“Could it be that the government will change the remit again..”

Some interesting speculation in this report by the BBC’s Vincent Kearney on the new Police Ombudsman, Al Hutchinson. He’s looked back at the comments Hutchinson made about ‘policing the past’ in his last report as Policing Oversight Commissioner – comments which were also echoed by other interested parties around that time, as noted here. Whilst Vincent Kearney points to existing cases from the past currently under review, including one which has just been further delayed, the speculation in the article is

Investigating the past wasn’t part of the job specification when Nuala O’Loan took up her post, but was added later.

Could it be that the government will change the remit again, removing that requirement?

That would remove the problem of the past from the Ombudsman’s office, leaving him [Al Hutchinson] to deal with current complaints against the PSNI.

And it would mean attempting to bury the past.. leaving only a public conselling exercise the Eames/Bradley consultative group.

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  • McGrath

    Well, the old remit didn’t yield anything. The onion remains impenetrable. May as well make our new Canadian buddy deal with normal day to day “assaulting people in handcuffs” stuff.

    Who really makes up the rules anyway?

  • cut the bull

    The past and the truth gets buried and dug up again depending on it’s suitability to garner support in relation to the debate on policing.

    Have we really got a new start to policing. If we have when did it start.Did it start with the disbandment of the RUC and the formation of the PSNI.

    I ask this because after the formation of the PSNI under the leadership of Cheif Constable Hugh Orde.

    The Stormont Assembly was brought down as result of what became known as Stormontgate. One of the main players in this Assembly collapse later revealed that he was a Special Branch agent.

    Trevor Gowdy was abucted and almost beaten to death in Monkstown by a UVF gang from Mountvernon which included Special Branch agents.

    The PSNI casually ignored and more often facilitated attacks on nationalist communities throughout an eight month period in 2002.

    This was evident in the Short Strand area from may 2002 until January 2003.

    Al hutchinson will need a special shovel to do any digging in relation to the RUC/PSNI,because he has his work cut out for him.

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