Well that’s a first….

The voice of middle unionism and one time self-proclaimed ‘National’ (sic) newspaper, the Belfast Telegraph, has editorialised in support of the Deputy First Minister’s call for the devolution of policing and justice powers by Christmas.
Describing the arguments made in an interview in the paper with Martin McGuinness as ‘compelling,’ the paper’s editor suggested that

The Government at Westminster will fund the transfer of powers, but its patience on the issue is wearing thin.
So is the patience of people here.

I don’t know about the latter assertions to be honest, but unless I’m mistaken this would be the first time the paper has publicly taken a line so clearly consistent with a Sinn Fein stance and contrary to the public pronouncements of the major unionist parties.

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