No party throughout the democratic world can achieve political power without first affirming support for the various institutions of the country/territory they have been mandated to govern. In particular, the law-enforcing agents of the State must have that support whilst retaining their operational and structural independence. Otherwise you would see a situation in the democratic West similar to the various coups that have taken place across Africa. Zambia saw an attempted coup in 1997; Congo experienced the same in May of this year. Each time the parties attempting the coup tried to enlist the support of the police and/or the army to achieve their goals. In Africa, where human rights abuses are commonplace, coups are understandable if not justifiable. In the democratic West there is no system of government, nor has there been a history of government, where human rights ‘violations’ other than those minor indiscretions targeted by the likes of the loony Left or Irish separatism, have occurred. I know there are those who foamed at the mouth because some beturbaned hate-preaching Islamist or some Provisional IRA bacterium had been accorded nothing more from the police and justice system than they so richly deserved, but that is far removed from the experiences in other parts of the globe. In short, if you want to govern in the West, you support the legally-empowered forces of the State – end of discussion.
It is bad enough that the DUP are supping with the republican devil (and my purpose here is not to concentrate too much on their decision), without them having to face the clarion calls of a resuscitated pan-nationalist front demanding that all the pressure be put on them to force their hand. That very call is now coming from Sinn Fein’s political bitch, the Social Democratic and Separatist Party whose leader, Mark Durkan, has insisted the British and Alien governments show Paisley’s crowd just who is in charge. Nothing about the fundamental pre-condition of support for law and order (though I suspect it would amount to seldom more than cheap words). Durkan would rather see his ideological masters presiding over Northern Ireland without having to support the police, than face the prospect of Direct Rule and a morally-intact Unionist bloc. I always think the SDLP criticising Sinn Fein has all the comic irony of a pimp’s underling questioning the indecency of prostitution.
Sinn Fein and the SDLP are SEPARATISTS! They will always work hand-in-glove for anything designed (short or long-term) for the instability and eventual destruction of Northern Ireland. Durkan’s role as Sinn Fein’s Ulster play-thing only reinforces that fact. When are the DUP going to wake up!!!?