Jim Allister the latest prophet

How fascinating to see Jim Allister paying into rising expectations of a deal. He characterises J&P thus:

I must, therefore, warn unionists to prepare for a catastrophic roll-over by the DUP on meeting Sinn Féin’s strategic demand of ending British control of
policing and justice – the two most potent symbols of sovereignty in any nation.

So Jim has been an integrationist all along! But take a look at Scotland Jim, with its separate legal system lasting several centuries before the SNP devolved government. Scotland was still in the UK when I last looked . And note too that the NI judicial system peaks in the UK Supreme Court in Parliament Square Westminster, and that the Tories are pledging to introduce a Sovereignty bill to reaffirm the supremacy of Parliament he longs to sit in. So relax Jim, life is good.

  • Greenflag

    ‘So Jim has been an integrationist all along!’

    No surprise there . His political stance re the Irish nationalist community has made that quite clear for anybody who their eyes open and their ears non shut . I’d go one further and suggest he is a closet ‘repartitionist ‘

    Unionists /Unionism needs to recover from it’s obsession with P&J being some kind of ‘rubicon’ across which SF may not be allowed to cross . Similarly the Irish Language Act.

    They could learn a lot from Scotland but then they could learn even more from a dispassionate examination of their own ‘historical’ experience when they themselves exercised complete control over police and justice .

    Arlene Foster should move quickly ahead to lance both these ‘boils’ so that the DUP can go into the next elections with some sense of NI having crossed a rubicon from which their is no return to a failed past .

    The TUV have nothing to offer except the past . As for the high falutin words on ‘sovereignty’ , ‘democracy’ blah blah . Load of ould cobblers in this day and age where even the USA has little control over it’s currency value and where half the people in western democracies hardly bother to vote .

    Hopefully Arlene Foster will have the, no better not say that 😉 the eh gumption to face down the troglodytes within the DUP 😉 and keep the show going until at least the next Assembly election by which time the longer term economic and political outlook should be more visible assuming that the Westminster election will have been decided .

  • Scaramoosh

    One senses, that he realises that his moment has passed …back to the political wilderness Jim.

  • Paul

    #

    One senses, that he realises that his moment has passed …back to the political wilderness Jim.
    Posted by Scaramoosh on Jan 13, 2010 @ 02:06 PM

    Yes indeed the TUV disnasaurs nothng to offer us no alternative no future whats the TUV going to do about people losing there jobs the credit crunch answer nothing.Because the TUV are a one issue pressure group who want to take us back.TUV= http://www.omrp.co.uk thats whats the TUV no hopers are folks.

  • Paul

    #

    #

    One senses, that he realises that his moment has passed …back to the political wilderness Jim.
    Posted by Scaramoosh on Jan 13, 2010 @ 02:06 PM

    Yes indeed the TUV disnasaurs nothng to offer us no alternative no future whats the TUV going to do about people losing there jobs the credit crunch answer nothing.Because the TUV are a one issue pressure group who want to take us back.TUV= http://www.omrlp.co.uk thats whats the TUV no hopers are folks.
    Posted by Paul on Jan 13, 2010 @ 02:19 PM

  • buile suibhne

    So says Paul from the DUP Press office!

  • socaire

    Tut tut, Paul. You’re slipping back into Ulster Scots again. Think of us monoglots.

  • martin r

    Jim’s no mug whatever else you think of him.

    He’s been handed one stick to beat the DUP with in the shape of the Robinson affair (no pun intended!), and now they’re busy pulling another blackthorn out of the hedge with a possible deal with Sinn Fein on policing and justice. A wee bit of work and it’ll be a fair decent oul stick as well.

    I don’t think Jim can believe his luck, MP for North Antrim is as good as in the bag.

  • Paul

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    So says Paul from the DUP Press office!
    Posted by buile suibhne on Jan 13, 2010 @ 02:29 PM

    LMAO DUP Press office hey good one that

  • socaire

    Jim Allister is like Bob McCartney. Never wrong but hard to take to your bosom. For incisive comment, he’s hard to beat.Not like the rest of the pussyfooters in political life in this part of Ulster.

  • ding dong

    Stand by your beds (agin no DUP pun intended) the DUP are about to roll over, several MLAs will huff and puff some might even leave but its going to happen and unless their spin is a lot beeter than it has been this last 7 days the DUPs are going to get hammered.

