Madness governs Northern Ireland to a degree that would have been unimaginable but a few short years ago!
Mr Jim Allister KC, leader of the Traditional Unionist Party, was correct in what he said of the decision to appoint convicted terrorist, Gerry Kelly, to the panel charged with the task of appointing a new Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland!
It is a case equivalent to the ‘devil being put in charge of who enters heaven’!
This is a degree of lunacy that is an indication of just what took root when the DUP entered an agreement to share power with Sinn Fein/IRA. From that foul sowing has sprung the innumerable manifestations of our society in the grip of a blind mania, born of a rejection of the wisdom and truth of God’s Word.
For the cause of that departure we point an accusing finger at the ecumenical ‘false prophets’ of the main churches here in Ulster.
Here is a report in the ‘Belfast News Letter’ which contains the comments of Mr Allister.
Sincerely in Christ’s name,
The inclusion of a former IRA bomber on a panel responsible for selecting a new PSNI chief constable has been branded “perverse” by Jim Allister.
The TUV leader said that having Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly involved in the process is the outworkings of the “constant pandering to republicanism”.
Former chief constable Simon Byrne resigned from the post earlier this month after a High Court judge ruled that two probationer constables had been unlawfully disciplined for an arrest made following an event commemorating the 1992 Sean Graham bookmakers massacre.
Gerry Kelly has been an MLA for North Belfast since 1998 and sits on the NI Policing Board.
He escaped from the Maze Prison in 1983 while serving a jail sentence for his role in the 1973 bombing of the Old Bailey in London.
Mr Kelly has been unequivocal in his condemnation of dissident republican violence, and has called on the various groupings to “disband and get off the back of the community”.
However, Mr Allister has claimed that the PSNI will remain “beholden to Sinn Fein” while such senior Sinn Fein figures are involved in selecting a chief constable.
“This could only happen in a Northern Ireland shaped by the perverse process of constant pandering to republicanism,” Mr Allister said.
“It should not be forgotten that Sinn Fein buy in to policing was sold to unionists as a victory.”
Mr Allister added: “Looking at the sway that republicans hold over policing it hardly looks like a victory now.
“Nor should it be forgotten that when I brought forward a [Stormont] bill which would have removed Gerry Kelly from the Policing Board it was defeated by the pan-nationalist/Alliance Party coalition.”
Board chair Deirdre Toner said the new chief constable “will require the requisite strategic thinking and ability to develop and deliver organisational and operational plans in the short, medium and longer term, with the support of the service executive team, and with … agencies and stakeholders”.
The annual salary is £219,894.