For my last Feeney Watch of ’06 I want to take another look at Bigoted Bri’s ever-more prominent journey into the IRA’s political knickers. He says the Provos are right to refuse to endorse the police until a deal satisfactory to their aim of corrupting it from within is in place. He says:
‘Unionists like to claim, as they have always claimed, that they are the ‘law-abiding community’, as if nationalists are a kind of sub-species who enjoy criminality and endorse lawlessness. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact northern nationalists have always wanted but never enjoyed, proper policing.’
To me the definition of a ‘law-abiding community’ is one which is accepting of the State in which it lives; cooperates and follows the tenets of good community relations; obeys the law of the land; and, most importantly, does not massively endorse the use of illegal militias/terrorists to kill innocent people under the false pastiche of a ‘liberation struggle’. On these measures Unionists hold all the aces. As far as I, and thousands of others across this land are concerned, we don’t CLAIM nationalists are a sub-species, nationalists ARE a sub-species. A people who who can give increasing support to the frontsmen of terrorists who killed nearly 2,000 people are not fit to walk the streets. Those who were law-abiding were protected by the Royal Ulster Constabulary – simple as!!!
‘Policing in the north was created by and for unionists. Policing always belonged to unionists because they believed the very existence of their northern state depended on a police force created to defend it.’
Balderdash!!! Policing in Northern Ireland was created on the same basis that every other police force in the western world is created – to defend the integrity of the State in which it serves. That is no less in the official remit of the PSNI than it was of the RUC; and no less than the Garda is expected to uphold in the Irish Republic; the Carabinieri in Italy; or Deputy Inspector Michael Lau, who supervises the police operations on New York’s Fifth Precinct. Given that nationalists still think they are entitled to share power in the State just so as they can destroy it, the more rancid analysts in that community continue to see policing through that prism.
Feeney, by his typical prattling poison, not only insults the hundreds of Catholic RUC officers who served their country down the years, he also pours scorn on those in his erstwhile party who do give their support to the PSNI. As for the Unionist ‘meedja’, perhaps he can tell me where the Ulster’s British community has the equivalent of An Phoblacht, Andersonstown News, South Belfast News, North Belfast News or the moribund Daily Provo? And all acting as fly-posters for republican propaganda!!
Those who wish to govern Northern Ireland either give support to the police and, by extension, the State, and exercise power. Or they withhold that support and forget about ever holding power again. No ‘ifs’, ‘buts’ or ‘quid pro quos’. The choice is theirs.