If the Chief Constable said what I think he said, then WTF???

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Did my ears deceive me, or did I just hear on TV  the Chief Constable and one of his understrappers both make patently clear that the IRA does not exist as a paramilitary organisation?  That its active service units no longer exist? That its members have now turned their attention to working for their goals through exclusively peaceful means?

Because if I did, then Mike Nesbitt is exposed as the most breath-takingly opportunistic politician that we’ve seen around for a while, and that’s saying something. Close behind him of course is Peter Robinson, huffing and puffing about this very serious situation.

Listen, guys. No paramilitary organisation  – got that? No active service units – OK? The IRA, according to the Chief Constable, is addressing itself to things in a totally peaceful way. Surely that has penetrated into the echoing space between your ears. And yet you’re yelling that the political sky is falling. Well done, men. You’re really serving your constituents well.

And it’s no good saying two men have been violently killed. We know that. There was also a unionist/loyalist a month ago who is alleged to have tried to kill a police officer with a sword. Another loyalist/unionist man of violence thought that nailing another man’s hand to a counter was a good idea. Did either of these events excite your condemnation? Comment even? And yes,  Peter, we know you spoke up for that elderly gentleman. The one who forty years ago was in possession of guns and explosives. As First Minister serving all the people, you did what you could to get him off.

I’m not sure what the police were up to, when they spoke words that somehow allowed unionist politicians, notably the Ulster Unionists, to clap their hand to their collective throat and shriek. But this evening, on TV, the police made it clear that the IRA has abandoned violence. So now tell me again: what was the terrible threat to our institutions that required one unionist party to stride in a high moral dudgeon out of the Executive, and a second unionist party to call for the suspension of Stormont over the next four weeks?

We all know there’s an election early next year. But do you have blunder about and make your electioneering so obvious? I suspect there will be more thoughtful unionist voters who will not appreciate being offered a paper tiger and told that it really can roar.

24 Responses to If the Chief Constable said what I think he said, then WTF???

  1. Richard Gaughan September 3, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    45 minutes into the RTE news not a word about it. It was on the UTV HEADLINES

  2. ANOTHER JUDE September 3, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    Unionist continue to behave like a man in a loveless marriage, try as he might he just does not love his wife, in fact, he can barely stand the sight of her. He didn`t even want to marry her he HAD to, there was no alternative. His father (Britain) forced him,old daddy Britain never had any love for his son, he was a bit of a feckless sort of son, always causing trouble and insanely jealous and resentful of his father`s other children, he had been told listen son, you have to marry the girl, maybe if you hadn`t gotten her into trouble…..

  3. ANOTHER JUDE September 3, 2015 at 6:03 pm #

    blooming repeats…..

  4. Francis September 3, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

    Empty political maneuvers, from empty political Dinosaurs, lamenting the absence of a Spectre they can easily define themselves in opposition to.
    Jim Moleneux(sp), said that the IRA Ceasefire was a “Calamity” for Unionists.
    That Mike (TV) Nesbitt, has tried to outflank others in the Afrikaner mould, by withdrawing from Power Sharing, knowing full well the potential consequences for Ireland with any Political Power Vacuum, as history demonstrates, is nothing short of Criminal. No Evidence, yet this Grandee of propriety has raced recklessly to Collapse the Agreement for his own selfish purposes, exposes him as a Charlatan, and a fraud.
    Circumventing due process, his claims of Moral Integrity, should be paid attention to at the next election. Then again, it is an uphill task to undo the ramifications of this posturing, given the virulently anti Republican agendas zealously exacted by the Media, in both the north and south of the country. The truth will out, and history judge, but for now Mike (TV) and Billy (the Kid) Hutchinson, have probably “Real” Politics to get on with as the Graduated Response has lost all impetus in the ground. Unionism as ever lacks leadership, but there is no going back to one Party Rule, no matter how much these bastions if unionism nostalgise ir throw their toys out of the pram. Meanwhile the Torys over in Britain, and the Troika “Sovereign” in the south if the country, are robbing everyone, except the very few. Maybe if a new Marching season could be Shepherded in Autumn, the sheep might feel more at ease with their self righteous indignation, lets ask Mike and Hutchy, then its Over to Suzzy for the Weather…

  5. Sherdy September 3, 2015 at 7:03 pm #

    Georgie Boy’s original statement seemed to me to be a feeble attempt to take the rough edge off his colleague (Geddes) the previous day.
    But today’s ‘clarification’ of his clarification of Geddes’ statement of original assessments, not intelligence nor information, has just thrown Nesbitt out of his plane without a parachute.
    After his grand gestures and gloating I am sure he is now hiding in his wee room at home wondering how he will extricate himself from the crap he is now sitting in.
    The cynic in me wonders if Robinson had anything to do with string pulling to encourage Georgie to make today’s statement, but then I’m sure Robbo wouldn’t sink to such Machiavellian manoeuvres!

  6. Patrick September 3, 2015 at 7:23 pm #

    Well said Francis.

