugs and extortion money?

    ““The regime of terror in south east Antrim must be dismantled. The inner council is asking the good guys to regain control and return the area to a state of normality instead of beating men up to keep control.”

    A pity there are no “good guys” in the ranks of the UDA, up to and including the hoods who cobbled this directive, the muppet who delivered it and the rest of the fellows who courage is measured in shots and millimeters.

  • J Kelly

    The Minister for Social Development should stop the money and stop playing games. Who murdered the guy in Derry.

  • wan

    the UDA murdered him

  • wan

    he was involved in taxing drug dealers

  • ‘J Kelly’,

    Surely you’re not jumping to conclusions about the guilt of an organisation without a conviction, Northern Bank-style 😉

  • Dread Cthulhu

    El Mat: “Surely you’re not jumping to conclusions about the guilt of an organisation without a conviction, Northern Bank-style ”

    Technically, it would appear that wan made that jump — J Kelly simply asked a question.

    Besides, if its gravy for a goose, its gravy for a gander. When in Belfast and all that.

  • J Kelly

    Elmat I am just asking the question but this killing may have implications in the future. Your good friend Margaret might take an intrerest in this case. What about the substantive issue on this thread keep it or lose it.

  • My position on the UDA hand-out is well documented.

  • The Penguin

    A serious part of this problem seems to me to be how aquiescent parts of the media have become in it all. The Sunday World is the worst example. It has been carrying threats and propaganda from the “good” UDA almost every weekend for the past year or two. To the extent that it comes across more like a player than a neutral. Could this have anything to do with getting the threats against their distributors lifted?
    The thing is nobody really gives a flying toss what the internal problems and personality clashes between these gangsters are. People just want them gone from the scene. They have nothing at all to contribute. The media shouldn’t be giving any of them a platform, politicians shouldn’t be bribing any of them and the police shouldn’t be differentiating between them.
    Time for the cops to be told to stop turning a blind eye and start laying charges against those who are openly breaking the law. Tackling the rampant black marketeering would be a start even if it is the leaders of the “good” UDA who are up to their necks in it.

  • london berry

    You have to admire Gregory Campbell’s brass neck on the Derry murder. He said that this was a test of the Shinners committment to policing and that the onus was on the Shinners to hand over the killers.

    Following the raids and arrests in the Loyalist Fountain area, I hope he’s not on tomorrow morning complaining of police heavy-handedness and brutality.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    The Penguin: “The thing is nobody really gives a flying toss what the internal problems and personality clashes between these gangsters are.”

    Sure there are — the ordinary folks who live on the hoods turf… When the hoods get on the prod, bullets can fly. Once one the bullet’s fly, it gets very messy. For every bullet that has a body’s name on it, there are usually a couple marked “occupant, to whom it may concern.” I’d say there a number of “interested parties” to the this posturing and gamesmanship.

    The Penguin: “They have nothing at all to contribute. The media shouldn’t be giving any of them a platform, politicians shouldn’t be bribing any of them and the police shouldn’t be differentiating between them. ”

    Unfortunately, journalism has not truly become a profession, despite all claims to the contrary. Sure, those in the industry are better educated and claim an ethical standard, but most still have the heart of a navy press gang and the soul of jackals. If it bleeds (or at least might bleed), it still leads.

    The Penguin: “Time for the cops to be told to stop turning a blind eye and start laying charges against those who are openly breaking the law. Tackling the rampant black marketeering would be a start even if it is the leaders of the “good” UDA who are up to their necks in it. ”

    Hoods is hoods and should be treated as such.

  • The Penguin

    All good points Dread.

  • london berry

    Looking forward to hearing Gregory Campbell on Radio Ulster this morning. (No sign of him in the first hour though.) Gregory will not be complaining about the police operation in the Fountain but will rather criticise that community for failing to provide maximum information and assistance to police on the matter being investigated.