Republicanism’s RUC moment?

Peter Robinson has made his position crystal clear:

“We still take the position that the structures must be removed completely. There is no purpose of having a structure if you do not intend to operate in a paramilitary fashion.”

The Belfast Telegraph editorial agrees arguing:

“The IRA needs to be definitive and decisive. Why? Consider the transformation of policing as an example. Disposing of the RUC’s name was largely a symbolic matter — a painful one for most unionists — but one that was considered utterly necessary to win the support of nationalists and republicans. And so it proved to be.”

Ending with the instruction:

Go back to the plough. Slán abhaile.

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