  7. ben madigan September 3, 2015 at 7:25 pm #

    the upshot of the whole shenanigans is – Uk and irish governments don’t seem to pay much attention what the DUP/ Orange Order want. So far we’ve had
    1) no suspension of stormont 2) no exclusion of SF

    3) everybody ordered into talks to deal with all shades of paramilitaries . So if the IRA don’t exist as the CC says guess who they’ll be dealing with? Ms Villiers mentions ” the need to see all paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland disband once and for all”. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/villiers-need-for-urgent-focused-and-intensive-talks?

    4) suggestion the UK is fed up

    “It is vital for the sustainability of the devolved institutions that all parties seize the opportunity for urgent talks to address these issues.”

  8. billy September 3, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

    the gravy train is running out of track,lol ,the quill has a good topic about letting the cat outta the bag,

  9. pointis September 3, 2015 at 8:07 pm #

    All this lack of evidence has been put to ‘Anchor Man Mike’ by reporters along with Martin McGuinness’s condemnation of those involved and his answer was “I don’t trust Sínn Fėin”. What I think he really means is “I don’t want to trust them” it has all the whiff of the old sectarian unionism “you can’t trust a Fenian / Catholic, sure didn’t they guide Hitler’s Luftwaffe to bomb Belfast” and other such nostalgic fallacies!

    Mike could end up hoisted on his own petard!

    • Iolar September 3, 2015 at 9:14 pm #

      Annus horribilis arís.

  10. Perkin Warbeck September 3, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    Funny thing, Esteemed Blogmeister, but one also had one of those weapons-grade WTF moments in the last couple of days.

    Again, it is a sobering reminder of the spin the spinach-eating Popeyes of the Purchased Press can put on the truth.

    ‘appened so it did when one was perusing He who makes up the Minds for the Mindless down here, south of the Black Sow’s Dyke. While Fintan of The Unionist Times (for it is he !) was not actually focusing on the topic of the piranhas of PIRA, as he would think of them, O’Toole was nonetheless bringing his Moby Dick-sized mental facility to bear on another East Belfast phenomenon.

    That would be: I, Van the Thurible.

    The occasion was the reaching of the Biblical span by Sir George Ivan Morrison, OBE, to give the anti-establishment rebel his full canonical title.

    And such was the reverential scent of incense which arose from the Lent-long interview that one found oneself respectfully genuflecting one’s way down through the catechism of devout questions and crotchety (in the musical sense, of course) answers.

    Truly was there something of the infinity about the ceremonial interview which had more of the divine than the physic about it, amen. The thumping of the craw and the muttering of responsorial psalms rather than thigh-slapping laughter with the open palm were the order of this sacred ritual.

    Just as well that chortles, chuckles or giggles are not the first words which come to mind when the Morrisonian persona is mentioned.

    (Though, in fairness, going backward, Perkie’s inner antagonistic agnostic, always finds it difficult to suppress a belly-laugh when the name of Van the Hierarchical Hiace is invoked. Now, as is right well known to those of us who are addicted to the tittle tattle of High Society pages, Mrs. .G.I. Morrison, rocker, is none other than the former Miss Ireland, one Ms. Michelle Rocca.

    Who seems to have a weakness for those who dabble in the divinity.

    Her first husband, for instance, was John Devine, a blond beachboy type who played football for the Republic of Ireland when football was still called soccer and John Giles was called Johnny. Shortly after returning from his honeymoon,JD found himself welcomed back to the Aviva Stadium when it was still called Lansdowne Road with the following banner on the Havelock Square end:

    – ‘John Devine has better legs than Michelle Rocca !’.

    Which begs the following question: does Sir George Ivan Morrison, OBE, have better legs than Michelle Rocca? Reading this interview, one is left no wiser. Fintan O’Toole, acolyte, does not broach the question. Sadly, perhaps, we shall never know.

    But, the WTF moment (see above).

    {Roll of snare drums, Ringo.}

    This occurred when Perkie’s inner sceptic pressed the thingy to enable him to listen to an excerpt from a song or something called ‘Cyprus Avenue’. Just as in a normal non-spiritual religious ritual, this deferential interview was a mosaic of dappled directions to pause for a hymn.

    Well, scarcely had the song or something called Cyprus Avenue reached the last word of the first line than Perkie found himself (a) roaring W.T.F. and (b) falling in an undignified heap on the floor from his Reclining Geriatric Chair itself !

    The reason?

    There is Fifth Aven-oo. There is Madison Aven-oo. There is even Pennsylvania Aven-oo.

    But, Where T.F.is………….Cyprus Aven-oo ????

    In the Upper East Side? No, actually, but in East Belfast.

    Has Perkie been sold a pup here, he asked himself. As he flailed around for the emergency button to press. Before moving on to: has be been sold a pig in a poke, even?

    There is Big Tom McBride and then there is the opposite end of the musical spectrum, (heads bowed) the one, the only, Sir George Ivan Morrison, OBE, authentic anti-establishment rocker.

