“meaningful dialogue that will result in weapons being removed..”

Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Shaun Woodward, MP, faced questions in the House of Commons today about extending the decommissioning deadline to February 2010. BBC report here. Hansard records the exchanges. He initially states “I am slightly hesitant to say this, but I use my words very precisely and carefully—that the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning has confirmed to me that it is currently making meaningful progress, and I hope to report to the House in future on that progress?”, and later

As I have said to the House, given the very specific advice I am being given by the commission that it is currently engaged in meaningful dialogue that will result in weapons being removed from the streets, if that is our goal, it would be very foolish of me to ignore that strong advice.

Hmm..

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  • eranu

    forgot all about the old weapons lately with all the economic issues filling the news. im guessing the meaningful dialogue is something along the lines of

    commission: “Go on, give us your guns, go on be a sport, pleeeeeese! ?”

    big mervyn: “uuuummmmmmmmmmmmmm………. Na!”

    with money being an issue for everyone these days, they could just offer cash for every gun handed in. do it publicly, X for a hand gun, Y for a machine gun and so on. im sure all the loyalist guns and the ones the RA sneakily kept (but we’re not supposed to mention!) would be handed in in a matter of days.

  • Rory Carr

    February 2010? Mmmm. Great stuff! I’ll only have to show this news to Herself the next time she raises the frying pan threateningly with a cocked left eye and a thumb and finger gesture and a, “You watch it, missus!”.

    But what recourse to protection shall I have after that date? Especially with this new “provocation” defence that is available to “herselfs” throughout the land under the new Criminal Justice amendments.

    Could they not let us poor hapless “himselfs” hang on to an oul’ sawn-off 12Bore at least. Just for comfort. It’s only human.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Just another game of “kick the can” — apparently the politicians prefer it to “grasp the nettle.”

  • frank

    ‘im sure all the loyalist guns and the ones the RA sneakily kept (but we’re not supposed to mention!) would be handed in in a matter of days’

    But if the First minister is not telling about the ulster resistance guns why talk about Ra guns.

    Perhaps Peter should call ‘back’ round to big mervyn’s house in East Belfast and tell the ‘boys’ to give up the gear ?