    Roll on the election

  • Paul

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    Tut tut, Paul. You’re slipping back into Ulster Scots again. Think of us monoglots.
    Posted by socaire on Jan 13, 2010 @ 02:35 PM

    Tut tut,playing the man and not the ball again tut tut

  • Greenflag

    ‘I don’t think Jim can believe his luck, MP for North Antrim is as good as in the bag.’

    Even if . One clever crow on a bare tree won’t make the leaves grow or fall any faster . Listen to the sound of one hand clapping against the deaf wall of history .

  • socaire

    ….. the man’s balls, actually.

  • Paul

    Roll on the election
    Posted by ding dong on Jan 13, 2010 @ 03:00 PM

    theres one today

  • Blue Hammer

    Go on ahead Paul. You keep toeing the DUPe party line and run down Jim Allister. At least he knows what a manifesto committment means.

    It’s all gone tits up for the DUPers since they broke their electoral promises and joined an executive as partners with unrepentant murderers. No amount of spin can get them or you out of that one.

    Policing and Justice should NEVER be devolved to the sham executive – they can’t agree on the so-called ‘small’ things like Education, so God help us if they ever get to adjudicate on Justice.

  • danielmoran

    msg 7 martin
    Sunny Jim will not win many assembly or westminster seats, but he will do the NI electorate a big favour by getting enough votes to prevent seats being won by duppers, and that can only be a good thing for people tired of dup baiting , jeering and general bigotry and sanctimonious lecturing.

  • Greenflag

    socaire ,

    ‘ the man’s balls, actually.’

    If what you meant to say was ‘the man has balls’ I’d have to concur . However the attachment of said pendulants to the corpus in question , may not be indicative of the political ability to negotiate a permanent political future for NI.

    NI needs ‘brains ‘ It has long demonstrated it’s capacity in the matter of ‘balls’ although not of the soccer or rugby ilk .

    I could be wrong but I can’t see SF forcing an election with Arlene Foster in the top seat . The woman is simply not hated enough by her political opponents to ensure a high SF/nationalist turn out .

  • socaire

    Sorry, Greenflag. Still reeling from msg 12

  • slug

    Jim Allister would be a good parliamentarian. I think he might bring a lot of added value to the Commons, even though I don’t agree with him. He has a great eye for detail and a passion for opposition. It would not upset me if he won North Antrim.

  • ding dong

    Yeah Paul and the DUP were too scared to stand – even before this all blew up

  • Kevsterino

    If you all can forgive me, I’m having difficulty understanding this whole policing and justice issue and so I would like to make sure I have my facts straight.

    Security was part and parcel of the pre-prorogued Stormont government. Under current policing arrangements in Northern Ireland, there is an independent ombudsman, a policing board and various district policing partnerships all overseeing the police. Sinn Fein and the SDLP want a new department of policing and justice at Stormont, working in conjunction with the ombudsman, board and partnerships. The DUP are opposed to this because they have determined there is insufficient confidence in the Unionist community for such a department to exist. The UUP would like to see which way the wind is blowing before they declare what they think. Jim Alister is in a mode which says anything the DUP do is wrong, and is looking for any issue that he can exploit to lessen the DUP mandate.

    Am I very wide of the mark?

  • Blue Hammer

    Pretty spot on Kev. Except the DUPes are so fond of their ministerial trappings that they are working towards ‘becoming’ content to set aside their reservations and agree the devolution of Policing & Justice.

    The bald fact is that the whitewashing by our politicians of the squalid sectarian murderfest of 1966-date, as if no-one was to blame, means that they as a collective are not in any position to properly manage P&J. When will someone wake up to this fact?

  • Blue Hammer

    Pretty spot on Kev. Except the DUPes are so fond of their ministerial trappings that they are working towards ‘becoming’ content to set aside their reservations and agree the devolution of Policing & Justice.

    The bald fact is that the whitewashing by our politicians of the squalid sectarian murderfest of 1966-date, as if no-one was to blame, means that they as a collective are not in any position to properly manage P&J. When will someone wake up to this fact?

  • Blue Hammer

    Oops! Damn this iPhone ‘submit’ button.

    So good I said it twice!

