Some of the stuff that’s been revealed about the contents is a bit bizarre: while details of prison and PSNI officers would indeed be extremely disturbing, the fact that “the names of Tony Blair and Bill Clinton” are mentioned doesn’t really fill one with fear. What, is the 'RA planning a ‘spectacular’ in Little Rock?
Good analysis, manwithaplan. Do you think the UUP might collapse the assembly before a verdict, though? This, if true, also has far-reaching implications wrt SF’s membership of the Policing Board.
Now to Go alien’s post:
Well I’m sure it affects the people of Northern Ireland more than it does people in Monaghan and Donegal (point: Ulster is 9 counties, NI is 6). I would say (though someone living there could confirm) that since the GFA there’s been a lot more peace about.
Quite true, though one should of course temper this with the relatively low crime rate - i.e. the thugs are doing what thugs do, it’s just they’re members of paramilitaries rather than gangsters, and the dividing line is very thin.
Immasculation is debatable, and I agree there’s a long way to go, but the PSNI set-up is still better than the RUC.
Strong rhetoric there, old chap. If you recall, it wasn’t Bertie and Bill that won the Nobel Peace prize. And, despite the worsening situation as described by Aro, I am sure the casualty figures are distinctly down on previous decades.
They have - not all, or enough, but the word “any” is incorrect in this instance. They also have a large minority mandate, like it or not.
IMO only, of course, not talking to Adams and McGuinness is the one thing that will guarantee a lack of peace for the people of Northern Ireland.