They said Loyalists were coming in from the cold
How do we feel about today’s declaration?
Since Mr Cameron insisted the new Triumvirate would investigate all paramilitary associations?
What do Loyalists want?
” a three strand ‘wish list’ that includes input into future political talks, an end to historic prosecutions and additional community jobs and facilities.”
1) They will have input into future political talk as soon as people in NI vote for them. So far they haven’t.
2) Since they are asking for an end to historic prosecutions, Loyalists mustn’t be happy about the mountains of evidence of collusion between them and Crown forces in the murder of Catholics that are coming to public attention – in the EU no less.
3) Money, money, money
“Loyal to the half-crown, not the crown” said older generations in Belfast.
“Pay them enough and they’ll go away” say people today.
He also mentioned the poor standard of education in loyalist youth.
We know what causes that.
Young people in Loyalist communities told us.
The Ulster Volunteer Force, Ulster Defence Association and Red Hand Commando still exist in some shape and form.
They are illegal, proscribed organizations.
Queries: Why weren’t they arrested at the press conference?
Where’s the Unionist expression of horror at their existence?
What happens next ?
will be the benchmarks set up to monitor
*an exit strategy
*distancing from crimes like drug dealing, extortion,sectarianism, racism, burning and intimidating people out of their homes, murder, violence and so on.
Comment: Renouncing sectarianism in all its variegated manifestations and desisting from house burning/intimidation will be the hardest steps for Loyalists
Query: Coffee anyone?