    It is, as is a kernel of the belief system of the purchased press, that only Culchie and Western caterwaulers like Big Tom McBride of Castleblaney who display their own plasticity of Paddydom by singing in a faux-Nashville Avenue.

    But……Cyprus Aven-oo ?????

    Did Fearless Fintan the Curator of Credibility challenge I, Van the Thurible on this seeming contradiction?

    As Dame Dowager Warbeck was fond of saying to a considerably younger Perkie when he was passing throuugh his (gulp) first trouser-soiling stage: ‘he did in his whole grain bread’.

    If a fine-minded peugeot-intellectual of the French School like Fintan the Finder of Truth, can skim over such a profound trifle how can we trust him not to betray us in shallower consequences?

    Such as when he parses and analyses in the manner forensic what the Chief Constable of Norneverland says?

    Cyprus Aven-oo, indeed.

  11. Ryan September 3, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

    Mike TV took this opportunity to start off his Assembly Election campaign, putting the entire Assembly at risk and the possible ensuing chaos that could have followed that for the sake of his own narrow minded electioneering. That is disgraceful. The UUP took 2 seats in Mays General Election, one from SF which they will lose in the future and another one from the DUP. Mike TV is now aiming to take Assembly seats from the DUP. Everyone knows Mike leaving the executive had really nothing to do with the PIRA, it was all to do with Unionist Rivalry, which is getting more and more bitter by the day. They will both play the game of “Who can appear more anti-republican”, as the election gets closer.

    The hypocrisy of the Unionist parties is outstanding, as everyone knows. They hate and despise Republicans but are very matey and cosy with active Loyalist/Unionist paramilitaries. Mike and Peter even formed the “graduated response” along with UPRG/UDA and PUP/UVF. UUP and DUP members have shared platforms at Twaddell with Unionist paramilitaries. In the past DUP members shared platforms with serial killers such as Billy Wright and carried the coffins of UDA Godfathers. DUP Sammy Wilson even praised a UDA plan of ethnic cleansing of Catholics in the early 1990’s. I could go on.

    The question has to be asked: What links does the DUP/UUP have to Unionist paramilitaries and why isn’t nationalists demanding an investigation into these parties? Why should we tolerate any links these Unionist parties may have to active drug dealing and murdering terrorist groups? Time for Nationalists to stop laying down and stand up for ourselves.

  12. Iolar September 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm #

    Flann O’Brien suggests that the point being made is not the point at all, just the beginning of the sharpness. Perhaps the the Chief Constable has been reading The Book of Revelation given he does not wish to feed the political beast. Maybe he is just reminding MLA’s not to exceed the feeding limit?

  13. Séamus Ó Néill September 4, 2015 at 8:48 am #

    Does this not leave the Chief Constable in a very tenous position….it’s like doing the hokey-cokey. At at the behest of whom did he make his original ,unsubstantiated , remarks ? On both sides of the mythical border the media has gone into convulsed delirium at the gifted opportunity to attack and vilify Sinn Féin…..damage not easily erased from peoples minds. How can we ever build the necessary inter-party trust and confidence when someone in such a position of authority can casually throw the proverbial spanner in the works with such haphazard consequences .

  14. Jim Neeson September 4, 2015 at 9:00 am #

    I wonder which part of F—- Off do Unionists not understand?

    • Neill September 4, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

      Stay classy Jim I know its hard but keep trying!

  15. michael c September 4, 2015 at 9:24 pm #

    Perkin, my brother was visiting his local garage this week in the middle of the Van Morrison hysteria.As the brakes were being bled,the subject came up and the spanner man asked my brother :”is Van his real name?” My brother replied : “naw he’s Ivan Morrison”,to which the mechanic replied “why do they call him VAN then?”

  16. Willie D. September 6, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    “Its members have now turned their attention to working for their goals through exclusively peaceful means.”
    In other words they will, in future, devote all their time to racketeering, fuel laundering , etc, with just the occasional murder for housekeeping purposes. So, it looks as if we’ll have to put up with the development and open-ended existence of mafia-like organisations on both sides of the community. Of course, on their side of the divide, Sinn Fein can, no doubt, look forward to the laundering of some of the proceeds into their coffers.

    • Jude Collins September 6, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

      Willie D – I assume you’ve put the evidence for these smuggling, etc, charges in the hands of the PSNI and the Gardai?

      • giordanobruno September 6, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

        I think they already know.
        Did the Dept of Justice not estimate the IRA’s assets at 400 million euro?
        Are you now calling on them to hand it all back? Good man.

      • Argenta September 6, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

        So there’s no smuggling or fuel laundering in South Armagh?!!All these raids on fuel laundering plants must have been a figment of our imagination !

  17. Séamus Ó Néill September 6, 2015 at 8:49 pm #

    Yes ,Willie D , smoke and mirrors, innuendos ,suppositions ,and of course,perfidy ……whilst the rest of us have to deal with the truth and the horrible realisation that in the opaque mind of Unionism we are STILL not fit to inhabit our own land……we have had enough !

    • Neill September 7, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      Seamus stick to answering the question rather than moping!