“Like being in the swimming pool but too scared to let go of the bank”

Brian Feeney has been thinking about the recent comments by various shades of unionism regarding the timing of the devolution of policing and justice powers, as well as the need- or otherwise- for a Bill of Rights for the north of Ireland. He argues that many unionists remain in a time warp, clinging to an imaginary Britain, and he offers this:

“The current excuse for resisting devolution of justice and policing is that Sinn Fein will have a ministry. So the principle has already been conceded – the only objection is political. Who exercises the power. It’s a bit like being in the swimming pool but too scared to let go of the bank, which more or less sums up the whole unionist attitude to power-sharing.”

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