  • Paul

    #

    Yeah Paul and the DUP were too scared to stand – even before this all blew up
    Posted by ding dong on Jan 13, 2010 @ 03:58 PM

    Well sorry to disapoint you sir I voted alliance at the last election.I would vote in todays election for the UUP candidate. if I lived in that area to give the TUV a bloody nose the TUV offer us nothing.I predict the UUP will win the seat and beat the TUV quite easily and I would very much welcome that.Nobody in there right minds should give the TUV the time of day they offer us nothing and are a secetarian party.The TUV can spin the result all they like they would of lost a seat and that would be three elections contested by the TUV and three defeats lMAO.allister lost his MEPs seat the council seat they will lose and the Dromore by election which they also lost.Fact they are losers.

  • ding dong

    Don’t tell, me tell the DUPers they are ones scared of them.

    personally i think your analysis is spot on but the DUPers are running a mile away from any contact with them.

    Except for the DUPer MLAs who are looking to join them!

  • Kevsterino

    Thanks, Blue, for taking the time to reply (repeatedly ;o)

    You state the politicians are not in any position to properly manage policing and justice. Well…

    They manage to serve on the policing board. They manage to serve in these district partnerships. I’ll leave out the ombudsman because they seem to prefer that spot go to an outsider.

    My point, which I’m doing such a dreadful job of making, is I can’t see what benefit this new department brings to the task at hand, especially with politicians making it such a big deal. There already appears to be 2 or 3 levels of local control of the police and the final authority would still rest with a supreme authority somewhere in England.

    What’s the point?

  • Paul

    Except for the DUPer MLAs who are looking to join them!
    Posted by ding dong on Jan 13, 2010 @ 04:37 PM

    I would say to DUP MLAs and any other person or persons or what ever go and join the TUV if thats what you want and feel go and join all the other rubbish in the TUV which should be confined to the waste paper basket.As for the DUP not wanting any contact with them elections soon.On the Pro union side people have a clear choice a vote for the UCUNF or the DUP for a future or a vote for a dinasaur motley crew of no hopers TUV = http://www.omrlp.co.uk who have no alternative no vision and no future to offer any of us.Is that what people want.???????If so go ahead vote TUV

  • Blue Hammer

    I think the point is that creating this local level of Quasi-judicial authority and vesting it in a local politician is so totally unworkable.

    The fear or perception of community bias is just too hard to overcome. The ability to escalate to Westminster will likely be significantly constrained by the outworking of the new Dept’s creation and terms of reference.

    I do not believe it works for health or education, so how much less will it work for P&J?

  • Kevsterino

    It is difficult, as you might imagine, for someone like myself, thousands of miles away. to comprehend the level of fear (a word I can’t imagine a unionist accepting) and loathing (a word that doesn’t present the same difficulty) on the street.

    But is progress possible? It appears to be a Catch-22 to me. The only way people will build confidence is to witness acts of good authority. But those acts require the authority to be in local hands.

    So it goes…

  • Sam Semple

    Jim Allister is just a naked opportunist intent on fueling his own ego-mania.

    Its time bloggers and journos starting giving him and his party of hunchbacks some serious scrutiny.

    What is Jim’s position on Torrens Knight anyway?

  • Paul

    What is Jim’s position on Torrens Knight anyway?
    Posted by Sam Semple on Jan 13, 2010 @ 05:13 PM

    The TUV member who petioned for the release of torrens knight the loyalist sectarian killer is still a TUV member.How appalling is that.?One can only conclude that jim allister dosnt think what he did was serious enough to warrant any action.any other party memember would of being thrown out but not the TUV it seems.jim allisters leadership is very questionable.This is not the first time a TUV member in public has acted in such an appalling way

  • joeCanuck

    Irresponsible or just plain stupid behaviour doesn’t seem to matter much today, Paul.
    You might as well ask why IP Junior is still in the DUP.

  • Blue Hammer

    Paul

    Do you not agree with the terms of the GFA>? Or is it only in respect of Knight.

    This is where the whole GFA stack of cards falls down – “your mass-murderer is worse than our mass-murderer”.

    None should have been let out and this conversation wouldnt be happening. But all you fools who voted for it got what you wanted – murderers out of gaol and into government.

    My conscience is clear.

  • I don’t get the torrens knight thing at all. Who the hell wants people like that released. There should be a petition to have him hanged.

  • Blue Hammer

    < << I don’t get the torrens knight thing at all. Who the hell wants people like that releasedPosted by Conquistador on Jan 13, 2010 @ 05:50 PM >>>

    That would be the “YES” voters from 1998 I think.

