Willie McCrea and devolution of policing and justice

Yesterday, Willie McCrea wrote an opinion piece for the Newsletter in which he asserts that all is rosy in the garden. Apparently anyone who dares to criticise the DUP are speaking “republican propaganda”. Today there are three comments on the Newsletter article, none of which are complimentary. The Newsletter’s 25 Words SMS feature usually has 4 or 5 comments a day. This morning there around 8 comments directly criticising McCrea, mostly for yesterdays comments, and all 12 of todays comments are critical of the DUP or its leadership or the Free Presbyterian Church.On the previous page there is a small report by Stephen Dempster. This reports that the DUP “will not tolerate” the devolution of policing and justice (remember the same DUP that once would not tolerate SF in Government). Yet on Monday on Talkback, Ian Paisley Jnr had no correction for Conor Murphy who casually looked forward to the matter being devolved next year. There once appeared to be a consensus that either the UUP or SDLP would take the post when it was devolved. That seems to have disappeared, which is interesting as logically one would expect the DUP and SF to agree to rotate the position amongst themselves. A bit like the post of Speaker. Now remind me who got Speaker first….

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Former UUP staffer, currently living in London. @mjshilliday