Beware anonymous party political hacks

If, like me, you raised an eyebrow at BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport reporting that an anonymous “Sinn Féin source” had told him that Chief Constable Matt Baggott and David Lavery, director of the NI Court Service, regarded the financial offer on devolving policing and justice powers as a “good package”, then this report is worth quoting.

Police chiefs in the North today poured cold water on Sinn Féin claims they were happy with the British Prime Minister’s financial package for achieving the devolution of responsibility for policing and justice to the Stormont Assembly. They made it clear they had not seen details of the package offered after a series of talks between Gordon Brown and the North’s First and Deputy First Ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness. Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie said: “The Chief Constable has not had sight of the details of the settlement for the devolution of policing and justice.”