  • That would be the “YES” voters from 1998 I think.

    A point I’ve seen made time and time again here on slugger, and not one I disagree with.

    But it seems there was a line drawn, in which it was ok to kill people on one side of it. Society would forget about it, “move on” and we’d all live happily ever after in a peaceful, post agreement, NI.

  • joeCanuck

    Blue Hammer,

    A small but important point. They weren’t simply freed but were released on parole. A number who broke their paroles have been returned to complete their sentences.

  • Blue Hammer

    And Knight killed “his” innocents before that line. So he’s ok then.

    Apparently.

  • but Knight did naughty things after the line so he must be locked up .

  • socaire

    Out of curiosity, if the GFA hadn’t let people out of jail, who would be missing from the Executive?

  • slug

    Could someone please answer: legally does devolution of P&J need the UUP’s support?

  • Kevsterino

    I don’t recall that being one of the three locks.

  • slug

    So why the worry about UUP not supporting it? Parties rarely have an advantage supporting their rivals’ initiatives-the world over.

    Will be interesting to see what price if any Alliance extract–this is their moment after all, they ARE needed to get the ball rolling.

  • Paul

    #

    Could someone please answer: legally does devolution of P&J need the UUP’s support?
    Posted by slug on Jan 13, 2010 @ 07:16 PM

    No the UUP dont have to legally support P and J.

  • Kevsterino

    The last time Alliance was asked to do anything of significance that I remember was when they had to put on a unionist hat (for a short while). I don’t believe that got anything significant out of that little dance.

    Maybe they learned something.

  • Paul

    #

    Irresponsible or just plain stupid behaviour doesn’t seem to matter much today, Paul.

    Posted by joeCanuck on Jan 13, 2010 @ 05:47 PM

    good post Joe i agree but I think most people were appalled that Jim allister preaches one thing and then we find out a party member of the TUV in which Jim allister is leader activitly and very publicly petioning for the release of one of the most ruthless loyalists killers in the troubles.Allister refused to take any action yet allister shouts and rants from the roof tops about other parties antics quite right to do so but when it is in his own back yard the TUV its some how ok.Well its not the TUV member should of being expelled its not the first time a TUV party member has acted in such a way in public

  • Blue Hammer

    No response to my question Paul? I’ll restate it just for you!

    “Do you not agree with the terms of the GFA>? Or is it only in respect of Knight.”

    No-one in any political party totally agrees with every other member. Your criticism of Jim Allister on that basis is ridiculous – he leads a party, not a junta (he leaves that to the SF/DUPe politbureau).

  • Paul

    My conscience is clear.
    Posted by Blue Hammer on Jan 13, 2010 @ 05:50 PM

    Oh your consceience is clear is it from the fact that a TUV party member petitions for the release of one of the most ruthless sectarian killers of the trounles and the TUV member went on to say he thought torrens knight was and I quote a good lad and no action was taken against the TUV member by Mr Morals himself Jim allister.You should take a long hard look at your self sonny.

  • “Could someone please answer: legally does devolution of P&J need the UUP’s support?
    Posted by slug on Jan 13, 2010 @ 07:16 PM”

    The DUP stated they would not do a deal on Police and Justice without UUP support.

  • Kevsterino

    ok, so a quadruple lock, then MU?

  • Blue Hammer,

    without prisoner release there would not have been an IRA ceasefire, I presume you are aware of that and you would have preferred for the British government to have implemented a beefed up security policy instead?

  • Paul

    No-one in any political party totally agrees with every other member. Your criticism of Jim Allister on that basis is ridiculous – he leads a party, not a junta (he leaves that to the SF/DUPe politbureau).
    Posted by Blue Hammer on Jan 13, 2010 @ 07:47 PM

    what a load of meaningless waffle Jim allister preaches this and that and the fact is he allister refused to take action against A TUV party member who petioned for the release of one of the most ruthless sectarian killers of the troubles thats a fact.The TUV member went on to say that he thought Torrens knight was and i quote a good lad.So Jim allister QC refused to take any action folks but preaches to others how to act and behave.WEll allister has being found out and should held in contempt for his lack of action against one of his own party members

  • Kevsterino,

    so far.

  • Blue Hammer

    No Paul

    My conscience is clear because i don’t support the release of ANY prisoners, and in 1998 i voted accordingly so the likes of Knight and Kelly etc are not free in my name.

