Is the Chief Constable sane?

Let us tease this one out .I would dearly love to understand the logic of a man who has  stood before the television cameras and stated that on  one hand the IRA is a  banned organisation and on the other hand it is now  only  like some” Old Boys Society” helping its old members along the line of peace…a sort of Old Felons Club. Then I ask myself …if that is the case why are they banned? You might as well ban the Girl Guides in that scenario. It’s a fact though , in Norneverland the IRA is a banned organisation.At the moment that’s about the only “fact” we can hang our caps on because we’ve heard so much non-sensible , creative ambiguity that language and logic  has been turned inside -out like a pillowcase. That ‘s not unusual here in this Wonderland of Madness.

Then in another breath the Chief Constable declares that members of the old IRA are working in cohorts with some Dissident republicans  and are involved  in criminal activity…..murder, in fact. How can a Dissident  or a Continuity IRA man who is opposed to the IRA and any politicians and political out-workings , which were in the past associated with that grouping, work in tandem with their  now professed enemies? …That is ,if Sinn Fein and the IRA is the same thing .Well,  if Sinn Fein and the IRA are one and the same thing , logic dictates that Sinn Fein are no greater threat than those Girl Guides. So what is the problem here?Why all this talk of removing them from government?

In the end , what has any of it to do with Sinn Fein,  as a political party?

Then our usually very quiet Secretary of State comes onstage from England  to tell  us all that we know and have long known , that the IRA is still part of the ongoing play. I didn’t know anything of the sort .Why was I not  told years ago ? Why weren’t the voters told about any of this before they cast their votes in the past  ? The people , closest to them in the past, who should know better than anyone , claim the IRA  have long -ago gone away. So how would the Secretary of State know better than someone like Gerry Kelly, an ex-IRA man who long ago took the political route.? I’d just like to know that if  our secretary of State is prepared to hold this kind of information from me and in effect, tell me a lie about it by saying nothing, what else is she capable of lying about? Well, she’s a politician and they like to call lying “creative ambiguity”.

I think we all want to know some answers but so far  we’ve had none . The radio is alive with argument , veiled threats to bring down the institutions of government and all the rest. It’s a fact that unionist policticians can barely hide their joy at these “revelations”. It takes the heat off the DUP  and the NAMA  property  scandal  and directs the flame at Sinn Fein. That’s fair enough in politics .That’s what politicians do .In the middle of it all there are two dead men, each murdered . To most people beyond the streets of Belfast, they’ll hardly even know their names or who they were. Their families and friends might mourn their passing , but  everyone else will just read about them in the papers  for a few weeks. something about rivalry and drugs or whatever.

Are they the two dead bodies that will consign local government to the dustbin? .I don’t really think so. Unionists obviously want to stick it to Sinn Fein . They’ve been looking for an excuse to get out of their Pushmepullyou  pact since they  were forced to share power with republicans.On the streets unionism will simply rub their hands together at the loss of  another couple of perceived  enemies but I doubt they’d know what to do with themselves if they thought the could bring the government down .What they’d really be hoping for would be to put a nail in the republican boot-sole. in the Republic of Ireland there’ll be those who will feel the same with elections looming and 1916 celebrations on the near-horizon..That would also suit those in London when they think of a powerful sinn Fein in a coalition Dublin Government. In London , the Secretary of  State , already on her way out to greener pastures, cares little and is already making light of this latest kerfuffle . She knows that most of it is all smoke and mirrors, like a mad dream from the “Wizard of Oz”, just about clinging to reality. Behind all the raving, ranting , lies and ambiguity ,we’ve still only got the bare clay and bones of our own wee selves here in Norneverland.

When it comes to local government , twist and turn all we like , but we’ll come up with the same old game with the same set of people, players  and politicians and that same deck of cards to play with. There’ll be no change there in the mirror  when the smoke clears.