Allister: Ex-terrorist gets to pick judges if justice devolved…

WITH Peter Robinson hinting that a resolution to the devolution of policing and justice on the way, Mick suggested that the issue was not when powers should be handed over, but to whom. However, Jim Allister isn’t as worried about who the Justice Minister will be as he is about the powers it will bestow on the First Ministers, specifically the deputy one, to make judicial appointments. Allister writes: It has long been a republican demand to overhaul and transform our British Judiciary. Devolving policing and justice gets their hands on these levers of power, because McGuinness then would have equal say with Peter Robinson in the appointment of our Lord Chief Justice, our Lord Justices of Appeal, our Attorney General and would also acquire powers over the removal of judges. Herein is the obscenity: that one who has boasted of his IRA leadership should get to have power over our judiciary. The IRA brutally murdered several judges, now, courtesy of devolving policing and justice their leaders would get to appoint and remove them!