    I am not a member of the TUV, but I am a potential TUV voter. As I said above, no-one in any political party can reasonably be expected to totally agree with every other member. Does everyone in SF agree with its stance on policing? Are the dissenters drummed out?

    I disagree with the attempts to free Knight, but am happy that anyone has the right to argue for whatever they wish.

    No response to my question?

  • Blue Hammer

    Not so clever on the old chronology there MU.

    1st ceasefire 1994, 2nd ceasefire 1996. GFA 1998.

    So the ceasefire happened before the GFA. So are you suggesting that a GFA with no prisoner releases would have led to a resumption of SF/IRA murder campaign?

    Interesting concept – “ending” your campaign of violence, and then using the threat of violence to achieve your goals. I thought we couldn’t allow that in our shiny new NI.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Blue,

    Your whole perspective here is a narrow view of our problems here. Paramilitarism and the problems that flow from it is not as simple as catching and jailing the people who engage in it.

    It’s fair enough to argue that a man who once held or used a gun or planted a bomb should not be allowed into office. But if you’re going to argue that, then on what basis should the men who stood beside those who held the guns be allowed to hold office ? Would paramilitarism even exist in the first place if there were not people who provided them with (unseen) support and succour ?

  • slug

    “The DUP stated they would not do a deal on Police and Justice without UUP support. ”

    I wonder if they are regretting that? It seems odd to hold onesself to ransom by a rival.

  • Blue Hammer

    CS

    You mean like the time Naomi Long (Alliance’s deputy leader) gave documents to Dawn Purvis the PUP (UVF front) leader?

    Or is that different?

    Having dealings, and to some extent a shared objective, with paramilitaries, while at the same time condemning their paramilitary activities is significantly different than acting as a front for or defender of the self same paramilitaries.

    None of them should have been released. Shame on you for thinking otherwise.

  • PIRA didnt just turn up at the GFA negotations and hope for the best, there would not have been any ceasefires unless they were promised the releases and they would not have stuck to the ceasefires if they han not got the prisoner releases. Our government had mapped out the way forward with PIRA long before the non violent politicians were invited to sign up.

    In the current ‘negotiations’ SF expect delivery of Police and Justice and are still cashing in their chips form the ceasefire with our government still coughing up by pressurising the DUP. The strength of the DUP arguement that they didnt sign up to a deadline in the STA is simply ignored as SF continue to get their way, with even the shadow SOS seemingly joining in the fun.

    Unionists need to unite and ditch the sectarian baggage rather than fighting between ourselves to have any chance of influencing our own government’s policy. The appointment of Ms Foster looks like a good first step.

  • Paul
  • Kevsterino

    Jim Alister, in the article cited in post #11, says the following while justifying the party member he claims to disagree with:

    “There are people released from jail who were convicted of crimes in which people died and today they sit in our government.”

    What does that have to do with Mr. Knight? Is Jim indulging in a bit of moral equivocation here?

    Why can’t folks see through this?

  • Blue Hammer

    Kev

    What it is is Mr Allister nailing the lie that Loyalist murderers are in some way worse than Republican murderers. Interestingly, in the article quoted, the SDLP’s Dallat comments (accurately i would add) that the likes of Knight should remain in prison.

    Markedly, he does not suggest similar treatment for others of a different persuasion. Did he complain when St John Hume legitimised Gerry Adams in the early 90s, given Adams’ “interesting” background in the Belfast Brigade of PIRA. Jean McConville or Bloody Friday anyone?

    How can it be right for one to be painted the big bad wolf when others are exhonerated? They are ALL big bad wolves!

    Still no response from Paul on his view on murderer releases??

  • Paul

    #

    Jim Alister, in the article cited in post #11, says the following while justifying the party member he claims to disagree with:

    “There are people released from jail who were convicted of crimes in which people died and today they sit in our government.”

    What does that have to do with Mr. Knight? Is Jim indulging in a bit of moral equivocation here?

    Why can’t folks see through this?
    Posted by Kevsterino on Jan 13, 2010 @ 08:36 PM

    The fact is allister preaches about morals but when allister is tested hes failed to take any action against a fellow TUV party colleague its an utter disgrace.And shows allisters judgement is clearly questionable and the evidence is there for all to see.

