“Political leadership will lead us away from this..”

John O’Dowd is making a better fist on Stormont Live than he did this morning with the hostile John Humphries; he came off second best with his protest that ‘he didn’t read English newspapers’. This afternoon, he’s backing the police searches. ‘These people will be captured’. And later, “You do not conduct a military agenda against people who are militarists. Political leadership will lead us away from this. And those who talk about a militarist solution rather than a political one, are manna from heaven to those people who killed Constable Carroll.”

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