“I’m hoping they will do it and I’m hoping they won’t renege.”

The Belfast Telegraph follows up yesterday’s report on the mood music from within loyalist paramilitary groups with a prediction from an anonymous “well-placed source” that – “The UDA is expected to fully disarm before the February deadline set by the Secretary of State, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.” [Is that the “good” and “bad” UDA? – Ed]. Whether it’s dependent on the success of Martin McAleese’s lobbying isn’t made clear but the title quote, from “a government source”, suggests some sort of arrangement has been made. There’s also an interesting reference to the paper’s previous report of an impending meeting between UDA leaders and the deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, before Christmas. From the Belfast Telegraph report

This newspaper understands the talks that were planned for December 16 were organised by telephone while senior loyalists, including Jackie McDonald, were in Brussels. It is understood McDonald was keen to meet the Sinn Fein leader before the pre-Christmas deadline he had set for First Minister Peter Robinson to agree a date for the transfer of policing and justice powers. However, according to a senior source other loyalists felt they were being “bounced” into those talks without proper consultation and preparation.

And they’re probably right.. After all, think of the effect of such optics on that manufactured “crisis”…

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  • percy

    fancy linking the UDA to P&J
    I guess its “unreconstructed bigots” turn for confessions
    Warning for Sinn Fein over policing

  • [quote]There’s also an interesting reference to the paper’s previous report of an impending meeting between UDA leaders and the deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, before Christmas. [/quote]

    Given the pathetic abdication of leadership, which incidentally is always due to a lack of executive intelligence at the top, shown by the DUP in their petrified and stagnating position on Policing and Justice as outlined in the “Warning for Sinn Fein over policing” report …. http://www.newsletter.co.uk/politics/Warning-for-Sinn-Fein-over.5941894.jp … one can fully expect leadership to be provided from more switched on and in touch sources/resources.

    What Ireland does not need are puppets in suits pratting around as if they know what they are doing because they are trying to hide what they have been doing and cannot dream up anything new which will appeal to and benefit all, but that appears to be the fare which far too many are serving up ….. at great public expense.

    Will somebody please bury “No Surrender” for it is stinking out Stormont and rendering it as Mockery of a Legislating Assembly and a Parody of a Nut House where newly found Power and Popular Fame drives the Eejit, Self Indulgently Crazy.

    In Power, there is very little that one cannot do for the Greater Good, and quite why those that would rather do nothing are tolerated and given air time rather than those who are ready willing and able to try anything, is a question which Media Controllers and British Brainwashing Corporations can ask of themselves too.

  • percy

    Its a guarantee Greg will defect to TUV.
    he’s a walking disaster and waste of space.
    I’ll take any bets on !