Thursday, February 1, 2007

On adverts and emails...

It'll be no surprise to learn that the storm following the 'leaked email' from Hugh Orde and the public comments of some former RUC officers has kept some of us on our toes all day. We will be putting a fuller response on here soon, but in the meantime, West Belfast MLA Alex Attwood summarises the position well:

"For generations policing in the North has been vulnerable to undue political and governmental influence. In 2002 at the birth of the Policing Board the British Government were at their business again. The SDLP flatly refused to play that game and bluntly told the British Government that appointments were the exclusive responsibility of the Policing Board and exclusively a merit based decision. This government still believes that public appointments can get politically fixed. Then, as now the SDLP stands against any such approach."

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