According to the BBC’s Vincent Kearney
It is understood that the UDA wanted something in return for its guns and asked for several million pounds for community projects in loyalists areas as well as the early release of UDA prisoners convicted after the loyalist ceasefires. The government, however, refused, so the organisation scaled down its plans for decommissioning.
Although, why the UDA thought they could trade guns for public funds, and political capital, in those areas is anyone’s guess.. Still, at least it means public funds are not being channelled to representatives of the UDA.. Oh wait, they are..Vincent Kearney continues
While the government has not got all that it hoped for, it is nevertheless delighted with the progress that has been made and hopes there will be more.
Or, the UDA didn’t lose sight of their priorities and gambled that the minimum possible movement would be sufficient for an optimistic government to break out the champagne and delay the threatened imminent departure of that train.
So what is the trade off?