  • martin r

    Whether you necessarily agree with his views or not (and personally I don’t) Mr Alister is only holding the ground which the DUP used to occupy so it’s a bit odd that any DUP member or supporter can see their way to criticise his views as after all it’s not long ago since it was also theirs!

  • Slug,

    “I wonder if they are regretting that? It seems odd to hold onesself to ransom by a rival. ”

    Tactically I think it was a good move by effectively signaling to the UUP that they could not be outflanked by the UUP adopting a more anti-agreement position, and if the Assembly duly collapsed they could at least share the ‘blame’ with UUP. Unionist disunity as ever, never far from the surface, with SF laughing all the way to the elections.

  • Kevsterino

    Blue,

    Is it not “whataboutery”?

  • Paul

    more antics on Allister and the TUV.folks see blow

    Dictatorship’ claims as TUV man resigns – Belfast Today

  • Blue Hammer

    Kev

    To an extent, yes.

  • Stephen Blacker

    Blue Hammer,

    Can you give me an example to back up your statement,

    “Dawn Purvis the PUP (UVF front) leader?”

  • Jean Grey

    “Unionists need to unite and ditch the sectarian baggage rather than fighting between ourselves”

    Posted by Moderate Unionist on Jan 13, 2010 @ 08:21 PM

    Isn’t this a bit of a contradiction in terms? Or are you talking in shades of sectarianism? A more socially acceptable version?

    Straying dangerously towards a them versus us argument.

  • Blue Hammer

    Stephen

    Are you claiming that the PUP is not a front for the UVF?

    Catch a grip.

  • Stephen Blacker

    Blue Hammer,

    The Progressive Unionist Party are not a front for the UVF. I thought they were at one time too until I debated political points with a PUP work colleague.

    Maybe if some people started listening to what Dawn Purvis says instead of stereotyping and making assumptions then statements like yours will not be seen as often.

  • Blue Hammer

    ok

    and SF aren’t a front for PIRA

    The PUP has ALWAYS had links with the UVF. Like David Ervine? Or Billy Hutchinson? And per its own website continues to have such links.

    It debated ending its “special relationship” with the UVF in October 2005 but this was defeated in a closed vote at the party’s annual conference.

    If there is no relationship, then why vote not to end it?

  • Stephen Blacker

    Blue Hammer,

    I cannot speak for the PUP but it is my understanding that people like the Late David Ervine worked with the UVF/RHC to persuade them that guns and killing was not the answer to Northern Ireland’s future.

    The debate in 2005 was comfirmation that the PUP would not give up their goal of taking more guns out of circulation in NI. Staying close to the UVF/RHC helped to draw them closer to a peaceful path.

    The PIRA were a strain of the republican movement and Sinn Fein was another stain of the same movement and different to the PUP.

  • Blue Hammer

    Oh yes, the failed UVF bomber David Ervine. Mates with UVF double-killer Billy Hutchinson. Fine examples of the PUP not being a front for the UVF.

  • Fabianus

    This is like watching a car crash. Or perhaps pile-up is more appropriate.

    However, NI politicians are no less despicable than those in any other country. So that’s okay then.

  • Stephen Blacker

    Blue Hammer,

    The two people you mentioned went to Long Kesh and did their time and they also learnt that there was a better way. When they were released they spend their time trying to teach people that they had more in common with the “enemy” than they realised.

    The Late David Ervine was labeled a “Lundy” and a “Traitor” for daring to talk peace with republicans. People like this took great risks to move our two tribes away from violence.

  • Stewart

    I tend to think about a young innocent lad like like Thomas Devlin at this time, not Hutchinson.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7053993.stm

  • PACE Parent

    Brian,
    In your intro to this thread you cite Jim Allister’s concerns over a DUP deal on P&J.
    It might have been helpful to quote the TUV leader’s cautionary quotation including the Sinn Fein goal.

    “”Sadly, the DUP, petrified of an election, is preparing to put party before country by surrendering to Sinn Fein’s key “Brits Out” demand over policing and justice. In their last parliamentary manifesto they made it’s strategic importance to the republican movement very clear:

    “Our strategy is for a new all-Ireland policing and justice system. That cannot be achieved without the transfer of policing and justice powers away from London, into an Executive and Assembly and the all-Ireland institutions.”

    Perhaps you can explain the benefits of urgent devolution of policing and justice powers Brian? A family in Randalstown would love to hear your desk bound rationale.